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How To Add Currency Conversion In WordPress

Do you plan to set up an e-commerce website, or sell goods internationally? If so, then here’s a great idea: think about providing users with a currency conversion service.

Currency conversion lets your site visitors have the cost of a foreign currency amount converted to their home currency at the point of sale. It also allows your visitors to see the exact amount their card or PayPal account will be charged, displayed in their home currency.

The obvious benefit of adding currency conversion is that it lets customers view and understand prices in foreign countries in their own home currency, making it it easier for purchasers to calculate their costs and expenses.

If you are a WordPress user, you can add a currency converter to your website or blog, allowing your prospective customers to quickly and easily determine the cost of your goods.

Currencyr

Currencyr is a simple yet advanced, intuitive, easy-to-use and complete currency converter plugin with a beautiful and unique converter tooltip. Best of all, it’s free!

This currency conversion plugin includes a number of features like the following:

Note: The Currencyr plugin requires PHP 5.3.0 or later. Do not install this plugin if you are running an older version of PHP on your server. 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” …

When you have installed and activated the plugin, you can visit the plugin’s settings by selecting Currencyr from your admin area …

This takes you to the plugin settings area …

For example, you can choose a base currency from a dropdown menu if you want a different currency than the default option ‘United States Dollar – (USD)’ …

Similarly, you can specify which data provider you want to use from the dropdown menu in the ‘Provider’ section. The default option 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 select Open Exchange Rates as your provider, an API (Application Programming Interface) is required …

You can specify how frequently you want to update the currency exchange rates by choosing an option from the Update Rates dropdown menu …

The plugin uses jQuery, which is an open-source library of Javascript code that lets web developers add things like animation effects to web applications (e.g. WordPress plugins).

If you have no reason to change the jQuery settings, you can just ignore this section …

Edit the rest of the plugin settings according to your own needs and don’t forget to click the ‘Save Changes’ button when done …

After your plugin settings have been configured, you can easily add currency conversion to your WordPress pages using a shortcode.

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

Plugin Shortcodes

You can easily add currency conversion to posts, pages and widgets with no programming knowledge using shortcodes.

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

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

To do this, simply add the shortcode below to your post or page …

Note: You can also add prices in dollars and cents (e.g. 188.35, 97.00, 295.75, etc …)

The example below shows how your shortcode will look when inserting it into your post or page …

After publishing the page, the currency conversion will appear as shown in the example below …

Using this example, let’s now translate the same amount into different currencies.

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

You can see how the shortcode appears when added to a page …

After publishing your content, the converted currency amounts will then display as you can see 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, suppose you would like to select a different base currency than the one selected as the default.

For example, if you have specified 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 …

The screenshot below now shows how the above shortcode appears when you add it to your content …

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

Using The Plugin Widget

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

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

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

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

The currency converter tool will now appear on the sidebar menu with the settings you have specified …

Additional Plugin Notes

Here are some additional notes and useful information about using the plugin.

Currency Separator

The Currencyr plugin allows you to specify the symbol to display as the currency separator when using several currencies.

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

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

Separates all your currency values using a forward slash as you can see in the screenshot below …

If you change this symbol and resave your settings …

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

E-Commerce Platform Integration

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 …

(above image sourced from Currencyr plugin site)

And there you have it! 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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