One of the things that’s irritating to set-up is a payments button for goods and services. In order to do this, you need a Paypal merchant account, which then gives you access to product set-up screens and code to download and embed into your website.
If you’re after a full-function shopping-cart, you can install a number of different systems, such as Shopify which is billed as “Australia’s ecommerce leader”.
But sometimes you just need to sell a single thing, like I did on my blog, gotheek.com.
The buy me a coffee panel in the sidebar works thanks to the Nice Paypal Button Lite, which is a WordPress plugin.
Once installed on a wordpress site, you need to:
First, get a paypal account
Next set-up your paypal button (by going to your dashboard, and choosing Settings > Nice Paypal Button Lite) – you’ll just need to add your paypal account email address.
Finally create your shortcode (which isn’t as hard as it sounds).
You start with this one:
[nicepaypallite name=”WordPress Coffee Mug” amount=”12.50″]
All you have to do is add your item name in the first quotes, and how much you want for it in the second. Then paste the code into a post, a page or a text widget.
And you’re off!