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Adding a PayPal donation button to your WordPress.com blog

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If you'd like to add a PayPal button to your WordPress.com blog's sidebar, or into a post or page This video will show you how to get it done in a couple of minutes Head to PayPal.com. If you have an account you can login right here. Otherwise, you'll need to make one For the features we're looking at, you'll need a premiere or business account Once you're logged in, you'll see something like this and you'll want to click up here on "Merchant Services" Then you'll see a whole bunch of options, one of which is "Donations". Click on that. Put in a name here, either yours or one of your organization or blogs This what people will see when they come to the donate page And then, check out the customization options for the button that people will see when they click through to PayPal to make a donation. I can make it smaller, or choose to display credit card icons, or I can go ahead and add my own button image if I have something I'd prefer to use I can do that by uploading an image to my media library in WordPress, clicking "View" on the image, and then Right or Command-clicking to select "copy image address" or whatever your browser or operating system calls this feature. I then paste in the code I've copied here just like this. Once that's done I can set my currency and decide if folks can select their own amount, or if they'll use a fixed donation amount instead, like this And I might want to use this advanced customization option to add a message and set some rules for the person donating. Obviously the easier and friendlier I make it the more likely they are to go through with the donation As you can see, there are a whole bunch of customization options you can add here When you're done with those, click on the create button And from the two options I actually want to select the email tab, because the website one doesn't play nicely with WordPress.com I'm going to leave this page open, and then in a new tab or window, I'll open up WordPress and start a new post or page Now I'll switch to the HTML view and head for the WordPress.com support page about PayPal There's a link in the sidebar of this video or you can run a search for "WordPress.com support PayPal" in Google, for instance. There I'll find a bunch of different PayPal buttons I can use so I'm going to copy the code from here, and then put that into the HTML editor in WordPress - it has to be the HTML tab and not the "Visual Editor" If I want to use my own image, I can swap this part here with the URL of the image that I created earlier, like this So now, when I skip back to the visual editor I'll see either the PayPal button or the one I've created myself Now, back to the PayPal website where I have the link I want to copy I'll grab that, come back to WordPress and apply the link by selecting the image and using the link button in the visual editor If I want to add the button to my sidebar instead I could head back to the HTML tab copy the chunk of code here and then paste it into a Text widget Which I'll find in the Appearance > Widgets menu. Like this I can add any extra text that I like and when I'm ready I either need to save my widget or publish my page and in a post or page, it'll look like this Or, if I pasted it into a sidebar widget it'll look like this When someone clicks through, this is what they'll see So that's adding a PayPal button to your WordPress.com blog making it easy for people to donate to you

Video Details

Duration: 3 minutes and 56 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
License: Dotsub - Standard License
Producer: Michael Pick
Director: Michael Pick
Views: 1,780
Posted by: wordpresstv on Mar 30, 2009

If you'd like to create a "donate" button for your WordPress.com blog, this video shows you how

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