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 SiteDo you plan to set up an e-commerce web site with WordPress, or sell products globally? If so, then it’s a good idea to think about providing users with a currency conversion feature.

Currency conversion tools allow your web visitors to convert foreign currency prices to their home currency at the point of sale. It also lets your customers view the exact amount their credit card or PayPal account will be charged, expressed in their local currency.

The obvious benefit of adding currency conversion to your site is that it lets your customers view and understand pricing in foreign countries in their own local currency, making it it easier for purchasers to work out their costs and expenses.

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

Currencyr – WordPress Currency Converter

Currencyr - WP Free Currency Conversion Plugin

Currencyr is a simple, easy-to-use and complete currency converter WordPress plugin with a unique converter tooltip. It’s also free!

Plugin features include:

  • Inline conversion tool
  • Supports a number of exchange rates providers, like Yahoo! and Open Exchange Rates
  • Support database cache driven for fast response
  • Widgetized currency table and converter
  • Can be integrated with a number of e-commerce plugins such as WooCommerce, Shop and Easy Digital Downloads.
  • Can determine local currency automatically
  • Supports full translations

Note: The Currencyr plugin requires PHP 5.3.0 or later. Do not use this plugin if you are running an older version of PHP. Ask your web hosting provider to upgrade your PHP server installation.

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You can install the Currencyr plugin from your WordPress admin area by typing in “currencyr” into the Plugins search field and clicking the “Install Now” button …

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After installing and activating the plugin, you can get to the plugin’s settings section by selecting Currencyr from your administration area …

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The plugin settings page offers you various configuration options …

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For example, you can choose your base currency from the ‘Base Currency’ drop-down menu. The default base currency is ’USD’ …

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Similarly, you can choose a data provider from the dropdown menu in the Provider section. The default provider is Yahoo Finance, but you can also select another provider, like 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 to update the exchange rates by choosing 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 (like WordPress plugins).

Unless you have a reason to change the jQuery settings, you can just ignore this setting …

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Edit the remainder of the plugin settings and click ‘Save Changes’ when done …

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

Refer to the ‘Additional Plugin Notes’ section at the end of this tutorial to learn how to use currency codes (e.g. USD, GBP, CAD, etc …) with this plugin.

Plugin Shortcodes

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

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

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

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

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Note: You can also add amounts in dollars and cents (for example, 89.95, 79.45, 544.97, etc …)

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

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When your post or page has been published, the currency conversion will appear as shown below …

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

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

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The screenshot below shows how the shortcode looks when added to your content …

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Once the page or post has been published, 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, suppose you would like to specify a different base currency than the one set as the default.

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

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Here’s how the above shortcode appears when you add it to a post …

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Once the information has been published, the currency conversion will then display as shown below …

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How To Use The Plugin Widget

You can also add currency conversion to your website’s sidebar using the plugin’s widget.

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

WordPress Menu: Appearance > Widgets

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

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Configure the widget settings as shown in the example below (add any currency codes you want displaying on your widget separated by commas), and click ‘Save’ to update your settings …

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Your currency conversion tool will now show on your site’s sidebar with the options you have specified …

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Additional Plugin Notes

Here are some additional notes and useful information about using the 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 you can see in the screenshot below …

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If you modify the symbol and resave your settings …

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

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E-Commerce Platform Integration

As described earlier, the plugin can be integrated with various WP-compatible e-commerce plugins such as WooCommerce, WP-eCommerce and Easy Digital Downloads …

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(image source: Currencyr plugin website)

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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