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 …

How To Add Currency Conversion To WordPressAre you thinking about setting up an e-commerce website or making goods available for sale to an overseas market? If so, then here’s a great idea: think about providing users with the convenience of currency conversion on your website.

Currency converting software allows your visitors to have the price of an international currency transaction translated to their home currency at the buying or checkout stage. It also allows your customers to see the exact amount their credit card or PayPal account will be charged, expressed in their own local currency.

One great benefit of adding currency conversion is that it allows customers to see and understand pricing in foreign countries in their own local currency, and makes it easier for visitors to work out their costs and expenses.

If your site is powered by WordPress, it’s easy and simple to add currency conversion using a plugin to WordPress, allowing your customers to quickly and easily understand the cost of your goods.

WP Currency Converting Plugin – Currencyr

Currencyr - Free Currency Converter For WP Sites

Currencyr is a simple yet advanced, intuitive, easy-to-use and complete currency converter WordPress plugin with a beautiful and unique converter tooltip. And, it’s 100% free!

This currency conversion plugin features:

  • Inline converter
  • Supports various exchange rates providers, such as Google, Open Exchange Rates & European Central Bank
  • Support database cache driven for fast response
  • Currency table and converter widget
  • Can be integrated with various online shopping plugins like WooCommerce, WP-eCommerce, Shopp, and Easy Digital Downloads.
  • Can detect local currency automatically
  • Full translation support

Important: This plugin requires PHP 5.3.0 or later. Do not install this plugin if you currently have an older version of PHP installed on your server. Alternatively, ask your web host to upgrade your PHP.

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You can install the currency conversion plugin from your WordPress admin area by searching for “currencyr” in the Plugins section and clicking “Install Now” …

WordPress Plugin - Currency Converter

After installing and activating the plugin, you can access the plugin’s settings by selecting Currencyr from your admin user area …

WordPress Plugin - Currency Converter

This takes you to the plugin settings section …

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For example, you can select a base currency from a drop-down menu. The default option is ’United States Dollar’ …

WordPress Plugin - Currency Converter

You can 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 select one of the other options, such as FoxRate or Open Exchange Rates …

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Note: If you select ‘Open Exchange Rates’ as your provider, an API (Application Programming Interface) will be required …

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You can specify how often you would like to update the currency exchange rates by selecting an option from the ‘Update Rates’ drop-down menu …

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

Unless you have a reason to edit the jQuery settings, leave them as they are …

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Edit the rest of the settings to suit your needs and don’t forget to click Save Changes when you have finished configuring this screen …

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Once you have configured your settings, you can easily add currency conversion to any WP post using shortcodes.

Refer to the ‘Additional Plugin Notes’ section below to learn more about using currency codes (e.g. USD, AUD, CAD, etc …) with this plugin.

How To Use Currencyr Shortcodes

You can easily add currency conversion to posts, pages and widgets without editing your web templates using shortcodes.

Here are some examples of currency shortcodes that you can add to posts and pages:

Let’s say that you retail goods on your site for a set price (e.g. $175) in US Dollars (USD), and you would like to show this price converted into British pounds (GBP) on your sales page.

To display this information, simply insert the shortcode below to your page content …

WP Plugin - Currency Converter

Note: You can also insert pricing in dollars and cents (for example, 19.95, 37.95, 399.99, etc …)

The example below shows how your shortcode looks after being added to your product page …

WP Plugin - Currency Conversion

After your page has been published, your converted currency will then appear like this …

WordPress Plugin - Currency Conversion

Using this example, let’s now display the same price into different currency formats.

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

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You can see how the above shortcode appears when inserted into a page …

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After publishing the information, the converted currency will then appear like this …

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refer to the ‘Additional Plugin Notes’ section further below to learn more about changing the currency separator symbol in this plugin.

Now, suppose you would like to select a different base currency than the one selected as the default.

For example, say you have specified your default base currency as EUR and you have a section on your website targeted to visitors in countries like Australia or Canada, you can change the base currency using the following shortcode …

WordPress Plugin - Currency Converter

The example below now shows how the shortcode appears when inserted into a page …

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Once your post or page has been published, your currency conversion will then display like this …

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How To Use The Currencyr Widget

You can also insert a currency converter into your website’s sidebar using a widget.

To add the currency converter to your sidebar area, select Appearance > Widgets in your WordPress dashboard menu …

WordPress Menu: Appearance > Widgets

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

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

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The currency conversion tool will now show on your sidebar menu with the options you have specified when configuring the widget …

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Additional Plugin Notes

Here are some additional notes and useful information about using the plugin.

Currency Separator

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

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

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

WP Plugin - Currency Converter

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

WordPress Plugin - Currency Conversion

If you modify the symbol and resave your settings …

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Your website visitors will see the new symbol used as the currency separator …

WordPress Plugin - Currencyr

Integration With WP e-Commerce Software

As stated earlier, the plugin integrates with various WordPress-compatible e-commerce plugins such as WooCommerce, Shopp, and Easy Digital Downloads …

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(above image sourced from plugin site)

Congratulations! Now you can go and easily add currency conversion to your WordPress website.

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

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