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.

How To Add Currency Conversion To Your WordPress WebsiteAre you thinking about setting up an e-commerce web site or selling goods online? If so, then you should probably think about providing your web visitors with currency conversion.

Currency converting software allows your visitors to have the cost of an international currency transaction converted into their local currency at the point of sale. It also allows visitors and customers to view the exact amount their card or PayPal account will be charged, displayed in their local currency.

One benefit of adding currency conversion is that it allows customers to view and understand prices in foreign countries in their own local currency, and makes it easier for customers to calculate their costs and expenses.

If your site is built with WordPress, you can add currency conversion via a plugin to currency conversion to your website using a plugin, allowing your customers to quickly perform currency conversions to determine the cost of your products.

Currencyr

WP Free Currency Converter - Currencyr

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

Some of the features of this plugin include:

  • In-line conversion tool
  • Supports several exchange rates providers, such as Yahoo!, Open Exchange Rates and FoxRates
  • WP-Cron task scheduler enabled
  • Currency table and converter widget
  • Supports integration with a number of online store plugins such as WooCommerce, WP-eCommerce, Shopp, and Easy Digital Downloads.
  • Can determine local currency automatically
  • Supports full translations

Important: The Currencyr plugin needs PHP 5.3.0 or later. Do not install this plugin if you currently have an older version of PHP installed. Alternatively, ask your web hosting support team to check and upgrade your PHP server installation.

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

WordPress Plugin - Currency Converter

After installing and activating the plugin, you can get to the plugin’s settings by selecting Currencyr from your WP admin user navigation menu …

WordPress Plugin - Currency Converter

The plugin settings area offers you several configuration settings …

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For example, you can select a base currency from the ‘Base Currency’ drop-down menu. The default option is ’United States Dollar’ …

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You can also specify which data provider you want to use from the dropdown menu in the ‘Provider’ section. The default provider is ‘Yahoo! Finance’, but you can choose one of the other options, like European Central Bank or Google Finance …

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

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You can specify how often you want the exchange rates to be updated by selecting 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 (like WP plugins).

If you have no reason to modify the jQuery settings, just ignore this setting …

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Edit the remainder of the settings and remember to click the Save Changes button when finished …

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Once your plugin settings have been configured, you can start adding currency conversion to WordPress blog’s posts using shortcodes.

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

Currencyr Shortcodes

You can add currency conversion to WordPress pages, posts and widgets without having to mess with code using shortcodes.

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

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

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

WordPress Plugin - Currency Converter

Note: You can also display pricing in dollars and cents (for example, 16.95, 37.95, 2499.99, etc …)

The screenshot below shows how the shortcode should look after you have added it to the page …

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After your information has been published, the converted currency amount will appear as you can see below …

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Using the same example, let’s also translate the same price 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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You can see how the above shortcode appears when added to your content …

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

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refer to the ‘Additional Plugin Notes’ section at the bottom of this tutorial to learn more about changing the currency separator symbol in the Currencyr plugin.

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

For example, if you have set your default base currency as EUR and you have a section on your website targeted to visitors from 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 appears when you add it to a post …

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Once the post or page has been published, the converted currency will then appear as you can see below …

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Plugin Widget

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

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

WP 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 currency codes separated by a comma), and click Save to update your settings …

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Your currency converter will now display on your website’s sidebar menu with the settings you have specified when configuring the widget …

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Additional Plugin Notes

This section contains additional information about using the Currencyr plugin.

Currency Separator

The Currencyr plugin lets you specify a symbol of your choice 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, 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 modify this symbol and resave your settings …

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

WordPress Plugin - Currency Converter

E-Commerce Integration

As described earlier, the Currencyr plugin integrates with a number of WordPress-compatible e-commerce plugins like WooCommerce, WP-eCommerce, Shopp, and Easy Digital Downloads …

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(above image sourced from plugin website)

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

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