How To Add Currency Conversion In WordPress

Learn how to easily add currency conversion to your WordPress website or blog using a free WordPress plugin called Currencyr.

Add Currency Conversion To WordPressAre you planning to set up an e-commerce site, or sell products online? If so, then you should consider providing your prospects with currency conversion.

Currency conversion software allows your web visitors to have the price of an international currency amount translated to their home currency at the purchase or checkout phase. It also allows your visitors and customers to see the exact amount their card or PayPal account will be charged, expressed in their home currency.

The obvious advantage of providing currency conversion on your site is that it allows visitors to view and understand pricing in foreign countries in their own local currency, making it it easier for visitors to work out their costs and expenses.

If your site is built with WordPress, it’s easy and simple to add a currency conversion plugin to your WordPress site, allowing your prospective customers to quickly and easily work out the cost of your goods.

Currencyr

Currencyr - Currency Converter For WP Web Sites

Currencyr is a simple yet advanced, intuitive, easy-to-use and complete currency converter plugin with a visually attractive converter tooltip. It’s also free to install and use on your website.

This currency conversion WordPress plugin includes advanced features like the following:

  • Inline conversion tool
  • Supports a number of exchange rates providers, like Yahoo!, Google, Open Exchange Rates, European Central Bank and FoxRates
  • Support database cache driven for fast response
  • Widgetized currency table and converter
  • Can be integrated with various e-store plugins such as WooCommerce, WP-eCommerce & Easy Digital Downloads.
  • Automatic local currency detection
  • Full translation support

Important: The Currencyr plugin requires PHP 5.3.0 or later. Do not use this plugin if you currently have an older version of PHP installed on your server. Ask your web host to check and upgrade your PHP.

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You can install the plugin from your WP dashboard by typing in “currencyr” into the Plugins search field and clicking the “Install Now” button …

WP Plugin - Currencyr

After you have installed and activated the plugin, you can configure the plugin’s settings by selecting Currencyr from your dashboard navigation menu …

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The plugin settings section provides several configuration options …

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For example, you can select your base currency from a dropdown menu. The default option is ’USD’ …

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You can also specify which data provider you want to use from the dropdown menu in the Provider section. The default selection is ‘Yahoo! Finance’, but you can also choose one of the other options, such as FoxRate or Google Finance …

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Note: If you choose ‘Open Exchange Rates’ as your provider, you will need to obtain an API (Application Programming Interface) ID …

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You can select how frequently you would like to update the exchange rates by selecting an option from the Update Rates drop-down menu …

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The plugin uses jQuery, which is an open-source library of Javascript code that allows web developers to add things like animation effects to web applications (like WordPress plugins).

Unless there is a reason to change the jQuery settings, leave these as they are …

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Edit the remainder of the plugin settings and don’t forget to click the Save Changes button when you have finished configuring this screen …

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Once your plugin settings have been configured, you can easily start adding currency conversion to any WordPress post or page using widgets.

See the ‘Additional Plugin Notes’ section further below to learn how to use currency codes (e.g. USD, GBP, ZAR, etc …) with the Currencyr plugin.

Currencyr Shortcodes

You can insert currency conversion into WordPress posts, pages and widgets with no technical skills or knowledge using shortcodes.

Let’s take a look at some examples of currency shortcodes that you can add to pages and posts:

Let’s say that you are selling goods online for a fixed amount (e.g. $175) in US Dollars (USD), and you want to display the price converted into British pounds (GBP) on your product information page.

All you need to do is add the following shortcode to your page content …

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Note: You can also insert amounts in dollars and cents (e.g. 175.00, 197.00, 129.10, etc …)

The example below shows how the shortcode looks after being inserted into your page …

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After publishing the page or post, the converted currency amount will then appear as you can see in the example below …

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Using the above example, let’s also display the same amount into different currencies.

To do this, use the shortcode below (you can add as many currency symbols as you want by using vertical pipes) …

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The example below now shows how the above shortcode looks when added to a post …

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Once the page has been published, the currency conversion will then appear as you can see below …

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refer to the ‘Additional Plugin Notes’ section at the bottom of this tutorial to learn more about changing the currency separator symbol within the Currencyr plugin.

Now, let’s suppose that you want to select a different base currency than the one selected as your default.

For example, if you have set your default base currency as EUR and you have a section on your site targeted to non-European visitors (for example, Australia or Canada), you can change the base currency using the following shortcode …

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The example below shows how the shortcode looks when added to a post …

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Once your information has been published, your converted currency will then appear like this …

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Using The Widget

You can also insert currency conversion into your website’s sidebar using the plugin’s widget.

To add the currency converter to your sidebar, select Appearance > Widgets from your WordPress user admin menu …

WordPress Menu: Appearance > Widgets

In the Widgets > Available Widgets section find the ‘Currencyr’ widget and drag it to the ‘Active Widgets’ location …

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Configure the widget settings as shown below (add currency codes separated by a comma), and click Save to save your settings …

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Your currency converter will now show on your website’s sidebar with the options you have selected …

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Additional Plugin Notes

This section contains additional information about using the Currencyr plugin.

Currency Separator

The Currencyr plugin lets you specify the symbol to display as the currency separator when using several currencies.

You can select a different symbol in the ‘Multiple Separator’ settings field.

So, for example, entering the default symbol “/” (forward slash) …

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Separates all your prices using the forward slash as shown below …

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If you specify another symbol and resave your settings …

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Your web visitors will see the new symbol display as the currency separator …

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e-Commerce Software Integration

As described earlier, the plugin integrates with various WordPress-compatible e-commerce plugins like WooCommerce, WP-eCommerce and Easy Digital Downloads …

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(image sourced from Currencyr plugin site)

And there you have it! Now you can go and easily add currency conversion to your e-commerce web site.

To learn more about WordPress e-commerce plugins, see the tutorial below:

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