WP TutorialAre you thinking about setting up an e-commerce site or making goods and services
available for sale online worldwide? If so, you should probably think about providing your prospects with a currency conversion feature.

Currency conversion lets your web visitors translate international currency pricing to their local currency at the buying or checkout stage. It also allows visitors and customers to see the exact amount their credit card or PayPal account will be charged, expressed in their own home currency.

One advantage of adding currency conversion to your site is that it lets customers see and understand prices in foreign countries in their own local currency, and makes it easier for customers to work out their costs and expenses.

If you are a WordPress user, you can add a currency conversion plugin to currency conversion to your web site via a plugin, allowing your site visitors to quickly calculate the cost of your goods.

Currencyr – WP Free Currency Converter

WordPress Currency Converting Plugin - Currencyr

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

Useful plugin features include:

  • Inline converter
  • Supports various exchange rates providers, like Yahoo!, Google, Open Exchange Rates, European Central Bank and FoxRates
  • Supports Shortcodes
  • Widgetized currency table and converter
  • Can be integrated with various e-commerce plugins such as WooCommerce, WP-eCommerce & Easy Digital Downloads.
  • Automatically determines local currency
  • Translation support

Note: 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. Ask your web hosting provider to update your PHP.

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

WP Plugin - Currencyr

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

WP Plugin - Currencyr

The plugin settings page provides various configuration options …

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

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You can specify a data provider from the dropdown menu in the Provider section. The default selection is Yahoo Finance, but you can select another provider, like European Central Bank or Google Finance …

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

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You can choose how frequently you would like the exchange rates to be updated by choosing an option from the Update Rates dropdown menu …

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The Currencyr plugin uses jQuery, which allows web developers to add things like animation effects to web applications (e.g. WordPress plugins).

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

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Edit the rest of the plugin settings according to your needs and remember to click the ‘Save Changes’ button when you have configured all of your options …

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After your plugin settings have been configured, you can start adding currency conversion to your WordPress pages or posts using widgets.

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

Currencyr Shortcodes

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

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

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

To do this, you simply need to add the shortcode below to your page content …

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Note: You can also display prices in dollars and cents (e.g. 16.95, 189.00, 1356.87, etc …)

The screenshot below shows how the shortcode should look after being added to your product page …

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When your post or page has been published, your currency conversion will then appear as seen in the screenshot below …

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Using this example, let’s also display the same amount into multiple currencies.

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

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

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After publishing your page or post, your currency conversion will then appear as seen in the screenshot below …

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

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

For example, if you have set your default base currency as EUR and you have a section on your site targeted to visitors in countries like Australia or Canada, you can change the base currency using the following shortcode …

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

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After publishing your content, the currency conversion will then appear as you can see below …

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Using The Plugin Widget

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

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

WP Menu: Appearance > Widgets

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

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

WordPress Plugin - Currencyr

Your currency conversion tool will now appear on the sidebar menu with the options you have specified when configuring the widget …

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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 multiple currencies.

You can select a different symbol in the ‘Multiple Separator’ settings section.

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

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

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If you modify this symbol and resave your plugin settings …

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

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E-Commerce Platform Integration

As mentioned earlier, the Currencyr plugin integrates with a number of WP-compatible e-commerce plugins like WP-eCommerce, Shopp, and Easy Digital Downloads …

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(image sourced from Currencyr plugin website)

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And there you have it! Now you know how to easily add a currency converter to your WordPress website.

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