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How To Add Currency Conversion In WordPress

Are you thinking about setting up an e-commerce web site or selling goods globally? If so, you should probably think about providing users with the convenience of currency conversion on your e-commerce web site.

Currency conversion lets your customers 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 view the exact amount their card or PayPal account will be charged, expressed in their own home currency.

One benefit of putting currency conversion on 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 customers to calculate their costs and expenses.

If your site is built with WordPress, it’s really easy to add a currency conversion plugin to WordPress, allowing your prospective customers to easily understand the cost of your goods.

WordPress 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. And, it’s completely free!

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

Important: This plugin needs your server to be running PHP 5.3.0 or later. Do not install this plugin if you currently have an older version of PHP installed on your server. Alternatively, ask your web hosting provider to upgrade your PHP.

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

After you have installed and activated the plugin, you can configure the plugin’s settings by choosing Currencyr from your administration navigation menu …

This takes you to the plugin settings screen …

For example, you can choose your base currency from the ‘Base Currency’ dropdown menu. The default option is ‘USD’

You can specify any supported data provider from a drop-down menu. The default selection is Yahoo Finance, but you can choose one of the other options, like European Central Bank, FoxRate, Google Finance or Open Exchange Rates …

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

You can select how frequently you would like the exchange rates to update by selecting an option from the Update Rates drop-down menu …

The 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, leave them as they are …

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

When your plugin settings have been configured, you can start adding currency conversion to any WordPress post or page using shortcodes.

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

Plugin Shortcodes

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

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

Let’s say that you sell an item online for a fixed amount (e.g. $175) in US Dollars (USD), and you want to show the conversion amount in British pounds (GBP) on your product information page.

To do this, simply add the following shortcode into your post or page …

Note: You can also display prices in dollars and cents (e.g. 175.00, 79.45, 544.97, etc …)

The screenshot below shows how your shortcode looks when inserting it into a post …

When the information has been published, your currency conversion will then display as you can see below …

Using the above example, let’s also display the same price into different currency formats.

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

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

After publishing the post, your currency conversion will then appear like this …

See the ‘Additional Plugin Notes’ section further below to learn more about changing the currency separator symbol within the Currencyr plugin.

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

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

The screenshot below now shows how the shortcode appears when inserted into a page …

After publishing the post or page, the converted currency amounts will then appear as you can see in the example below …

How To Use The Widget

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

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

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

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

The currency conversion tool will now display on your site’s sidebar with the settings you have specified when configuring the widget …

Additional Plugin Notes

Here are some additional notes and useful 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 change the symbol in the Multiple Separator settings field.

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

Separates all your prices with the forward slash as shown below …

If you modify the symbol and update your plugin settings …

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

Integration With WordPress e-Commerce Platforms

As stated earlier, the plugin integrates with various WordPress-compatible e-commerce plugins like WooCommerce and Shopp …

(image source: Currencyr plugin website)

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

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

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