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How To Add Currency Conversion In WordPress

Are you thinking about setting up an e-commerce site or selling products worldwide? If so, then you may want to consider providing your web visitors with currency conversion.

Currency conversion tools allow your prospects to translate international currency amounts to their home currency at the point of sale. It also lets your visitors view the exact amount their credit card or PayPal account will be charged, displayed in their own local currency.

The obvious benefit of providing currency conversion is that it allows visitors to view and understand pricing in foreign countries in their own home currency, and makes it easier for purchasers to work out their costs and expenses.

If your site is powered by WordPress, you can add currency conversion using a plugin to currency conversion to WordPress using a plugin, allowing your site visitors to quickly calculate the cost of your goods.

WP Currency Conversion Plugin – Currencyr

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

This plugin features:

Important: The Currencyr plugin requires 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. Alternatively, ask your web host to check and upgrade your PHP.

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

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

The plugin settings section provides several configuration settings …

For example, you can choose a base currency from a drop-down menu if you prefer a different currency than the default option ’US Dollar’ …

Similarly, you can select which data provider you want to use from a drop-down menu. The default selection is ‘Yahoo! Finance’, but you can also choose another provider, such as FoxRate or Google Finance …

Note: If you choose ‘Open Exchange Rates’ as your provider, you will need an API (Application Programming Interface) ID …

You can choose how frequently you would like the currency exchange rates to update by choosing an option from the ‘Update Rates’ drop-down menu …

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

If you have no reason to change the jQuery settings, simply ignore this setting …

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

When you have finished configuring your plugin settings, you can easily start adding currency conversion to your WordPress posts using widgets.

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

How To Use Plugin Shortcodes

You can insert currency conversion into WP pages, posts and widgets without editing your web templates using shortcodes.

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

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

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

Note: You can also insert amounts in dollars and cents (for example, 165.49, 197.00, 149.00, etc …)

The screenshot below shows how the above shortcode looks when added to your page …

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

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

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

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

After publishing your information, your converted currency will then display as you can see in the example below …

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

Now, suppose you would like 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 e-commerce pages targeted to customers in countries like Australia or Canada, you can change the base currency using the following shortcode …

The example below now shows how the above shortcode appears when you add it to a page …

Once the page or post has been published, the converted currency will then display like this …

Using The Currencyr Widget

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

To add currency conversion to your sidebar area, choose Appearance > Widgets from the WordPress admin menu …

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

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

The currency conversion tool will now appear on your sidebar menu with the settings you have specified when configuring the widget …

Additional Plugin Notes

This section contains additional information about using the plugin.

Currency Separator

The Currencyr plugin lets you specify the symbol to display as the currency separator when using multiple 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 a forward slash as shown below …

If you modify this symbol and resave your plugin settings …

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

e-Commerce Software Integration

As described earlier, the plugin integrates with various WP-compatible e-commerce plugins like WooCommerce and Easy Digital Downloads …

(image source: Currencyr plugin website)

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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