Accept Donations on Your Site Via PayPal
There are a lot of good reasons to accept donations on your website. Maybe you feel uncomfortable posting ads, or don’t have the time or initiative to rustle up advertisers, but you’d like to get a little something for all the work you’re putting in. Maybe you have an emergency and you feel you can turn to your fans for help. Or maybe you just want to see what happens.
Whatever the reason, creating a donation form for your website is pretty easy using PayPal’s form builder. Go to PayPal’s Donation Button page and click “Get Donation Buttons”. You’ll be asked to log in and then will be taken to a form to fill out. Enter your name or the name of your site where it asks for the “Donation name/service”. Leave the “Amount” field blank so your guests can enter their own amount, but be sure to select a currency and your country.
Then choose a style for your button. The next section asks you whether you want your button encrypted; if you choose “yes”, you’re done and can click the big “Create Button Now” button at the bottom. If you select “No” you can add further options, like whether you want to allow donors to include a note.
When you create your button, you’ll be given a field full of code to cut-and-paste into your site. Make sure you paste it in as HTML, not as text (for example, don’t use the visual editor in WordPress). The code I generated looks like this:
You can paste it anywhere on your site, but if you’re on WordPress, you’ll probably want to paste it into a “text widget” — go to Design > Widgets” and add a “text” widget to your sidebar. If your theme isn’t widget-enabled, you can also paste the code into your sidebar; go to “Design > Theme Editor” and select “Sidebar” from the menu on the right side.
You probably won’t get rich asking for donations, but it might help defray the cost of hosting, and maybe put a latte in your hand every now and again too. What do you think of donation buttons on websites? Does it turn you off, make you feel useful, or something else entirely?