There are a lot of websites or blogs where site owner shares the content with users absolutely free. For a non-profit organization, keeping their website alive always needs a fund or helping hands. If your website really helps users or solving problems of your visitors then in return you can ask for a donation. Of course, if your website has built a trust with the audience they decide to pay a donation to your website.
Next question is how to accept donation online? The site owner can receive a donation in several ways. They can provide bank details for an online wire transfer or tend to use a service which accepts payment online.
PayPal is one of the popular ways to accept donation online. Sending or receiving payment through PayPal is more secure. And that’s why it is a popular payment gateway. In this article, we study how to add PayPal donate button on your website.
Add PayPal Donate Button
For accepting donation through PayPal, you should have PayPal account. Creating an account on PayPal is free and you don’t need to pay anything upfront.
Using PayPal, we can place the donate button anywhere on our website. When a user clicks on the button they will redirect to a PayPal website where they can complete the payment process. The amount will be credited to your PayPal account which you can transfer to your bank accounts anytime.
To generate a donate button, you need to place a code below where you want to display your donate button.
<form action="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr" method="post"> <!-- Identify your business so that you can collect the payments. --> <input type="hidden" name="business" value="YOUR_PAYPAL_EMAIL_ADDRESS"> <!-- Specify a Donate button. --> <input type="hidden" name="cmd" value="_donations"> <!-- Specify details about the contribution --> <input type="hidden" name="item_name" value="WRITE_PURPOSE_HERE"> <input type="hidden" name="currency_code" value="USD"> <!-- Display the payment button. --> <input type="image" name="submit" src="https://www.paypalobjects.com/en_US/i/btn/btn_donate_LG.gif" alt="Donate"> <img alt="" width="1" height="1" src="https://www.paypalobjects.com/en_US/i/scr/pixel.gif" > </form>
Make sure to replace placeholders with the actual values. After adding the above code, PayPal donate button should look like as below:
You can customize button and place your own button also. All you need to do is replace current image src path with your image path.
Add PayPal Donate Button Using Plugin
If you are running a WordPress website, then you can choose WordPress PayPal donation plugin for it. It’s up to users actually. Above method also does the same thing that plugin does. If you are not comfortable with adding HTML code to your file then go for a plugin.
First install and activate the plugin PayPal Donations.
Upon activation, go to the menu PayPal Donations->Buttons and create a PayPal donation button.
On the next page, you have to fill some information regarding the donation. Here, all fields are optional. You can keep the default settings or fill the details. Don’t forget to save the changes.
After creating the PayPal button, you will get a shortcode which you need to place where you want to display the donate button. But before that go to PayPal Donations->Settings page and add your PayPal email address.
Now place your shortcode anywhere you want and donate button will appear on your website.
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