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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How To Add Currency Conversion To Your SiteDo you plan to sell products online globally? If so, then here’s a great idea: consider providing users with currency conversion.

Currency conversion software allows your prospects to translate foreign currency amounts into their local currency at the point of sale. It also allows your visitors to see the exact amount their credit card or PayPal account will be charged, displayed in their local currency.

The obvious benefit of displaying currency conversion is that it allows your customers to see and understand prices in foreign countries in their own local currency, making it it easier for visitors to work out their costs and expenses.

If you are a WordPress user, you can add currency conversion via a plugin to your WordPress site, allowing your prospective customers to quickly calculate the cost of your products.

WordPress Free Currency Converting Plugin – Currencyr

Currencyr - WordPress Currency Converting Plugin

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

Great plugin features include the following:

  • In-line converter
  • Supports various exchange rates providers, like Yahoo!, Open Exchange Rates & FoxRates
  • Supports Shortcodes
  • Currency table and converter widget
  • Supports integration with various e-store plugins such as WooCommerce, WP-eCommerce, Shopp, and Easy Digital Downloads.
  • Automatic local currency detection
  • Supports full translations

Important: The Currencyr plugin needs 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. Ask your web hosting provider to check and upgrade your PHP server installation.

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

WordPress Plugin - Currency Conversion

After installing and activating the plugin, you can configure the plugin’s settings by choosing Currencyr from your WP dashboard area …

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The plugin settings area offers you various configuration options …

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For example, you can choose your base currency from the ‘Base Currency’ dropdown menu if you prefer to use something other than the default option (USD) …

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Similarly, you can specify which data provider you want to use from a dropdown menu. The default provider is ‘Yahoo! Finance’, but you can choose one of the other options, like European Central Bank, FoxRate, Google Finance or Open Exchange Rates …

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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 frequently you would like to update the currency exchange rates by selecting an option from the ‘Update Rates’ dropdown menu …

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

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

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Edit the remainder of the plugin settings and don’t forget to click the ‘Save Changes’ button when finished …

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When your plugin settings have been configured, you can start adding currency conversion to your WordPress site’s posts and pages using widgets.

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

How To Use Currencyr Shortcodes

You can insert currency conversion into WordPress posts, pages and widgets with no coding skills using shortcodes.

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

Let’s say that you sell an item online for a set amount (e.g. $175) in US Dollars (USD), and you want to display the price converted into British pounds (GBP) on your page.

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

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Note: You can also add amounts in dollars and cents (e.g. 155.25, 47.00, 399.99, etc …)

The screenshot below shows how your shortcode should look when inserting it into a product page …

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

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Using the above example, let’s now display the same price into different 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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You can see how the above shortcode appears when you add it to a page …

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Once the page has been published, the converted currency will then display like this …

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

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

For example, say you have set 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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The example below shows how the above shortcode looks when added to a page …

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Once your content has been published, the converted currency will then appear as shown in the screenshot below …

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Plugin Widget

You can also insert currency conversion into your website or blog’s sidebar area using the Currencyr widget.

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

WP Menu: Appearance > Widgets

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

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

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Your currency converter will now show on the sidebar 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 lets you 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 section.

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

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

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If you enter another symbol and update your plugin settings …

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

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Integration With WordPress e-Commerce Software

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

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Congratulations! Now you can go and easily add a currency converter to your WordPress site.

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

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