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 …

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Adding Currency Conversion To Your Web SiteAre you thinking about setting up an e-commerce web site or selling goods online? If so, then you may want to consider providing your web visitors with a currency conversion service.

Currency converting tools let your customers convert foreign currency prices into their home currency when checking out products on e-commerce sites. It also lets customers see the exact amount their credit card or PayPal account will be charged, displayed in their home currency.

One great benefit of adding currency conversion to your site is that it lets visitors see and understand pricing in foreign countries in their own local currency, making it it easier for customers to calculate their costs and expenses.

Fortunately, if you are a WordPress user, it’s easy and simple to add currency conversion via a plugin to your WordPress website, allowing your customers to easily calculate the cost of your goods.

Currencyr

WP Currency Conversion Plugin - Currencyr

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 site.

The Currencyr useful plugin features:

  • Inline converter
  • Supports several exchange rates providers, such as Yahoo!, Open Exchange Rates and FoxRates
  • Supports Shortcodes
  • Currency table and converter widget
  • Supports integration with various online shopping plugins like WooCommerce, WP-eCommerce, Shopp, and Easy Digital Downloads.
  • Can determine local currency automatically
  • Supports full language translations

Note: The Currencyr plugin needs your server to be running PHP 5.3.0 or later. Do not install this plugin if you are running an older version of PHP. Alternatively, ask your webhosting company to check and upgrade your PHP.

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

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After the plugin has been installed and activated, you can access the plugin’s settings by selecting Currencyr from your WordPress administration area …

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The plugin settings page offers you many configuration settings …

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

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Similarly, you can specify any supported data provider from the drop-down menu in the Provider section. The default selection is ‘Yahoo! Finance’, but you can also select one of the other options, such as European Central Bank, FoxRate, Google Finance or Open Exchange Rates …

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Note: If you choose Open Exchange Rates, you will need an API (Application Programming Interface) ID …

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You can choose how often you want the currency exchange rates to be updated by specifying an option from the Update Rates dropdown 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 modify the jQuery settings, just ignore this section …

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Configure the rest of the settings and don’t forget to click the Save Changes button when done …

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When your plugin settings have been configured, you can easily start adding currency conversion to any WordPress post using shortcodes and widgets.

Refer to the ‘Additional Plugin Notes’ section further below to learn how to use currency codes (e.g. USD, AUD, JPY, etc …) with this plugin.

Using Shortcodes

You can add currency conversion to WordPress pages, posts and widgets with no web coding skills using shortcodes.

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

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

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

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Note: You can also insert prices in dollars and cents (for example, 165.49, 197.00, 399.99, etc …)

The example below shows how the above shortcode looks after being inserted into a product page …

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After publishing your post or page, your currency conversion will then display as you can see below …

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

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

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

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After publishing your post or page, the converted currency amounts will then display as you can see below …

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See the ‘Additional Plugin Notes’ section below to learn how to change the currency separator symbol within the Currencyr plugin.

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

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

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You can see how the above shortcode looks when added to a page …

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Once your content has been published, your converted currency amounts will then display as seen below …

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How To Use The Widget

You can also insert currency conversion into your website or blog’s sidebar section using a widget.

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

WordPress Menu: Appearance > Widgets

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

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

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Your currency conversion tool will now display 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 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 section.

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

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

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If you change the symbol and resave your plugin settings …

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

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E-Commerce Software Integration

As mentioned earlier, the plugin can be integrated with various WP-compatible e-commerce plugins like WP-eCommerce, Shopp, and Easy Digital Downloads …

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(above image sourced from Currencyr plugin site)

And there you have it! Now you can go and easily add a currency converter to your WordPress website.

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

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