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How To Add Currency Conversion In WordPress

Do you sell goods or services online globally? If so, then here’s a great idea: think about providing your web visitors with currency conversion.

Currency conversion tools allow your prospects to translate international currency pricing to their local currency when checking out products online. It also lets customers see the exact amount their card or PayPal account will be charged, displayed in their home currency.

One advantage of showing currency conversion on your site is that it lets customers see and understand prices in foreign countries in their own home currency, and makes it easier for visitors to work out their costs and expenses.

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

WordPress Free Currency Converting Plugin – Currencyr

Currencyr is an intuitive, easy-to-use and complete currency converter plugin with a visually attractive converter tooltip. And, it’s 100% free!

Some of the features of this useful plugin include the following:

Important: The Currencyr plugin requires PHP 5.3.0 or later. Do not use this plugin if you currently have an older version of PHP installed on your server. Alternatively, ask your web host to check and upgrade your PHP.

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

Once you have installed and activated the plugin, you can configure the plugin’s settings by selecting Currencyr from your WP dashboard navigation menu …

This takes you to the plugin settings screen …

For example, you can select your base currency from the Base Currency drop-down menu if you prefer a different currency than the default option ‘United States Dollar – (USD)’ …

Similarly, you can choose which data provider you want to use from a dropdown menu. The default provider is Yahoo Finance, but you can also choose one of the other options, such as European Central Bank or Open Exchange Rates …

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

You can select how frequently you want to update the exchange rates by selecting an option from the ‘Update Rates’ dropdown menu …

The plugin uses jQuery, which lets web developers add things like animation effects to web applications (such as WordPress plugins).

Unless there is a reason to modify the jQuery settings, leave these as they are …

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

When your plugin settings have been configured, you can easily add currency conversion to any WordPress page using shortcodes.

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

Using Shortcodes

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

Below are some examples of currency shortcodes that you can add to pages and posts:

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

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

Note: You can also add pricing in dollars and cents (e.g. 6.95, 197.00, 400.00, etc …)

The example below shows how the above shortcode will look after being added to a post or page …

After publishing the content, your currency conversion will then display as shown in the example below …

Using the above example, let’s also translate the same price into multiple currencies.

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

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

Once your information has been published, your converted currency amounts will then appear as seen in the screenshot below …

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

Now, let’s suppose that you want to select a different base currency than the one selected 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 (e.g. Australia or Canada), you can change the base currency using the following shortcode …

The screenshot below shows how the above shortcode appears when you add it to a post …

After publishing the post or page, your currency conversion will then appear as seen in the example below …

Currencyr Widget

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

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

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

Configure the widget settings as shown below (add the currency codes you would like displaying on your widget separated by commas), and click Save to save your settings …

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

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) …

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

If you choose another symbol and resave your settings …

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

Using The Plugin With WP-Compatible e-Commerce Software

As stated earlier, the Currencyr plugin can be integrated with a number of WP-compatible e-commerce plugins like WooCommerce, WP-eCommerce, Shopp, and Easy Digital Downloads …

(image source: Currencyr plugin site)

And there you have it! Now you know how to easily add currency conversion to your e-commerce website.

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

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