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.

Add Currency Conversion To Your WebsiteAre you planning to set up a WordPress-based e-commerce site, or sell any products worldwide? If so, you should consider providing your web visitors with a currency conversion tool.

Currency conversion software allows your visitors to have the cost of an international currency amount translated 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, expressed in their home currency.

The obvious advantage of displaying currency conversion is that it lets customers view and understand prices in foreign countries in their own local currency, and makes it easier for customers to work out their costs and expenses.

If you are a WordPress user, you can add a currency converter to currency conversion to your WordPress website via a plugin, allowing your prospective customers to easily perform currency conversions to determine the cost of your goods.

Currencyr – Free Currency Conversion Plugin For WP Websites

Currencyr - Free Currency Converting Tool For WordPress

Currencyr is an intuitive, easy-to-use and complete currency converter plugin with a beautiful and unique converter tooltip. And, it’s completely free to install and use on your WP site.

The Currencyr plugin features:

  • Inline conversion tool
  • Supports several exchange rates providers, such as Google, Open Exchange Rates and European Central Bank
  • Supports Shortcodes
  • Currency table and converter widget
  • Supports integration with a number of e-commerce plugins such as WooCommerce, WP-eCommerce and Easy Digital Downloads.
  • Automatically detects local currency
  • Full support for language translations

Important: This plugin requires 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 host to update your PHP server installation.

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

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When you have installed and activated the plugin, you can get to the plugin’s settings by choosing Currencyr from your WordPress admin menu …

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The plugin settings page provides various configuration options …

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

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

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

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You can specify how often you want to update the exchange rates 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 (e.g. WP plugins).

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

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Edit the remainder of the plugin settings and click Save Changes when you have finished configuring this section …

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Once your plugin settings have been configured, you can easily start adding currency conversion to WordPress pages or posts using widgets.

Refer to the ‘Additional Plugin Notes’ section below to learn more about using currency codes (e.g. USD, NZD, ZAR, etc …) in the Currencyr plugin.

Shortcodes

You can add currency conversion to pages, posts and widgets without touching code using shortcodes.

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

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

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

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Note: You can also insert amounts in dollars and cents (for example, 175.00, 197.00, 544.97, etc …)

The screenshot below shows how your shortcode looks once you have added it to a product page …

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

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Using the above example, let’s also display the same amount into different currencies.

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

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You can see how the shortcode appears when you add it to your content …

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Once the page has been published, the currency conversion will then appear as seen below …

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

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

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

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You can see how the above shortcode appears when added to your content …

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

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Plugin Widget

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

To add currency conversion to your sidebar, select Appearance > Widgets from the WordPress dashboard menu …

WordPress Menu: Appearance > Widgets

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

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

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The currency converter will now display on your site’s sidebar menu with the settings 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 allows you to specify a symbol of your choice to display as the currency separator when using several currencies.

You can change the symbol in the Multiple Separator settings section.

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

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Separates all your prices using a forward slash as shown below …

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If you modify this symbol and update your settings …

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

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

As mentioned earlier, the plugin integrates with various WP-compatible e-commerce plugins like WP-eCommerce and Shopp …

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(image source: Currencyr plugin site)

Congratulations! Now you know how to easily add currency conversion to your e-commerce web site.

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

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