No one can dispute that online shopping has very much become a part of our daily lives. At some point of time or the other, most website owners and bloggers want to monetize their websites. What makes this possible is the availability of a number of payment gateways such as PayPal and Stripe that make it easy to collect payment right from the website. Immediately after choosing a product or selecting a service, the customer is taken to the checkout page where they can choose payment options. PayPal is a popular payment option with many buyers all over the world. If you’re using WordPress, there’s even more help available from the number of WordPress PayPal plugins that make it simple to collect payments via PayPal.
Most eCommerce platforms come with a built-in option for payment. And though many of us sell products and services online, it would be an overkill for us if we opt to use a full fledged eCommerce solution. For a good number of small online businesses, a simple payment option would more than adequately serve the purpose of collecting payments. If you place a convenient button that users can click to make payment, your chances of conversion will surely increase. These WordPress PayPal plugins allow website owners to sell their products through PayPal and offer some payment processing options at the same time.
Let’s take a closer look at these WordPress PayPal payment plugins.
Free WordPress PayPal Payment Plugins
When it comes to supporting payment options for PayPal, it’s the free plugins that shine. The WordPress repository offers a wide choice of downloadable plugins that allow users to collect payments and donations right from their websites.
WordPress Simple PayPal Shopping Cart
WordPress Simple PayPal Shopping Cart makes it easy for you to add a shopping cart almost anywhere on your WordPress website. Using a shortcode, it adds a ‘Add To Cart’ button on any post, page or sidebar, including the checkout page. This keeps your visitors on your website, without directing them to a third party service provider. And once you configure the plugin to be in sync with your PayPal account, you can collect payments with just a click on the PayPal button.
A dynamic cart can also be added directly into your theme. The cart can have many options for pricing, shipping and more. Visitors can view cart items easily and add and take away items from it. On the PayPal checkout page, customers can leave special instructions.
The plugin is lightweight and responsive, and integrates with the PayPal sandbox for testing purposes. You can sell almost anything with the plugin, including media files and digital downloads. A confirmation mail is sent out to purchasers with the download link. After PayPal payment is processed, customers can be redirected to a specified page. In case visitors cancel the purchase on the PayPal page, they can be redirected to a cancel URL.More info / Download
PayPal for WooCommerce
WooCommerce comes with built-in support for standard PayPal payment options. PayPal for WooCommerce provides support for additional PayPal options such as PayPal Express Checkout and PayPal Payments Pro. The options that you select will show up throughout your website to your shoppers. Your company logo and the card items can display on the PayPal Express Checkout review pages. The Express checkout option will take a shopper directly from the product pages to the PayPal payment page. If PayPal Pro is enabled, a direct credit card processing option will display on the checkout page. If you happen to be using PayPal Plus, you’ll need to purchase a separate plugin for the same.
All transaction data shows up in both places – in WooCommerce as well as in PayPal, making it easier to manage all transactions from the order history. The checkout page and checkout buttons will be visible in the default language of your WordPress. Once you configure the plugin correctly, it will work smoothly to help you accept PayPal payments. It is compatible with WooCommerce Subscriptions, so your customers can pay for subscriptions upfront. Merchants in America and Canada enjoy monthly fee waiver for PayPal Pro account with this plugin. This plugin has been thoroughly tested on PayPal sandbox servers to ensure smooth processing. Moreover, it handles errors and warnings correctly.More info / Download
WP Easy PayPal Payment Accept
WP Easy PayPal Payment Accept plugin helps you collect payments via PayPal for any product or service by placing an option in any page, post or sidebar. Not only payments, you can even collect donations. Working with shortcodes, you can create PayPal Buy Now buttons and embed them anywhere. You can also create multiple widgets for different products or services.
Of course, you need to have your own PayPal account and configure in which currency you will accept payment. To facilitate donations, set up the payment widget to accept any amount, allowing users to specify the amount. Also set the country code for selection of language on the checkout page. You can have text or image based buttons, and have a custom image for the button. The payment window can open in a separate tab or window, and you can return the user to a specific page.More info / Download
With the WordPress PayPal plugin active on your website you can create many buttons – PayPal Buy Now, Add to Cart, Subscriptions or Donations. After installing the plugin, you need to visit the settings page to fill in your PayPal email and your default currency. The plugin generates dynamic buttons using shortcodes that you can add anywhere on your website. It also gives you access to the PayPal sandbox, which allows you to test your payment process between a buyer account and seller account.
The plugin helps to collect one-off payments, recurring payments as well as donations. And you can configure the plugin to accept donations on a daily, weekly, monthly, or annual basis. You can sell in any currency supported by PayPal. WordPress PayPal helps you offer discounts and collect tax as well as shipping charges.More info / Download
Quick PayPal Payments
Quick PayPal Payments is another plugin that makes collection of payments via PayPal rather easy. All you need to do is set up a payment form using a shortcode. You can place it anywhere on your site and you can choose from a range of shortcode options. You can accept payment in all currencies approved by PayPal, in fixed or varying amounts.
The plugin is fully editable, and even the autoresponder is editable. It offers a number of styling options, supports many languages and allows you to download payment records. You can also add a custom form anywhere and receive instant payment notifications.More info / Download
CP Contact Form With PayPal
CP-Contact-Form-with-PayPal offers you a predefined form which leads visitors to a PayPal payment option – PayPal Standard or PayPal Express / PayPal Credit payment, depending on availability. You can publish the form in any page or post, and using CSS, change the style and color of the form. When a visitor fills in the form, it gets stored in your WordPress database and the user is redirected to PayPal to complete the payment. Once the payment is complete, you’ll receive an email with the form data and the visitor receives a thank you note or confirmation mail. The ‘Paid’ and ‘Unpaid’ forms show up separately on your WordPress backend, so you can keep track of the payments.
You can use the form wherever you need to collect payment for any product or service – such as event registration, hotel booking, subscription fees. You can add any number of forms for different products or services, and export the form data in Excel / CSV format. The options include collection for donations, recurring payments, EU taxes, captcha verification and request address for physical deliveries.
The premium plugin includes a Visual form Builder and widgets. It offers additional configuration settings, coupon / discount codes, WooCommerce integration and can work without PayPal as well. It supports multisites.More info / Download
PayPal Donations adds a PayPal donation shortcode and ready to use PayPal widget that you can add to the sidebar. Insert the shortcode for button in any post or page, and fill in the text fields and title for the widget. You can choose donation buttons, currency, button text localization and custom payment page styles. After receipt of donation, you can return the donors to a Thank You page.
This plugin is a good option if you are receiving only donations and not any other payments. While not offering too much by way of options, it will more than suffice, if all that you want to do is simply collect a donation and thank your donors.More info / Download
PayPal Donation Buttons
Using the PayPal Donation Buttons, you can place a Donate button within your theme. Not just any button, you get a choice from over nine standard PayPal buttons. You can also use your own custom button, if you wish. Some of the features that help you in your collection efforts are the Donation Goal and Donation List History. With shortcode support, you can place these buttons within any page, post or widget. The date by which the target amount is to be collected can also be displayed.
The donation confirmation email sends out a confirmatory email to both donors and admins. The email is automatically added to autoresponders while processing the donation on your PayPal account. What’s more, this plugin can also help you collect monthly recurring donations in multiple currencies.More info / Download
WordPress Ultra Simple PayPal Shopping Cart
WordPress Ultra Simple PayPal Shopping Cart adds a ‘Add To Cart’ button to any post, page or sidebar. The cart displays the contents to shoppers who have added them and allows them to remove any item if they change their mind. If you opt for a three step process in the settings, you can insert a form between cart validation and PayPal Submit to collect customer information.
Despite including ‘ultra simple’ in the name, the plugin offers a number of options by way of color and size of the buttons, collection of taxes on purchases, free shipping for specific cart values, display of thumbnails in the cart, and more. It allows you to test your payment collection in the PayPal sandbox, adds a shopping cart to checkout page and supports multiple currencies. It uses a return URL to redirect customers to a specific page after payment is complete. You can configure discount coupons as well as a notification that triggers when a sale is made.More info / Download
PayPal Framework is a great plugin that offers you a way to integrate PayPal payments. It stores not only your live PayPal credentials, but also your sandbox credentials. It allows you to switch from one to another easily and also has a built-in IPN listener. This listener validates messages from PayPal, and then executes the appropriate WordPress action.
This plugin is of real use to developers and to users who want to develop custom payment features, and need more than just a shopping cart or button. The basic framework offers a good starting point to customize your PayPal payment process.More info / Download
Payment Form and Online Credit Card Payments by vCita
If you are a service provider, Payment Form and Online Credit Card Payments by vCita is for you. It’s a simple plugin that integrates with both PayPal and Stripe, and adds a simple payment form or payment button to your website. It allows you to accept credit cards as well as PayPal payments right on your website. Customers can make payments from any device.
With the help of shortcodes, you can add multiple buttons to pages and posts. It adds an interactive payment widget to your site. You can remind customers to pay for past services and request upfront payments for fresh bookings or appointments. It’s also possible to issue invoices and track payments in real time. It supports more than 26 currencies and sends out email and mobile notifications. From a centralized dashboard, it allows you to manage your revenue stream.More info / Download
Sell Digital Downloads
Sell Digital Downloads has only one main purpose – to sell only digital products and nothing else. No bloat. And if you want to collect payments for the sale via PayPal, this plugin will do the job nicely. This a plugin that will make both users and developers happy. The user interface is easy to use and the plugin integrates smoothly with PayPal.
You can upload the files via WordPress media uploader, and digital downloads are automatically sent to customers after PayPal payment. Create product display boxes using shortcode and upload thumbnails for your downloads.More info / Download
To Wrap Up
WordPress is wonderful platform which you can combine with eCommerce solutions to run a successful online business. Moreover, there are WordPress themes that help you build an online store with the most popular eCommerce platform, WooCommerce. You can use it to sell anything you want from hotel subscriptions to ebooks. However, a transaction will never be complete without a payment option. The number of payment gateways available make collection of payment possible, and these WordPress PayPal plugins make it a smooth process to collect payments via PayPal right from your website.
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