Add Currency Conversion To Your WordPress Website

Learn How To Use WPDo you plan to sell goods online to a worldwide audience? If so, then here’s a good idea: think about providing your prospects with currency conversion.

Currency conversion lets your customers translate foreign currency pricing into their local currency when purchasing products online. It also lets your visitors view the exact amount their credit card or PayPal account will be charged, displayed in their local currency.

One advantage of providing currency conversion on your website is that it allows customers to see and understand pricing in foreign countries in their own home currency, making it it easier for purchasers to work out their costs and expenses.

If your site is built with WordPress, you can add currency conversion via a plugin to your website, allowing your site visitors to quickly perform currency conversions to determine the cost of your goods.

Currencyr – WP Free Currency Conversion Plugin

WordPress Free Currency Conversion Plugin - Currencyr

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

This plugin features:

  • In-line converter
  • Supports several exchange rates providers, such as Yahoo!, Open Exchange Rates and European Central Bank
  • Supports Shortcodes
  • Currency table and converter widget
  • Can be integrated with a number of online store plugins like WooCommerce, Shop & Easy Digital Downloads.
  • Automatically detects local currency
  • Full support for language translations

Important: This plugin needs PHP 5.3.0 or later. Do not install this plugin if you currently have an older version of PHP installed. Ask your web host to check and upgrade your PHP.

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

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When you have installed and activated the plugin, you can configure the plugin’s settings by choosing Currencyr from your WP administration area …

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This takes you to the plugin settings section …

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

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Similarly, you can specify a data provider from a drop-down menu. The default provider 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’ as your provider, an API (Application Programming Interface) is required …

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You can select how frequently you would like the currency exchange rates to update by specifying an option from the Update Rates dropdown menu …

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

If you have no reason to change the jQuery settings, leave this option alone …

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Edit the remainder of the plugin settings and don’t forget to click the Save Changes button when finished …

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Once your plugin settings have been configured, you can easily add currency conversion to any WP page using a shortcode.

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

How To Use Plugin Shortcodes

You can add currency conversion to WP posts, pages and widgets without having to mess with code using shortcodes.

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

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

To display this information, simply insert the shortcode below to your post or page …

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Note: You can also display prices in dollars and cents (e.g. 165.49, 97.00, 2499.99, etc …)

The example below shows how your shortcode looks after being added to your page or post …

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After your page has been published, the converted currency amount will then display as seen in the example below …

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

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

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

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After publishing the post or page, the converted currency amounts will then display like this …

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

Now, let’s say that you want to specify a different base currency than the one you have selected as the 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 non-European customers (for example, Australia or Canada), you can change the base currency using the following shortcode …

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Here’s how the shortcode appears when inserted into a page …

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

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Currencyr Widget

You can also insert a currency converter into your site’s sidebar menu using the Currencyr widget.

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

WordPress Menu: Appearance > Widgets

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

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

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The currency conversion tool will now show on your website’s sidebar menu with the options you have selected …

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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 select a different symbol in the ‘Multiple Separator’ settings field.

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

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

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If you enter another symbol and update your plugin settings …

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

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E-Commerce Platform Integration

As described earlier, the plugin can be integrated with a number of WordPress-compatible e-commerce plugins such as WooCommerce, WP-eCommerce, Shopp, and Easy Digital Downloads …

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(image sourced from plugin site)

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Congratulations! Now you know how to easily add a currency converter to your e-commerce website.

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