In order to keep a website up and running unceasingly, webmasters need to invest a large sum of energy, time, and money. The first 2 factors may not be a problem for the majority of website owners, but the third one may hesitate some budget-conscious people to some extent, especially the students who have little or even no income at all.
To deal with this embarrassing situation, many people start to make money from their website, such as offering online services, selling goods, publishing paid posts, joining affiliate programs, and renting advertising spaces, etc. Among these methods, we think asking for donation is one of the most effective and time-saving ways, for you only need to place a donation button on the site. If people are interested in your webpages and are willing to support you financially, they will make a donation to keep your website alive.
As Paypal is one of the most secure, popular, and user-friendly payment methods all over the world, we’d like to show you how to integrate the website with a Paypal donation button easily.
Create a Donation Button
In order to create a Paypal donation button for your website, you firstly need to have a PayPal account. Sign up one and log in to the PayPal account.
Once you have logged into the right page, you can see a blue navigation bar directing to different webpages. Simply click the Merchant Services button, and then choose the Donate option under Buttons category. After finding the link of “create your button now”, hit it immediately.
Then, you are linked to an application page that requires you to offer the related information correctly. Simply fill in these blank spaces according to your real situation.
At first, you need to choose “Donations” as the type of your button, decide the currency, and then provide your organization name. Here, you can offer the name of your website. In terms of the Donation ID, we highly recommend you assign one as it can be regarded as a unique identifier to make the tracking process easier.
Note that you are allowed to customize the button. For instance, you can decide to display it with a small symbol or with credit cards logo. If you have your own button image, simply upload and use it freely.
After finishing the step one, you can click Create Button. Simply leave the settings of step two and three in default.
Now, you can get the HTML code of your button. Simply copy and paste it into a safe file as you’ll need it later. Note that PayPal gives 2 sets of code for website and e-mail. You can choose to save one according to your needs and preferences.
Add Donate Button to WordPress Site
After creating the donation button and getting the button code successfully, now you need to add the button to your website. Generally, there are 2 places that most people prefer to locate the button: homepage and sidebar. Note that we assume you choose the e-mail code that guarantees a safer donate environment.
- For Homepage – You can screenshot a Paypal donation button, and upload it to your WordPress site. Or simply use the existing one with the image URL of https://www.paypal.com/en_US/i/btn/btn_donate_LG.gif. Then, you can add the code displayed in the following to anywhere you want within the homepage.
<a href="E-mail Code from PayPal" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><img src="/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/paypal-donation-plugin.png" alt="PayPal Donation Button" /></a>
Plugins for PayPal Donation Button
A WordPress PayPal plugin is extremely important for business related websites and also freelance websites as it offers an easier way of payment. There are a lot of powerful WordPress plugins, some of which can help you add the donation button with the minimum efforts, such as Paypal Donation, Paypal Donation Shortcode, and WP Paypal Donate. You only need to download, install, and activate these tools from WordPress.org or WordPress dashboard. Then, everything can be down within minutes.
Below are some of the best PayPal plugins.
Nice PayPal Button Lite
With this plugin setup in the website, you get an easy and convenient way to add a PayPal Buy Now button for your page or post. It comes to helps when making payments to specific online stores for a few products purchased online. With the Nice PayPal Button Lite plugins, any WordPress website can be changed into a sale point. The implementation is so easy and quick. By simply inserting a shortcode, you can display your PayPal button.
CP Contact Form with PayPal
With the help of this plugin, you can add a contact form to a website created using WordPress. It offers the chance to connect with PayPal for payment. Upon filling in the form and submitting it to the site, the WordPress database saves data. It is then redirected to PayPal automatically that completes the payment. After the payment is done, the web admin can receive an email and so do you.
PayPal for WooCommerce
It is easy to add a PayPal pay option to any website, such as portfolio website and company website using this plugin. It is very simple to use as it has been tested thoroughly to make sure that the customers do not have a problem while making payments. There is also a seamless PayPal integration between WooCommerce and PayPal to match the details in both sites. It can also be able to translate anything to all languages in the settings menu.
This plugin integrates with the PayPal standard payment method using the “Buy Now” and “Subscriptions” buttons. There is a Pro version available that offers much better features that are upgradeable. The plugin allows unlimited options of customizing as you like. It also allows the creation of multiple membership packages that have a different price and capability. It can protect the downloadable files with certain restrictions.
PayPal Sell Link
The plugin allows you to monetize a WordPress page or blog by selling text link using a sidebar widget. It is known that anyone can purchase a text link by using a PayPal subscription. The plugin is easy to install, allowing for different currencies and payment terms. PayPal Sell Link is completely automated thus effectively manages orders with the help of a PayPal IPN. This plugin is cross-browser compatible and come with plenty of languages.
PayPal Currency Converter for WooCommerce
Payments are made in different currencies based on the client. This plugin converts any WooCommerce shop currency into one of the permitted PayPal currencies. The current exchange rates can be retrieved from Yahoo Finance. It is integrated with a history of Google’s exchange rates and a Money Converter Rate Ticker.
Avishi WP PayPal Payment
Avishi WP allows the insertion of a PayPal “Buy Now” and/or “Pay Now” button into a WordPress website or post by using a simple shortcode. It allows you to describe the product and to sell it easily. You can also configure the PayPal settings, and its implementation is fast and flexible. The shortcode also allows for the display of the button anywhere you want.
POWr PayPal Button
POWr PayPal Button plugin is highly rated in terms of speed, simplicity and ease of use. It is customizable since it has fully installed fonts, colors and many more features. The plugin allows you to receive, to make payments or donations, and to offers support for many currencies. POWr PayPal also has a Pro version that boosts the functionality of the site. It increases the load speed, eliminates POWr logos and many more functions. The finest thing about this plugin is that it has a mobile responsive design.
This plugin presents a lot of options to choose. It inserts a PayPal shortcode donation as well as a sidebar widget to the WordPress website. PayPal Donations allows you to choose a donation button for use. The plugin help you choose the default currency, language and also allows you to customize the pages.
WP Easy PayPal Payment
WP Easy PayPal is very easy to use and can accept PayPal payments. Since it is quick in the installation and setup, it is preferred by many users worldwide. It creates a PayPal “Buy Now” button for easier purchasing, allows payment even in different currencies, lets the customers specify the amount that they requires paying, and integrates PayPal with WordPress created websites automatically.