I was recently asked how to go about adding credit card processing to a website (specifically adding a donations button). Since I just typed up my response, I thought I would also add my answer here on my blog in case some of you have the same question.

A simple and fast way to add credit card processing to your website is to use PayPal. A Paypal button on your site will allow your visitors to pay money to you online in a secure way. A Paypal button can be placed on a personal or business website.

Since the question specifically asked about accepting donations, this article will focus on adding a Paypal donation button to your site.

Step 1: Go to Paypal's official web page, PayPal.com.

Step 2: From the Home Page, click on sign-up to begin the process.
Note: You will need to set up a specific type of account with PayPal in order to be eligible to receive donations. Paypal offers various account options. If you are a non-profit organization, individual business owner or company, you must apply for a Premier or Business account in order to add a donation option to your site. Personal PayPal accounts are not eligible for dontation buttons.

Step 3: Select either a Premier or Business PayPal account. The premiere account is for individuals and the business account is for companies or group names.

Step 4: Fill out the requested fields for the account that you chose, and agree to the terms and conditions.

Step 5:  Apply for the payment process you prefer. If selecting a business PayPal account, pick a "payment solution" from the drop down menu, and then complete the process by selecting your business type and providing other requested information such as business name, address and telephone number. Click "continue" to process your request.

Step 6:  Wait for verification of your account. PayPal will verify and either approve or deny the premier or business account within a few days. Once approved, you (or your web developer) can create and install a donation button on your web site so that you can begin to accept donations.

That is it! Now all you have to do is encourage your visitors to use your donations button to send in their donations.


Sign up for PayPal and start accepting credit card payments instantly.

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