online moneyThis tutorial teaches you how to add a “Buy Now” PayPal button to your WordPress blog. There are two methods to setup PayPal to accept online payments. The first method is implementing HTML codes on self-hosted websites. The second method works only on Wordpress blogs since it involves the use of WordPress plugins.


  • only applicable for self-hosted WordPress blogs, or websites
  • the PayPal HTML codes does not work for blogs. Your only option is to use a link to accept payment instead.
  • suitable for adding PayPal payment button for individual products only
  • if you are looking to make PayPal available for bulk items, consider implementing an eCommerce solution instead

What the PayPal button does: 

  • accept credit card, debit card, and PayPal payment immediately
  • no monthly fees, setup or cancellation fees
  • transaction fees applies
  • your buyers don’t need any PayPal account to make purchases with you

Method: Using HTML Codes

Steps to creating and setting up your PayPal button

  • First, login to your PayPal account.
  • Visit this link to setup your button.
  • There are 3 steps. You just need to complete the details required on Step #1add paypal button to wordpress blog 1
  • Expand on Step 1: Choose a button type and enter your payment details
  • Choose the button type – Buy Now
  • Add in your item name, ID, currency and price.
  • In the Customise Button section, complete this section if it is applicable for you. Otherwise you can skip this.
    setup paypal
  • Next, check the radio button “Use my primary email address“, then select your email address
  • Step 2 & 3 are optional. You can skip them for now.
  • Click Create Button, and you will be given two options: Website & Emailinstall paypal button on wordpress blog
  • Website option: Copy the HTML code and paste it onto the Web page where you need it to be
  • Email option: use this instead if your blog/website does not allow the processing of HTML forms
  • that’s it – your first PayPal button!

Alternative Method: Setup PayPal Button using WordPress Plugins

If you prefer to avoid the hassle of meddling with HTML codes, you can use WordPress plugins to setup PayPal to accept your payments instead.

WooCommerce Users
For those already using WooCommerce, check out the plugin PayPal for WooCommerce. Having won the PayPal Star Developer Award for three times, this plugin is a stable and trustworthy plugin that you can count on. The plugin seamlessly integrate PayPal with your blog.

Contact 7 Users
For bloggers who are already using the popular Contact Form 7, and wants to integrate PayPal payment, then the plugin PayPal Extension is naturally one of the best choices. Another plugin for you to choose is PayPal Integration Add-on

All Purpose
For those looking for a quick implementation of PayPal payment gateway, take a look at the plugin Easy PayPal Buy Now Button. The plugin is compatible with all Wordpress themes, easy to setup, and provides all the necessary features you need:

  • support 25 currencies
  • support 18 languages
  • 4 PayPal button for you to choose from
  • choose how the PayPal window opens
  • choose and define your cancel payment URL
  • choose and define your successful payment URL

If you are looking to implement PayPal throughout your WordPress blog, the plugin Ecwid Shopping Cart may be a practical choice for you.



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