add custom PayPal buttons to WordPress

add custom PayPal buttons to WordPress // tiny blue orange

There are 2 ways to add links on a WordPress site — with text or with images. The same is true for adding a link directly to PayPal. It doesn’t matter if you’re linking to a one-time purchase or a subscription payment setup, you can still customize the appearance of the link itself.

Image Link

Using a custom graphic or image for your PayPal button requires a little bit of prep work because you need to design/create the image to upload. But after that, it’s easy peasy.

  1. Create your button graphic
  2. Save your graphic as a .jpg or .png
  3. Upload the graphic to your WordPress Media Library
  4. Log into your PayPal account
  5. Head to Profile > My Selling Tools
  6. Go to PayPal Buttons > Update
  7. Select Create new button or edit an existing one if you have it
  8. Set the button up however you’d like — the only requirements are a title + a price
  9. In Step 1, click “Customize text or appearance”
  10. Click the option to “Use your own button image”
  11. Paste in the URL from your WordPress Media Library where you uploaded the graphic
  12. Finish setting up your button + click “Create Button” or “Save Changes”
  13. Copy the website code
  14. On your site where you want the custom button, click on the text editor tab + place your cursor
  15. Paste the website code you copied
  16. Preview + save your changes to see your custom button in place!

Text Link

The text link is a little bit easier because it doesn’t require creating an image/graphic for the link. But the steps are pretty similar.

  1. Log into your PayPal account
  2. Head to Profile > My Selling Tools
  3. Go to PayPal Buttons > Update
  4. Select Create new button or edit an existing one if you have it
  5. Set the button up however you’d like — the only requirements are a title + a price
  6. Finish setting up your button + click “Create Button” or “Save Changes”
  7. Click the email tab to grab a link for your button
  8. Copy the email link
  9. Head to the page or post editor on your site where you want the custom button
  10. Whether using text or an image, highlight what you want to be the link
  11. Add the email link you copied from PayPal using the link icon in WordPress
  12. Preview + save your changes to see your custom link in place!

You may have realized you can set up a custom graphic using the text link instead of the image link, and that’s true! The reason that I like assigning the image within PayPal is in case I use the embed code outside of WordPress + want to keep the styling consistent.



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