How to use a PayPal Buy Now Button

PayPal’s Buy Now Buttons are an easy way to sell items on your website without a need to install any third party applications. This article assumes you’re familiar with the buy now buttons, however you can find more details about this PayPal feature on their website here.

How to create a PayPal Buy Now Button:

  1. Log into your PayPal account. If you don’t have a PayPal account, sign up for one.
  2. You will need to be in their Help Center.  Click on their PayPal Help Guides.
  3. Search the PayPal site for “buy now buttons”. We’re giving you the steps to search because the link may change as they update their articles.  Their current article is titled How do I add a PayPal payment button to my website?
  4. You can click on the video and watch their instructions or simply click on Paypal Buttons. You will see a list of buttons you can add.
  5. Click on the Buy Now button.
  6. Fill in the information to create the button.  When you’re finished, you should see the code to add the button to your site.

Paypal buy now button

How to insert the Buy Now Button HTML code on your website:

In the last step above, PayPal gives you the HTML code that will display your Buy Now Button. Find in your code exactly where you want the button to go and then paste the code. Most web design applications allow for you to insert HTML code, and that’s all you’ll need to do.

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  • Hi,


    I am using Bold Grid and trying to upload a Paypal button/HTML code in the description area of my item. After updating the code is visible on the page.  How can I add the button?  I do not want to use the paypal providers in WordPress do to security issues. Do I need to delete the previously applied Paypal/Wordpress set up prior to adding the button or will it simple not let me use my own system? Or m I adding it in the wrong area?

    • Since this is HTML code, you should add it to your site using the Text Editor in WordPress.

      There are also many 3rd party plugins available for adding PayPal Buy it Now buttons in WordPress.

      If you want to add full shopping cart (eCommerce) functionality to your BoldGrid site, WooCommerce is a good option.

      Thank you,

  • When I use the “test” button, an email address is automatically filled in. This happened with the button code I generated for a “Buy Now” button.  It filled in the email address of the owner of the business account. Shouldn’t this be blank  for the “purchaser” to fill in their account. At present I’m testing locally in a browser.

    • It’s possible the form could be pulling information from your browser’s autofill settings for forms. Are you able to try it in a different browser?

  • Hi, i have the same question, i have created the paypal buy now button but where i have to add the code? i use prestashop. can you help please?

    Thank you


    • Hello Dilshod,

      The only way to put the code in PrestaShop would be to modify the themes with the code. However, PrestaShop has many modules made specifically for integrating Paypal. Please see PrestaShop Add-ons (search for Paypal).

      If you have any further questions or comments, please let us know.

      Arnel C.

    • Hello James,

      The solutions to this can vary based on your WordPress theme and where you want to implement the button on your site. You can use the button code that Paypal provides similar to the steps above, but the main difference is that you will either be putting directly into a post, page, or your theme code. The easier way to handle it would be to use a plugin. Unfortunately, there’s not just ONE solution, so you’ll have to take a look at the list of available plugins and choose which one best works for you. Here’s an example of one available (for free) from the WordPress Plugins directory at wordpress .org: Easy Buy Now Paypal Button.

      I hope this helps to answer your question, please let us know if you require any further assistance.

      Arnel C.

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