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.

Adding Currency Conversion To WordPressDo you plan to set up a WordPress-based e-commerce site, or sell goods online? If so, then it’s a great idea to think about providing users with the convenience of currency conversion on your e-commerce site.

Currency conversion software tools let your site visitors convert foreign currency pricing into their local currency at the buying or checkout phase. It also allows your visitors and customers to view the exact amount their card or PayPal account will be charged, displayed in their home currency.

One advantage of displaying currency conversion on your website is that it allows visitors 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.

Fortunately, if you are a WordPress user, it’s easy to add a currency conversion plugin to currency conversion to WordPress using a plugin, allowing your visitors to quickly understand the cost of your products.

Currencyr – Free Currency Conversion Plugin For WP Websites And Blogs

Currencyr

Currencyr is an intuitive, easy-to-use and complete currency converter plugin with a unique and attractive converter tooltip. And, it’s completely free to install and use on your WP site.

Some of the many features of this great plugin include:

  • In-line conversion tool
  • Supports a number of exchange rates providers, like Yahoo!, Open Exchange Rates & European Central Bank
  • Supports Shortcodes
  • Currency table and converter widget
  • Supports integration with various online shopping plugins like WooCommerce and Shopp.
  • Automatically detects local currency
  • Full language translation support

Note: This plugin requires your server to be running PHP 5.3.0 or later. Do not use this plugin if you are running an older version of PHP on your server. Alternatively, ask your webhosting company to update your PHP.

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You can install the Currencyr plugin from your WP dashboard by searching for “currencyr” in the Plugins area and clicking the ”Install Now” button …

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When the plugin has been installed and activated, you can visit the plugin’s settings page by choosing Currencyr from your admin area …

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The plugin settings screen offers you many configuration settings …

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For example, you can select your base currency from a dropdown menu if you want something other than the default option ’United States Dollar’ …

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Similarly, you can choose which data provider you want to use from the drop-down menu in the Provider section. The default selection is Yahoo Finance, but you can select one of the other options, such as European Central Bank 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 often you would like the currency exchange rates to be updated by selecting an option from the Update Rates drop-down menu …

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The plugin uses jQuery, which lets web developers add things like animation effects to web applications (such as WP plugins).

If you have no reason to edit the jQuery settings, simply ignore this option …

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Configure the remainder of the plugin settings and remember to click ‘Save Changes’ when done …

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After your plugin settings have been configured, you can easily start adding currency conversion to your WP website’s posts using shortcodes and widgets.

See the ‘Additional Plugin Notes’ section at the bottom of this tutorial to learn how to use currency codes (e.g. USD, AUD, ZAR, etc …) with the Currencyr plugin.

Shortcodes

You can add currency conversion to posts, pages and widgets without touching code using shortcodes.

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

Let’s say that you retail goods online 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.

All you need to do is insert the shortcode below into your post or page …

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Note: You can also add prices in dollars and cents (for example, 89.95, 47.00, 295.75, etc …)

The screenshot below shows how your shortcode should look after being added to the page …

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After your page or post has been published, the converted currency will display like this …

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Using this example, let’s now convert the same amount into different currencies.

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

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

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After publishing the content, your currency conversion will then appear like this …

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See the ‘Additional Plugin Notes’ section below to learn more about changing the currency separator symbol within this plugin.

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

For example, say you have set your default base currency as EUR and you have a section on your e-commerce pages targeted to customers in countries like Australia or Canada, you can change the base currency using the following shortcode …

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The screenshot below now shows how the shortcode looks when inserted into a page …

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Once the content has been published, your currency conversion will then appear like this …

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Plugin Widget

You can also add a currency converter to your website or blog’s sidebar menu using the plugin’s widget.

To add currency conversion to your sidebar area, choose Appearance > Widgets in your WP user admin menu …

WP 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 in the screenshot below (add currency codes separated by a comma), and click ‘Save’ to save your settings …

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Your currency converter tool will now display on your sidebar menu with the settings you have specified …

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Additional Plugin Notes

This section contains additional information about using the Currencyr plugin.

Currency Separator

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

You can change the symbol in the Multiple Separator settings section.

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

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Displays your currency values separated by a forward slash as shown below …

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If you specify another symbol and update your settings …

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

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Using The Currencyr Plugin With WordPress-Compatible e-Commerce Platforms

As stated earlier, the Currencyr plugin integrates with a number of WordPress-compatible e-commerce plugins like WooCommerce and Shopp …

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Congratulations! Now you know how to easily add a currency converter to your e-commerce site.

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