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 WordPressAre you planning to sell goods online worldwide? If so, you should probably think about providing users with a currency conversion feature.

Currency conversion software tools let your visitors have the price of an international currency amount converted into their home currency at the purchase or checkout stage. It also allows visitors and customers to view the exact amount their credit card or PayPal account will be charged, displayed in their local currency.

One great benefit of adding currency conversion to your site is that it allows visitors to view and understand prices in foreign countries in their own home currency, and makes it easier for visitors to work out their costs and expenses.

Fortunately, if you are a WordPress user, you can add a currency converter to WordPress, allowing your visitors to quickly calculate the cost of your products.

Currencyr – Currency Converter For WP Websites

Currencyr - WP Free Currency Conversion Plugin

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

This currency conversion WordPress plugin includes many advanced features such as:

  • Inline conversion tool
  • Supports a number of exchange rates providers, like Yahoo!, Google, Open Exchange Rates, European Central Bank and FoxRates
  • WP-Cron task scheduler enabled
  • Widgetized currency table and converter
  • Can be integrated with a number of e-store plugins such as WooCommerce, Shop & Easy Digital Downloads.
  • Automatically determines local currency
  • Translation support

Important: This plugin needs your server to be running PHP 5.3.0 or later. Do not use this plugin if you currently have an older version of PHP installed on your server. Alternatively, ask your webhosting provider to upgrade your PHP.

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

WordPress Plugin - Currency Conversion

After the plugin has been installed and activated, you can get to the plugin’s settings screen by selecting Currencyr from your dashboard navigation menu …

WP Plugin - Currencyr

The plugin settings page provides many configuration settings …

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For example, you can select a base currency from the ‘Base Currency’ drop-down menu if you prefer to use a different currency than the default option ’US Dollar’ …

WordPress Plugin - Currency Conversion

Similarly, you can specify any supported data provider from a dropdown menu. The default selection is Yahoo Finance, but you can choose another option, like European Central Bank or Google Finance …

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

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You can specify how often you want to update the currency exchange rates by choosing an option from the Update Rates dropdown menu …

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The Currencyr plugin uses jQuery, which lets web developers add things like animation effects to web applications (e.g. WordPress plugins).

Unless there is a reason to change the jQuery settings, you can simply ignore this option …

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Configure the rest of the plugin settings to suit your needs and don’t forget to click the ‘Save Changes’ button when done …

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When you have configured your settings, you can easily start adding currency conversion to any WP post using shortcodes.

See the ‘Additional Plugin Notes’ section below to learn how to use currency codes (e.g. USD, AUD, ZAR, etc …) in this plugin.

How To Use Currencyr Shortcodes

You can insert currency conversion into posts, pages and widgets with no programming knowledge using shortcodes.

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

Let’s say that you retail a product online for a fixed amount (e.g. $175) in US Dollars (USD), and you want to display this conversion amount in British pounds (GBP) on your sales page.

To display this information, simply add the shortcode below into your post or page …

WordPress Plugin - Currencyr

Note: You can also display pricing in dollars and cents (for example, 175.00, 97.00, 400.00, etc …)

The example below shows how your shortcode should look after you have inserted it into the product page …

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After publishing the post, your converted currency will display as you can see in the screenshot below …

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Using the above example, let’s also translate the same amount into multiple currencies.

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

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The screenshot below shows how the above shortcode appears when added to a page …

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

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

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

For example, if you have specified your default base currency as EUR and you have a section on your site targeted to non-European visitors (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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After publishing your page, your currency conversion will then appear like this …

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Using The Widget

You can also insert a currency converter into your website or blog’s sidebar menu using the Currencyr widget.

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

WordPress Menu: Appearance > Widgets

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

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Configure the widget settings as shown in the screenshot below (add the currency codes you would like displaying on your widget separated by a comma), and click ‘Save’ to update your settings …

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Your currency converter tool will now display on your site’s sidebar with the options you have selected …

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Additional Plugin Notes

This section contains additional information about using the plugin.

Currency Separator

The Currencyr plugin allows you to specify a symbol of your choice 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, entering the default symbol “/” (forward slash) …

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Displays your currency values separated by the forward slash as you can see in the screenshot below …

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If you enter another symbol and resave your settings …

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

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

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

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And there you have it! Now you can go and easily add currency conversion to your WordPress site.

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

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