How to Set Up a PayPal Donation Page

How to Set Up a PayPal Donation Page

By
Gnosis Media Group

In a previous post, we showed you how to create a PayPal donation link on the fly, without having to log in to the PayPal control panel. But how do you create a PayPal donation landing page?

Fortunately, PayPal does a lot of the heavy lifting for you. When you create your donation link, PayPal automatically generates a mobile-friendly checkout page that is tied to that link.

Here’s an example landing page from one of our clients, the Hinton Rural Life Center. This landing page corresponds to the following PayPal donate URL:

https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_donations&[email protected]&lc=US&no_note=0&item_name=Engage+individuals,+congregations,+and+communities+in+transformation+through+retreat+ministry+and+missional+outreach+(idg4973)&cn=&curency_code=USD&bn=PP-DonationsBF:btn_donateCC_LG.gif:NonHosted

In practical terms, what this means is: all you have to do is build the URL properly, and PayPal will generate the proper mobile checkout page.

Forcing a Set Donation Amount

Now, this illustration above is leaves the donation amount open. What if you wanted to offer only a set amount? That’s also easy to do. You simply add the “&amount=” parameter to the link, like this:

https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_donations&[email protected]&lc=US&no_note=0&item_name=Engage+individuals,+congregations,+and+communities+in+transformation+through+retreat+ministry+and+missional+outreach+(idg4973)&cn=&curency_code=USD&bn=PP-DonationsBF:btn_donateCC_LG.gif:NonHosted&amount=5.00

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In this example, we’ve told PayPal to “force users to donate $5.00” by adding “&amount=5.00” in the URL. When the user clicks the link, she will hit the landing page with the $5.00 amount already pre-populated. You can change this amount to whatever you like.

Multiple Preset Donation Amounts?

Updated 5/28/2019:

PayPal now offers a way to create a donate button with multiple, preset amounts. However, you cannot do it the way explained above. You must go into your PayPal account and go to the button creator center. We’ve explained how to do that in this post.

Eric Bryant, July 12, 2019

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