Add Currency Conversion To Your Posts And Pages – WordPress For Beginners

Add Currency Conversion To Your Posts And Pages – WordPress For Beginners

Are you thinking about setting up an e-commerce site or selling goods online globally? If so, then it’s a good idea to think about providing users with a currency conversion tool.

Currency converting software tools allow your site visitors to convert foreign currency prices into their home currency at the buying or checkout stage. It also allows your customers to see the exact amount their credit card or PayPal account will be charged, displayed in their home currency.

One great advantage of adding currency conversion to your website is that it allows customers to see and understand prices in foreign countries in their own home currency, and makes it easier for visitors to work out their costs and expenses.

If your site is built using WordPress, you can add a currency conversion plugin to WordPress, allowing your visitors to quickly and easily determine the cost of your products.

Currencyr

Currencyr - WP Free Currency Converter

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

This currency conversion WordPress plugin includes advanced features like:

  • In-line converter
  • Supports several exchange rates providers, such as Yahoo!, Google, Open Exchange Rates, European Central Bank and FoxRates
  • WP-Cron task scheduler enabled
  • Widgetized currency table and converter
  • Supports integration with various online store plugins like WooCommerce, WP-eCommerce, Shopp, and Easy Digital Downloads.
  • Automatic local currency detection
  • Translation support

Important: This plugin requires PHP 5.3.0 or later. Do not use this plugin if you currently have an older version of PHP installed. Alternatively, ask your web host to upgrade your PHP.

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

WP Plugin - Currencyr

After installing and activating the plugin, you can visit the plugin’s settings section by selecting Currencyr from your admin area …

WordPress Plugin - Currency Converter

This takes you to the plugin settings area …

WP Plugin - Currencyr

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

WP Plugin - Currencyr

Similarly, you can choose a data provider from the dropdown menu in the ‘Provider’ section. The default selection is Yahoo Finance, but you can also choose another option, like FoxRate or Open Exchange Rates …

WordPress Plugin - Currencyr

Note: If you select Open Exchange Rates, you will need to enter an API (Application Programming Interface) ID …

WP Plugin - Currency Conversion

You can specify how frequently you want the currency exchange rates to be updated by selecting an option from the ‘Update Rates’ drop-down menu …

WP Plugin - Currency Converter

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

If you have no reason to modify the jQuery settings, just ignore this setting …

WordPress Plugin - Currency Conversion

Edit the rest of the settings to suit your needs and remember to click ‘Save Changes’ when you have finished configuring this page …

WordPress Plugin - Currencyr

After your plugin settings have been configured, you can start adding currency conversion to any WP page or post using widgets.

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

Shortcodes

You can add currency conversion to posts, pages and widgets with no coding skills or knowledge using shortcodes.

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

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

All you need to do is add the shortcode below into your page content …

WP Plugin - Currencyr

Note: You can also insert pricing in dollars and cents (for example, 19.95, 79.45, 149.00, etc …)

The example below shows how the above shortcode should look after being added to the post or page …

WordPress Plugin - Currency Converter

Once the post or page has been published, the converted currency amount will then display as you can see in the example below …

WP Plugin - Currencyr

Using the same example, let’s also translate the same amount into multiple currency formats.

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

WP Plugin - Currency Conversion

The screenshot below shows how the above shortcode looks when inserted into a page …

WP Plugin - Currency Conversion

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

WP Plugin - Currency Conversion

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

Now, suppose you want to specify a different base currency than the one you have selected as the default.

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

WP Plugin - Currencyr

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

WP Plugin - Currency Converter

Once the page has been published, the currency conversion will then appear as shown in the screenshot below …

WordPress Plugin - Currency Converter

Using The Plugin Widget

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

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

WordPress Menu: Appearance > Widgets

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

WordPress Plugin - Currency Conversion

Configure the widget options as shown below (add the currency codes you want to display on your widget separated by a comma), and click Save to save your settings …

WP Plugin - Currencyr

Your currency converter tool will now show on your website’s sidebar with the settings you have selected …

WordPress Plugin - Currency Converter

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, entering the default symbol “/” (forward slash) …

WordPress Plugin - Currencyr

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

WordPress Plugin - Currency Conversion

If you modify this symbol and update your plugin settings …

WordPress Plugin - Currency Conversion

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

WP Plugin - Currency Converter

E-Commerce Software Integration

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

WP Plugin - Currency Converter

(image source: Currencyr plugin website)

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And there you have it! Now you can go and easily add currency conversion to your WordPress web site.

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By | 2017-01-13T22:22:40+00:00 January 13th, 2017|The Basics, WordPress|Comments Off on Add Currency Conversion To Your Posts And Pages – WordPress For Beginners

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