I work with many non-profit and political clients and besides providing thorough information about their cause or position of the issues on their website is to have a way for supporters to make donations. PayPal isn’t just for small organizations and businesses anymore. Its a widely accepted way for payments and donations. This tutorial will provide a step-by-step process for creating a donation button to place on your website.
First, log into your PayPal account or sign-up for a new account.
Click on the Profile tab under My Account.
Under Selling Preferences, click the My Saved Buttons link.
Click the Create new button link.
From the Choose a button type, select Donations.
For Organization name/service, enter the name of your organization.
For the Donation ID (optional), enter a unique number if you’d like to track this type of donation.
Click the blue triangle next to Customize button.
To customize the PayPal button, you can check Use smaller button, and/or Display credit card logos. You can change the Country and language selection from the drop-down menu. You will see a previous of your button in the Your customer’s view pane.
To use your own button, select Use your own button image. Enter the URL of where your image is located on the web. Currently PayPal does not allow you to upload images.
Select your currency type.
In the Contribution amount, select to either allow Donors to enter their own contribution amount, or Donors contribute a fixed amount, and then you’ll enter the amounts. The later will work if you are creating a special donation button for a specific event where tickets are a specific donation amount.
Under Merchant account IDs, select either to Use my secure merchant account ID, or Use my primary email address [your email address]. If you want to keep your email address confidential, select the first one.
Steps 2 and 3 are not required, however let’s review them. Click on Step 2.
By default PayPal saves your button for later use, you can deselect this if you desire.
Click on Step 3 to view Advanced Features.
You can custom different features such as return pages, additional variables to be passed through the button, and so much more. This section is for more advanced users, so for this tutorial we will just keep everything as default.
Click the Create Button button at the bottom of the screen. This opens up the button code page.
Under the Website tab HTML code is provided to be placed directly on your website. Copy the code using the instructions provided to copy and paste the code text on your site. Because the code provided by PayPal includes a <form> tag, this code may not work for .NET pages or in other types of platforms. If you are using a WordPress widget this may not be ideal either. In these instances the Email code will serve you better.
The Email code can also be inserted in emails to create a button to send in your correspondences.
I hope this tutorial for creating PayPal donation buttons will make the process a bit easier if you a newbie to PayPal, or perhaps refer your clients to this tutorial if you are a webmaster.