How to create a simple “Buy Now” button in Paypal

ImageAs a small business consultant and webmaster for several start-up organizations, including Another Way Driving School, Career Essentials, LLC and DaySong Studio, I am often asked to create donation buttons for an event or new service offering. This step by steps guide will take you through the basic steps of creating a button that you can insert into your website or email message.

  1. Log into your personal or business PayPal account
  2. Click on the “Merchant Services” tab at the top of the pagePaypal
  3. In the “Features you can use right now” area, click on the “Create payment buttons for your website” area.PayPal 2
  4. On the “Create PayPal payment button” page and complete the first of three steps outlined to create the button:
    1. Step 1:
      1. Choose a button type and enter your payment details
      2. Buy Now Button Process:
      3. Give the item a name
      4. Select a price
      5. Customize the button if needed
        1. Drop-down menu with price optionspaypalbuynow4
        2. Drop-down menu (without price)paypalbuynow5
        3. Add text field
      6. Add shipping or tax if needed
  5. Two additional steps are optional and include the ability to track inventory and customize the check out page.
  6. Click the “Create Button” icon
    PayPal 6
  7. Follow the final three steps to copy the code for insertion in an email or web page
    1. Click Select Code to select all the button code.
    2. Copy the code (CTRL+C for Windows, CMD+C for Mac — or right-click and choose Copy).
    3. Paste the code into your own website or email (CTRL+V for Windows, CMD+V for Mac — or right-click and choose Paste).PayPal 7
  8. To paste the code into a web page open your website editor…
  9. Log into the admin section of your website
  10. Navigate to the page you want to edit
  11. View the “source” code of the pagePayPal 8
  12. Scroll down to the section you want the button to appear and paste the code
  13. View the page to see if it displays appropriately and save!

If you would like a brief personalized training session on creating a donation button for you own website contact me!

About Brian Loebig

Owner of, author of, and part-time Technology Manager for the Alliance for Performance Excellence, Brian has over 15 years of experience working in the quality improvement, human services and technology fields as an administrator and consultant. Brian has also worked as a practitioner and administrator in the corrections, substance abuse and human services fields with a special emphasis on technology. He continues to work with numerous community-based non-profits as a web technology consultant, board member and volunteer. Feel free to .
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