Currency Conversion for WordPress

Currency Conversion for WordPress

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Learn How To Use WPAre you planning to set up a WordPress-based e-commerce site, or sell goods and services online worldwide? If so, then here’s a great idea: consider providing users with currency conversion.

Currency conversion software lets your prospects convert international currency amounts to their local currency at the purchase or checkout phase. It also lets visitors see the exact amount their card or PayPal account will be charged, expressed in their own local currency.

One advantage of showing currency conversion is that it lets your customers see and understand pricing in foreign countries in their own local currency, making it it easier for visitors to calculate their costs and expenses.

Fortunately, if you are a WordPress user, you can add currency conversion using a plugin to currency conversion to your WP website or blog via a plugin, allowing your customers to quickly determine the cost of your goods.

Currencyr – Currency Converting Tool For WordPress

Currencyr - Free Currency Converter For WordPress

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 site.

This plugin includes many advanced features like:

  • In-line conversion tool
  • Supports various exchange rates providers, like Yahoo! & FoxRates
  • WP-Cron task scheduler enabled
  • Widgetized currency table and converter
  • Supports integration with various e-store plugins like WooCommerce, Shop & Easy Digital Downloads.
  • Automatic local currency detection
  • Support for language translations

Important: The Currencyr plugin needs 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 host to upgrade your PHP.

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You can install the plugin from your WordPress admin area by searching for “currencyr” in the Plugins section and clicking “Install Now” …

WordPress Plugin - Currencyr

After installing and activating the plugin, you can visit the plugin’s settings by choosing Currencyr from your admin user navigation menu …

WP Plugin - Currency Conversion

The plugin settings area offers you several configuration options …

WP Plugin - Currencyr

For example, you can select your base currency from a dropdown menu. The default base currency is ‘USD’ …

WordPress Plugin - Currency Conversion

You can specify which data provider you want to use from a drop-down menu. The default option is ‘Yahoo! Finance’, but you can choose one of the other options, such as FoxRate or Open Exchange Rates …

WordPress Plugin - Currencyr

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

WP Plugin - Currencyr

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

WP Plugin - Currency Conversion

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

If you have no reason to change the jQuery settings, leave these as they are …

WordPress Plugin - Currency Converter

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

WordPress Plugin - Currencyr

When you have configured your settings, you can add currency conversion to any WP post or page using a shortcode.

See the ‘Additional Plugin Notes’ section at the end of this tutorial to learn more about using currency codes (e.g. USD, NZD, JPY, etc …) in the Currencyr plugin.

Plugin Shortcodes

You can easily add currency conversion to posts, pages and widgets without editing code using shortcodes.

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

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

To do this, you simply need to insert the shortcode below to your post or page …

WP Plugin - Currency Conversion

Note: You can also insert pricing in dollars and cents (for example, 155.25, 197.00, 129.10, etc …)

The example below shows how the short-code will look once you have added it to the page or post …

WP Plugin - Currency Converter

Once the content has been published, your currency conversion will then appear as seen below …

WordPress Plugin - Currency Converter

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

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

WP Plugin - Currency Converter

You can see how the above shortcode appears when you add it to a post …

WordPress Plugin - Currency Conversion

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

WP Plugin - Currencyr

See the ‘Additional Plugin Notes’ section at the end of this tutorial to learn how to change the currency separator symbol in the Currencyr plugin.

Now, let’s suppose that you would like to use a different base currency than the one selected as the default.

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

WP Plugin - Currency Conversion

You can see how the shortcode looks when you add it to a post …

WP Plugin - Currency Converter

Once the post or page has been published, the converted currency will then display as seen below …

WP Plugin - Currency Converter

How To Use The Plugin Widget

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

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

WordPress Menu: Appearance > Widgets

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

WP Plugin - Currency Conversion

Configure the widget options as shown in the screenshot below (add currency codes separated by commas), and click Save to update your settings …

WP Plugin - Currency Conversion

Your currency converter will now show on your site’s sidebar menu with the settings you have specified …

WordPress Plugin - Currency Converter

Additional Plugin Notes

This section contains additional 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 select a different symbol in the ‘Multiple Separator’ settings section.

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

WordPress Plugin - Currency Conversion

Separates all your prices with the forward slash as you can see in the example below …

WordPress Plugin - Currencyr

If you change the symbol and resave your plugin settings …

WordPress Plugin - Currency Converter

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

WP Plugin - Currency Conversion

E-Commerce Software Integration

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

WP Plugin - Currencyr

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

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