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Using the PayPal Widget for Donations

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EverWeb’s PayPal widget lets you easily add a Donate button to your site to help visitors easily give money to worthy causes.

The Donate button works in the same way as the Buy Now button in that it sends the donation funds to your PayPal account so the usual PayPal fees apply.

The usual fees for Credit Card transactions also apply. You may be able to apply for discounted rates if you are a registered charity. Check out your local PayPal site for more information.

To use the PayPal Widget, make sure you have an active PayPal account.

In EverWeb start by adding the PayPal widget to your page and move it to where you want it located.

In the PayPal Widget Settings, enter the email address that corresponds to your PayPal account.

You can set up different email addresses that are linked to your PayPal Merchant ID so e.g. you can set up a specific  email address for donations.In this way, any donation transactions will be notified to the donations email address.

To use this feature, log in to your PayPal account and click on the Profile settings cog.

Add a new email address to your PayPal account by clicking 'Update' in the Email section of the screen and completing the required fields.

Once set up you can use this email address in the Email Address field of the PayPal widget.

Next set the Button Type to ‘Donate' and set the ‘Button Sub Type’ as either 'Product' or 'Service'.

In the ‘Item Name’ field enter a name that reflects that this is a donation.

The 'Item ID' must be filled in otherwise the transaction will not work. It does not matter what you enter here e.g. you could simply use the word ‘DONATION'.

You can set up donations in a number of ways… If you want the donator to enter in their own amount when they click on the Donate button leave the 'Price' field blank.

If you want to specify a set donation amount, enter this amount in the 'Price' field.

Use the ‘Add’ button in 'Product Options/Prices’ section to create different donation levels. For the name of the ‘Product Options’ you may want to include the currency symbol of the donation currency.

Next complete the ‘Currency’ and ‘Country’ fields as appropriate.

As the donation will be made online, you do not have to complete any shipping information.

Remember to check with your local tax authorities to see if donations are liable to tax or not. Complete the 'Tax Rate (%)' field as required.

It is recommended to select 'Open shopping cart in new tab' so that a new window is opened for the transaction.

In the ‘Product Options’ section of the widget add an 'Option Label' if required if you have added any ‘Product Options/Prices’.

To complete your donation button, add a 'Thank You page' and a 'Cancelled Page' to your site and link each page to the ‘Thank You Page’ and ‘Cancelled Page’ dropdown menus in the ‘Additional Options’ section of the PayPal widget.

If the transaction is successful, when returning from PayPal, the Thank You page will be displayed. If unsuccessful, the Cancelled Page is shown instead.

To return successfully from PayPal back to your website, remember to set up the 'return' mechanism in PayPal.

In your PayPal account, go to your Profile and select 'Profile and Settings'. Select 'My Selling Tools' from the list on the left side of the screen. In the 'Selling Online' options, set 'Website Preferences' to 'Return customers to my website after they’ve payed with PayPal'.

Your widget is now set up. Remember to test your page and Donate button to make sure that the transaction completes successfully and that the return to your website also work correctly.