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How to Add Currency Switching with WordPress (+ Auto Exchange Rates)

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Are you selling online? One proven way to increase sales is to make it easy for anyone anywhere to purchase. Add currency switching (and our automatic exchange rates feature) to make it easy for potential customers to see the price in their preferred currency.

Customers are more likely to purchase when they don’t have to calculate exchange rates or worry about possible surprise fees after purchase.

In this article we’ll show you how to easily add currency switching and do exchange rates automatically with WordPress.

Let’s grow a global customer base together! Here’s what we’ll cover.


Step 1: Install Easy Digital Downloads and Multi Currency

First, get Easy Digital Downloads (EDD). EDD is the best way to sell digital products with WordPress.

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EDD is trusted by more than 50,000 websites to software, themes, plugins, PDFs, eBooks, graphics, and any time of digital product. Unlike other eCommerce solutions, EDD is purpose-built for selling digital and gives you full control of everything.

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Install Easy Digital Downloads on your WordPress dashboard under Plugins > Add New. Click here to learn about installing extensions.

Screenshot: Install the EDD Plugin

Once Easy Digital Downloads is installed on your WordPress website, you’ll have a new menu item called ‘Downloads‘. This is where you add products and manage your store.

Next, install our Multi Currency Extension the same way you did with EDD. Click here to learn how to access EDD extensions after purchasing an EDD Pass.

Screenshot: Install Multi Currency Plugin

Step 2: Configure (or Automate) Currency Settings

With EDD’s Multi Currency Extension you can easily display a currency switcher for site visitors. Even better, you can keep all those currency exchange rates up to date automatically!

Step 2a: Set up Currency Switcher

Go to Appearance > Widgets to set up a currency switcher. Click in the widget area you want to use. This will vary by theme. We’re adding a widget to the Single Product Sidebar. This will display on each product (download page).

Click the + button, then search for the EDD Currency Selector widget.

Screenshot: EDD Currency Switcher / Selector Widget Settings
  • Give your widget a title like ‘Select Currency’
  • Choose the buttons option if you’ll support only a few currencies
  • Or choose the dropdown option if you’ll support a many currencies
  • Hit Update in the top right corner when you’re done to save it.
Screenshot: EDD Currency Switcher / Selector Widget Settings

Customers on the frontend can switch currencies with just a click. You can show the widget on product (download) pages and the checkout page to give potential customers every opportunity to switch.

We are using the Astra theme in our examples below. EDD will work with your current theme, or check our suggested EDD-optimized themes.

Screenshot: Currency switcher on frontend
Example of currency switcher on frontend

Step 2b: Set the Exchange Rates Automatically

EDD’s Multi Currency extension lets you automate the exchange rates with the Open Exchange Rates API. You can just ‘set it and forget it’.

On your WordPress dashboard go to Downloads > Settings > Payments > Multi Currency.

Screenshot: EDD Currency Switcher - Multi Currency Settings

Scroll to the bottom of this settings page and select the Auto Update Exchange Rates option.

Screenshot: EDD Multi Currency Auto Updates

Leave the ‘Set the exchange rate manuallyunchecked on any currency you want automatically updated by the Open Exchange Rates API. Only check it if you want to manually set it for some reason.

Screenshot: EDD Multi Currency Settings
Open Exchange Rates is a trusted provider of currency exchange rates (live and historical). It’s used by many of large and trusted brands.

You can choose how often you want your website to check the Open Exchange Rates API to get an up-to-date rate. Choose from hourly, once daily, twice daily, and weekly.

Screenshot: EDD Multi Currency Auto Update Frequency

Need to set one or two manually for some reason? Just do it. You can individually set an exchange rate yourself by clicking the ‘Set the exchange rate manually’ box and setting a rate.

Screenshot: EDD Multi Currency: Set Manual Exchange Rate
Supports 200 Currencies

Multi Currency supports over 200 world currencies. No matter where your site visitors are from, they won’t think twice about making a purchase.

They won’t have to worry about mental math price conversions into their currency. They won’t have to worry about an unexpected conversion fee on their credit card bill.

🎉 You’re more likely to convert website visitors into customers!


Step 3: Get Set Up to Sell

If you’ve never set up a product to sell on your website, here’s a quick step-by-step guide. EDD calls the products you sell ‘Downloads’.

In our example below we’ll set up a spreadsheet to sell on a site with the Astra theme.

Go to Downloads > Add New to start making one.

Screenshot: EDD Add New Download
  1. Add a title and description, then
  2. Set a price
  3. Add a product image
Screenshot: EDD Configure download 1
  • 4: Under Download Files click Add New File to upload file that the customer gets after purchase.
    • The File Name will be added automatically, or enter text like ‘Download your spreadsheet’ instead.
    • This is the clickable text the customer will get on the purchase confirmation page and purchase receipt email.
Screenshot: EDD Configure download 2

Set Up a Payment Method

Customers need a way to pay. So you need a way to accept payments and make money! This is called a payment gateway or payment processsor.

We suggest using Stripe as your payment gateway because it’s easy to use and powerful. With EDD you can set up Stripe and credit card payments all from within your WordPress dashboard!

➡️ Get set up Stripe

If Stripe is not available in your country, consider PayPal or one of our many other popular payment gateway integrations.


Step 4: View the Final Results

Once you have installed EDD and Multi Currency, created a download, and added a payment method your spreadsheet ready to sell. Customers can use the currency switcher to see the price in their preferred currency.

You can look at the download page how potential customers will see it.

Click on View Download button.

Screenshot: EDD View Download

You’ll see your spreadsheet template page on the front-end of your website. In the example below we are using the Astra theme. EDD pages look good on any theme, click here for our free and recommended themes.

The look of your page will vary depending on which WordPress theme you have. We have a currency switcher on the right side in a widget.

Screenshot: A download page with currency switcher

Customers click the Purchase button, add to their shopping cart, and checkout. Then they will be taken to the purchase confirmation page. This page will have a download link.

Screenshot: Easy Digital Downloads Purchase Confirmation Screen

Customers also get a purchase receipt email with a download link.

Screenshot: EDD Purchase receipt with Authorize.net

Conclusion

Nicely done. You’ve learned how to grow sales on your WordPress site by expanding to a global audience. When you add currency switching and display prices with automatic exchange rates, you’re setting yourself up for success with your online business.

If you haven’t yet, get started with EDD today!

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Joe Wells

About Joe Wells

Joe is a Marketing Specialist at Awesome Motive. For years he’s been helping people and organizations succeed with WordPress. He is also the founder of an alternative accounting solution for your side hustle called HustleBooks (powered by Easy Digital Downloads). He and his family live and play just outside Detroit. A busy dad, he enjoys running, watching and creating films.

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