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If you’re a small business owner, you may be looking for a hassle-free way to collect payments online for your products or services.
Even if you have a brick-and-mortar store where shoppers can make purchases in person, configuring your website to accept online transactions can help your business generate revenue around the clock.
If you have a WordPress.com website with a Business or Premium plan, consider adding the Simple Payments button to a page or post. Anyone who visits your website can use this option to make a purchase in seconds. Follow the steps below to set up an online payment system for your WordPress.com site.
To begin the process of adding the Simple Payments button to your site, log on to your WordPress.com account and add a new page or blog post to your site. Next, click Add button with the plus-sign icon in the editor’s toolbar. You’ll see a dropdown menu with a list of options; select the last one: Add Payment Button.
Click on this option and you’ll be directed to the Create New Button form, where you can input the details of what you’re selling, a description of the item, the item’s price, and your contact information. You can also adjust the settings to allow shoppers to purchase more than one item at a time.
Once you’ve filled out the required fields, click Insert — a Pay with PayPal button which accepts credit and debit card payments will appear at the bottom of the page or post. If you want to make this button more visible, you can add an image that will appear next to it. Once you hit Publish, the button will go live and you can begin collecting online payments.
If you don’t already have one, you’ll need to set up a PayPal account to collect online payments. Be sure to use the same email address for your PayPal account that you used to set up Simple Payments, as it will connect the two accounts.
When a visitor clicks on your Simple Payments button, they’ll see a pop-up window asking them to either log into their PayPal account, or to pay using a debit or credit card. Every time someone submits a payment, you’ll receive an email notification and PayPal will send you a confirmation email whenever a payment is processed. You can log in to your PayPal account to transfer the funds directly into your banking account.
You can create multiple Simple Payments buttons or embed an existing button into multiple pages across your site. To access this feature, you need a WordPress.com Premium or Business plan.
If you only plan to sell a moderate number of items and need basic functionalities (like the ability to add pricing details, allow shoppers to make multiple purchases, or collect donations for a charitable initiative), Simple Payments offers all the tools you need. Alternatively, if your inventory is comprised of hundreds of items in different colors and sizes, opening an eCommerce store and integrating a plugin like WooCommerce may be your best option.
WooCommerce is an open source eCommerce platform designed for WordPress sites. It offers advanced functionality, payment and shipping options, inventory tracking, design features, and sales reporting and analytics for business owners who want to create online storefronts. If you’re just starting out with online payments, you can experiment with Simple Payments to see if it offers the tools and features that you need immediately. As your business evolves, you may want to integrate WooCommerce for its enhanced tools.
Utilizing an online payment system is the easiest way for shoppers to purchase your services from the comfort of their own homes. Embedding a Simple Payments button only takes a few minutes and offers long-term payoffs by allowing your business to generate revenue even when the doors of your brick-and-mortar store are closed. It’s a winning situation for your shoppers and for yourself.
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