How To Put PayPal Donate Button on WordPress Blog


This is pretty simple just like what you see on my blog.

I adapted this method from Thanks to sockcavern.

So, here we go:

  1. Make sure you have a PayPal account.
  2. Login in to your PayPal account.
  3. On the tab bar, choose “Merchant Tools”.
  4. In the left sidebar, choose “Website Payment Standards”.
  5. Under “Website Payment Standards” choose “Feature List”.
  6. Scroll down. Under “Payment Processing Options” find “Donations”.
  7. Click “Set it up”.
  8. In the “Donation Name/Service” field, enter a name for the project.
  9. In the “Donation ID/Number” field, you can enter any number or leave it blank.
  10. In the “Donation Amount” field, leaving it blank lets the donor decide how much to give.
  11. Choose a currency and country. (Probably that which you expect to receive most donations in and from, but you can choose any you like.)
  12. Scroll down to “Security Settings”.
  13. Choose “No” (Your email address will display to the donor, but the transaction will be secure.)
  14. Click “Create Button Now”.
  15. Ignore the “HTML Code for Websites” box. I said ignore it.
  16. In the “Link for Emails” box, there is another code. Copy it.
  17. Modify the code you have copied with change below:
    <a href="this is the code what you have copied"><img src="" mce_src="" alt="Please make some donations"></a>
  18. Open your WordPress Dashboard, go to “Presentation”.
  19. Click on “Widgets”.
  20. Make sure you have drag “Text 1” onto left side panel.
  21. Give a title for the widget, for example “Donations” then paste the code there.
  22. If you want to make your button in center position, just put <div align="center"> in beginning then </div> in ending of code line.
  23. Save your widget change by clicking “Save Changes” button.
  24. Congratulations! You just have a PayPal Donation button.

PS: You can change the button look by choosing one of these:

Copy image link of button you have choosed then replace it in <img SRC="this is your button image link" />. You can just even create your own button if you wanted to.

I hope this will worthy for you. Happy donating! 😉


63 Responses to How To Put PayPal Donate Button on WordPress Blog

  1. Thanks.. Im just about to get one on my site as well..:)

  2. I am using this on my site as well. Thanks for the help.

  3. medicalcrisis says:

    So sorry, you were SO clear but I’m still lost. I got as far as the text in the box and hit ‘save changes’ but it just goes back to the original text box info on the side bar. I copied from the text in paypal and added the code you said but…it goes right back to the original when I hit ‘save changes’. There’s not a widget that says Donations. And then how do you get THAT to your post???

  4. frozenade says:

    Text “Donations” was created by my self.
    Make sure you’ve paste in “Text” widget.

  5. stormy says:

    I’m searching for PayPal on WordPress and found it’s, thanks

  6. simon says:

    thanks man!! good stuff

  7. Stephen says:

    Thank you for posting this! I could’ve puzzled it out, but this saved me some time. 🙂

  8. thanks very much for writing this clear tutorial, and helping others.

    that’s wonderful 🙂

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  10. Moe says:

    Thanks for the great tutorial.
    you are going into my blogroll.
    Man! I feel like a total amatuer compared to you guys;

  11. ModelR says:

    Goodstuff. Works for me. Just a quick not for anyone interested in centering their button. You can use the instructions in step 21 or you can use this code:

    <a href="this is the code what you have copied"><img class="aligncenter" src="; mce_src="; alt="Please make some donations"></a>

  12. irishbluemargarita says:

    Thanks i learned!

  13. mike@layofflist says:

    Thanks for the instructions! After looking around for three hours, you made it work!

  14. aursino says:

    Worked like a charm, thanks for the tip!

  15. Sandra says:

    Thank you so much!!!!

  16. vamk says:

    Mine doesn’t show the icon

  17. deerawan says:

    thanks for the tutorial of paypal

  18. uchmony says:

    Thanks for the info, its great really thanks

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  20. Thanks for the very detailed breakdown, it was extremely helpful!

  21. You’re great! Thanks

  22. Chelsea says:

    Outstanding. Thank you so much!

  23. Hulbert says:

    I was having trouble because the image looked larger on WordPress. Thank you kind sir for clearing this up.

  24. Emily Porter says:

    Werks good Thnx!

  25. Thank you so very much. After “messing” with HTML code all day (I am not a computer wizard)I was able to get a “Donate Now” button on my website is less than 15 minutes! I am not sure if it works or not, but it looks great! Check out our benefit ride for the homeless and in support of Christian Recovery at Thanks again and see ya on the road!

  26. tastygraph says:

    Thank you very much for taking the time and effort to write such a helpful Tutorial. Much appreciated! 🙂


  27. kumahouse says:

    Thanks a ton! 😀

  28. AKASH says:

    Hello ? As you said “If you want to make your button in center position, just put in beginning then in ending of code line” If i want to do Donate button in right side then what is the code code for move to right side or left side please help me :(:(:(:(

  29. Geek Tv says:

    This worked! Thank you so much!

  30. frozenade says:

    just turn ‘center’ to ‘right’ 😉

  31. FBM-Hanna says:

    Thank you for sharing this tip with us.

  32. If you want to centralize the button it’s better to use div align=”center” and and remember to put it within it is a piece of HTML code. I did it on my website and it worked just fine.. and it is the easiest way I’ve found. 🙂

  33. bensimonds says:

    Thanks for the tip!

  34. agentpaupau says:

    thank you so much!! 🙂

  35. sirrokr says:

    Thanks. I was searching for a wordpress widget to do the job because I didn’t know it would be this simple.

  36. Dolors says:


    I was doing some research on how to create a “donate” button to put on my website and found some interesting information, so I thought I would share it here.

    It seems Paypal is not happy with companies / individuals who use the “donate” button, unless they are a charity. Several people are complaining Paypal froze their account claiming inappropriate use of the “donate” button, which apparently is only to be used by charities or non-profit organisations.

    I have decided to create my own button and put something else other than “donate” on it. Also I will investigate about the “Buy me a beer” pluggin for WordPress or other similar alternatives.

    Hope this helps somebody else as well.


    So probably the best option si

  37. Thanks, nice workaround 🙂

  38. frozenade says:

    thanks for the opinion, Dolors

  39. Katie Smartz says:

    Thanks for the walkthrough! I was having a tough time getting this to work, but now it’s all fixed up nice!

  40. Sagar Dewang says:

    I can’ see their make donate button option under the website payments menu.
    what’s the problem?

  41. Sagar Dewang says:

    As Dolors said above I think paypal has closed their make Donate button option.
    Tell any other Trick for making the button please!

  42. celebr says:

    Nice tutorial…anyway..thanks ..I am adding for my Blog

  43. theartfemme says:

    Thank you so much!

  44. miranda says:

    thank you!!!!
    this is brilliant

  45. daniel says:

    thx for the info, it was really helpful

  46. David Lockeretz says:

    Brilliant! I tried using the HTML code and had no idea what I was doing wrong until I used the email code at your suggestion. Thanks for the info!

  47. Pete says:

    Thanks man! Great stuff

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  50. Jezh42 says:

    hey thx so much but how do you get the user stats widget in the sidebar i love the one you have!! please tell me how to get it or/and what code i need if there is a code needed thx

  51. Jezh42 says:

    also how do you get the how much is my site worth widget please help me!!

  52. Thank you! What a great and easy to follow tutorial. It worked perfectly.

  53. frozenade says:

    Point your mouse to the widget and you’ll found the link. 😉

  54. frozenade says:

    Point your mouse to the widget and you’ll found the link. 😉

  55. Jezh42 says:

    i cant find it
    i would like the one that tells you the browser and everything but when i hover over nothing happens. can you just please give me the link. aswell as the one that tells you how much your site is worth PLEASE!

  56. Aud says:

    Thanks! You’re awesome.

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