How To Take The Headache Out Of Adding A Paypal Button To A WordPress Website

Disclosure: This post contains an affiliate link to the Paypal Buy Now Button plugin. If you decide to use this plugin through this link, I’ll receive a small commish at no cost to you.

If you’re selling a product you created or offering a service, you’ll need to set up a payment option for your customers.

The easiest payment option would be Paypal. Because let’s face it, just about everyone has a Paypal account nowadays.

But adding Paypal button the old school way can be a headache. Especially if you’re not familiar with codes.

And if you don’t need all the bells and whistles of an eCommerce, I have a simple solution for you. Keep reading to learn how you can add a Paypal button without messin’ with codes.

How To Add A Paypal Button To Your WordPress Website

I personally have had my share of WTF moments when I tried adding a pay now button through the Paypal website. Then I came across this plugin when I was looking for a tutorial that would walk me through the steps.

And this is what I currently use on my other website to sell my eBook.

The Paypal Pay Buy Now plugin is super easy to configure.

The only downside is that the Paypal button doesn’t appear in the Gutenberg editor. But there is an easy work-around for it and I’m going to walk you through that too.

But first, follow along with these steps to install and set up the plugin.

First, go to the plugins section and search for Paypal Buy Now Button by Scott Paterson. Then click to install and activate it.

Then, in the Settings tab, click on Paypal button to bring up the configuration window.

Select the language and currency in the first section.

paypal button

Now scroll down to Paypal Account. Enter the email address you use for Paypal. Further below, make sure the Sandbox mode is set to Off and the Payment action is set to Sale.


In the Other Settings section, select the button size and type. Further below, add URL to redirect customers after they pay like a thank you page.

Click Save Settings and you’re done. Now let me show you how to grab the shortcode from the work-around.

The Work Around

Follow these steps to grab the Paypal button shortcode.

Here’s what you do:

Install and activate the Classic Editor plugin. Then open a new post or page. When you get to the editor screen, you’ll see the Paypal button under the title.

Next, click Paypal Button and a new window will appear. This is where your product information will go.

paypal button

Click Insert to add the button to the post/page and a shortcode will appear in the text area. Copy and paste that shortcode (add it to your notes in case you need it later).

After that, you can uninstall the Classic Editor plugin to go back to Gutenberg editor.

Now, go to the post or page you want to add the Paypal button to. Insert a shortcode block and paste the code and voilà, you’re done!

paypal button

Wrapping It Up

I hope you found this tutorial helpful. If you get stuck configuring this plugin, feel free to contact me and I’ll be happy to give you a hand.

To get the Paypal Buy Now plugin, click here*.

Video tutorial coming soon!

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  1. Lisa Sicard says:

    Thanks Cori, this is good to know! But do you have to pay any fees if people pay that way from your website? It’s been years since I’ve done that on a website.

    • Cori says:

      Hey Lisa! 🙂

      I haven’t had to pay any Paypal fees so far but I’m not sure if there is a certain dollar amount limit before we have to Paypal fees since mine is a lower ticket item.


    • Moss Clement says:

      Hi Cori,

      Your tutorial is easy to understand, and it make sense to learn how to add this button, especially now that more consumers are buying online. However, I read another article on the PayPal blog concerning PayPal fees. It states that “there are no setup or no monthly charge. You only pay pay a small fee when you make a sale.”
      The article is addressed to marketers in Hong Kong, so I don’t know if it implies to those in US and Europe. Nonethelee, thank you for sharing, Cori.

      • Cori says:

        Thank you Moss. I haven’t been charged any fees since I began using the plugin so it might be inclusive to Hong Kong only. I’ll definitely update the post if ever am charged. 🙂

        Thanks for coming by to read this post. I hope you’re doing well!


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