This couldn't get any better, I mean this exactly is the kind of topic I can write the whole day on, and still not feel tired. So yeah let’s talk a bit about the mechanism and manufacturing infrastructure that makes a man, into a blogger.Well straight and simple, what I’m sharing in this piece is how to become a blogger.
Well I have been 6 long years in the industry, meaning I have been in this industry since I was 13, so yeah I think even if have not collected anything else I did collect what a blogger means.
Who is a Blogger?
Hey, ever wondered who is a blogger exactly? I mean as the name suggests, anyone who blogs, is a blogger right? Well yes, but no.
There are two typical categories of blogger, I mean two categories I can broadly classify the bloggers into.
The first one of course is hobbyist blogger, well meaning blogger who owns blog just for the sake of their hobby and that they are not looking into making any serious profit out of it.
You might be a travel guy and you might want to share your story out with the world, well you are a blogger, you might be a cook and you would want to share your recipes with the world well you are a blogger again, but well there is a difference between you and the professional blogger.
A professional blogger is a blogger who takes it up as a profession, and he makes a living out of blogging. (well all the stories you heard about working and earning from home, they were not fairy tales, not all of them atleast.)
Well, people often confuse professional bloggers with people who are masters in a field, I mean you can be a hobbyist blogger, and you still might be a master in what you share.If you are a great cook you can share your secret recipes and you need not be a professional blogger.
On the other hand on a daily basis, I meet at least a couple guys who seem to try to take blogging as a profession, but they are not masters on the topics they are covering so well it's clear that you don't need to be a master in something to be a professional blogger.
But well yeah then again comes the difference of maintaining the blog and professionalism, I mean if you are just a hobbyist blogger you would not give a lot of shit to search engine queries, keywords or how your blog looks like.
Yeah you might do it on a personal level but that is not something you would spend a fortune on, on the other hand if you are a professional blogger you do need to worry about Search Engine Optimisation, look and feel of your design, the speed, and a lot of back-end stuff like the themes, the plugins, the CDN’s, etc.
so I can say that the hobbyist blogger is a lot cheaper than being a professional blogger but then again being obvious blogger doesn't pay you while being a professional blogger can make you a fortune.
How to Become a Blogger?
Well becoming a blogger is not really that hard, becoming a professional blogger is. Well, they all start from the same originating point.
So either you want to be a professional blogger, or a just a hobbyist, there are couple things you're going to need for sure, there's no other way around them.
Well let me list the basic requirements (No, they don't cost a fortune!)
- Domain. (Something so that your visitors can find you, for e.g.,. Knowledgecage.com)
- A server (In order to store the files, the text, audio-video needs a place to be uploaded, right?)
- A CMS :- WordPress or Blogger. (Both are totally free.)
- What? Looking for the fourth requirement? You're good to go, nothing else required! (I just like to play around a bit you know, sorry if it annoyed you.)
How do You Start a Blog?
Well as I already said, you're going to need the two things we talked about. Well, I'll be soon (Like maybe in the next 48hours), writing a detailed guide on how to buy a domain name, but for now let's give you a sneak-peek, and well that should be enough to get you started for now.
Just head over there, key in your Domain URL. (I'll be taking Godaddy for an example.) Now click on Search.
If the domain is available, you'll see it's available, so just proceed. If it says it isn't available, just think of a different URL. So well see my domain is available, Now, I just click on Select, and then Proceed to cart.
Then finally, you need to click on Proceed to checkout.
Once that's done, you've got your domain, yeah that was all that you had to do.
Just go to Bluehost and select your plan.(See? They're dirt cheap).
Well once you've got your plan, just proceed to payout and make the payment. (I'm not listing out a step by step process mainly because this is a “how to be a blogger” oriented post, and not it's technicalities, and secondly because buying this is easier then buying goods off Amazon)
Once that's done you're good with the servers too.
So now, all you need is WordPress, right? Well it's easier then most people thing, and WordPress is advanced enough, so all you need to do is, search for Softaculous on your Cpanel (Softaculous is the “home” of all apps and CMS's on the cpanel).
And then, find WordPress in it, and click install.
Done! Well yeah, your site is ready. Now you can just login to your WordPress and start writing new posts, by clicking on Add new from the dashboard.
Congratulations, the blogger within you was just born!
How to Start a Blog for Free on Blogger:-
You can go with Blogger Blogs too, they are free, means well they don't need servers, so all you'd need to buy are the domains.
They are owned and operated by Google, so well there are quite a number of restrictions, that's the reason this is not my first choice, but still you're free to go with them.
All you need to do is, head over to blogger.com and signup for a free account. Or if you have a Gmail ID, you can just login.
Then click on New blog option.
On the popup that comes over, select your Blog Title, and URL.
Once you've done that, your blog is ready! Just click on the small pen icon on the screen to start blogging!
How to Make Money Blogging?
Well, there are over 50 ways to make money off a blog. But well not all of them are as easy, or straightforward. So let me make it easy for you.
Adsense: – Well it's the most popular method right now to make money. All you have to do is, setup Adsense on your blog, and you get paid for everytime a user clicks on it.
Affiliate Marketing: – Well, it's like you can write reviews and promote someone else's products. Like maybe an e-book, a digital software or something, and you get paid a % of it for each sale.
Third Party Ads: – You can sign up on sites like Buysellads.com (It's the only one I've ever used), what they do is, they connect you with advertisers, who want their banners advertised.
You put them up on your site, and you get paid for a certain number of impressions. Say you get paid $100/10000 impressions or something like that, so yeah that's how it works.
These aren't all the methods, I'm pretty sure you can think of a lot more ideas and methods to make money off your blog, but these are the ones who've made a reputation for them in the industry, can be trusted, and yield results.
Wrapping it Up:-
So yeah that was about it, I mean if you ever wondered how to become a blogger, this piece must have solved your queries, huh?
Also, I shared those tiny little tips on how to make money blogging, so that might come in handy too, right? If you ever get stuck somewhere, just leave a comment, blogging is exactly my thing so I'm here to any kind of questions you might have.
How to Edit WordPress htaccess File?
WordPress, is the most popular Blogging CMS in the world as of now. It powers more then 25% of the total world websites! Now that, is a huge, huge number. And that also is the reason why I'm writing this piece on How to edit WordPress htaccess file.
Well, before you actually jump in and start pondering over How to Create and Edit WordPress .htaccess file or where is .htaccess file, let me make couple things clear.
See Also: How to customize WordPress themes?
I don't want you messing with something you're not sure about, so let's get sure about what exactly is the .htaccess WordPress file, right?
What is WordPress .htaccess File:-
.htaccess is the file responsible for manipulating how the Apache server handles any changes in configuration of your WordPress CMS. So now you'd be asking, What do “changes” and “configuration” exactly mean, right?
So well, your WordPress is based out of a Permalink structure, isn't it? And someone needs to handle how those permalinks would come into being, right? That's what .htaccess does, it manipulates and changes and does whatever is needed to keep the pretty permalink structure of your WordPress stable and running.
That, sounded a bit complicated, huh? Well let me give you an “English version” of what .htaccess file can do for you:-
- It can Protect your Admin Area!
- It can even put in a Password Protection for your WordPress Folders!
- Lets you hide backlinks and do some other magical tricks that might not be possible, or at least seem possible without it.
- It has the power to hide / disable your directory from being browsed. Meaning your inner system files and stuff.
- Wpconfig.php is one of the most important files to your WordPress blog, and well it can protect it!
- Oh, and you can't forget that it allows you 301 redirecting your blog in case you ever need it.
- It can even help you banning someone from checking your blog out.
htaccess file for WordPress is often ignored, most webmasters don't even use it to it's full potential and instead waste thousands of dollars on third-party tools and plugins.
While all of those tweaks and tricks and little magical stuff performed by those tools could have been achieved simply by adding one extra line of code to our .htaccess file! So yeah the potential? It's unlimited!
And some other stuff similar to that. So no doubt you're curious about how to change .htaccess file WordPress, right? Yeah, that's what I'm solving right here. Just keep reading.
See Also: How to Choose the Best WordPress Theme?
Where is .htaccess File:-
So once you know what exactly the .htacces file does, now you might proceed to something more practical like How to edit WordPress htaccess file right? But before that, you need to know where is .htaccess file don't you?
The WordPress default htaccess file is located in your Cpanel, under your WordPress Installation. (Don't worry, in the later sections I'm covering How to edit WordPress htaccess file, and there you can checkout the step by step procedure, and it's location! )
How to Edit WordPress htaccess File:-
So yeah if you wondered How to Create and Edit WordPress .htaccess file then this section covers that for you. Not just that, this section will also show you where is .htaccess file located on your server.
So, before you can actually venture into how to change .htaccess file in WordPress, let's first checkout where is .htaccess file located and then we can edit it.
Login to your Cpanel.
Once you do, click on the File Manager option, and on the next popup, select Public_Html directory.
Then, on the next page, click on the blog for which you are trying to edit the WordPress default htaccess file.
Well, you're almost there. Put a bit of pressure on your eyes and you should be able to easily spot out the .htaccess file! (See? I told you I'd answer where is .htaccess file located on WordPress, right?)
Now this is the part you've been waiting for, if you were wondering How to Edit WordPress htaccess File just right click on the file, and select edit.
A new tab will open up with a text like an editor, that is where you can edit your .htaccess file without any fuss!
So yeah that was about it ! Nothing like rocket science there right? But hey wait, you might not always find your .htaccess file in some cases, because they might be hidden!
Well, so I thought why not add a section to explain it out how to show hidden htaccess files, right?
Well in order to do that, just make sure the checkbox that says “show hidden files” when you click on the File Manager is ticked!
Just get it ticked, and you're going to have a smooth sailing!
See Also: How to Install WordPress with cPanel?
Over to You:-
The .htaccess file is of utmost importance to your blog. It might seem like a tiny bit of code but it does miracles and magic when it comes to tweaking your blog for better performance or especially protecting it.
So I'm guessing this piece solved your issues over How to edit WordPress htaccess file right? Oh, I even tried my best to explain to you where is .htaccess file and how to show hidden htaccess files.
But I get it, there still might be couple doubts arising in that curious little mind of yours, guess what I love questions. Make use of the comment box; I'm here for each and every one of them.
How to Use the Pingdom Speed Test Tool?
Site loading speed test is one of the most important tests you could ever perform on your blog if you're serious about it's career. And that's the reason I'm writing this piece on How to Use the Pingdom Speed Test Tool.
Site loading speed is a lot of time confused with a lot of other things. For e.g. most people think “the amount of time taken for a, and that to open” is site speed.
Well, for the users it might be the case. But for Search Engines? Nope, not at all! (I've researched a lot on this exact topic a year back. Hence, all of this is coming through.)
Search Engines takes “site speed” in a very different manner compared to how you or me would judge it, so before getting into the real subject of the article, that's Test Web Loading Speed with Pingdom Tools, let me take you on a ride into some more important, yet unknown small little details. Don't forget to track your visitors and the bounce rate using Google Analytics.
Does Site Speed Affect Search Rankings?
It definitely does. Not directly, but indirectly. (Although some claim it does even directly, but it's not confirmed yet!)
I'm sure the question of “How would Google, an algorithm know how long my site took to load”, right? Well trust me Google right now is a lot more advanced than half the human race combined!
What Site Speed Means for Users and How it Affects Rankings:-
When a user lands on the site, the time taken by the site to load completely is termed as “site speed” by most of us. And well in a general and broader sense, it's correct.
Now it affects rankings as, if a site takes a long time to load, the user would get frustrated and hit the back button (because well, Google has millions of different sites for him), and that's termed as PogoSticking!
Meaning, when a user comes to a site and hits the back button, it's called pogosticking, and it's a negative indicator for Google that the user didn't find what it was looking for.
And for Google, the one thing that matters most, is User Experience. And it does everything in it's power to increase it. So yeah if a user hits the back button, Google would move your result couple places down in the search results.
Because now Google thinks that your site isn't worth being where it is. So see? A poor site speed isn't exactly what you're hunting for. And that's the reason I'll show you how to perform a Site loading speed test.
Before actually getting into the whole How to Use the Pingdom Speed Test Tool thing, let me tell you what Pingdom in itself is.
What is Pingdom?
Pingdom is an automated Pinging tool, a tool that pings your site and gets its results and reports to you.
Not just speed! Pingdom also has the features to:-
- Monitor Uptime: – Meaning, if your site ever goes down. It lets you know.
- Alert Manager: –Well this neatly crafted algorithm sends you an alert message, and it's pretty advanced as it sends messages only to those people who should be receiving it.
For e.g.,. If there's a speed problem, it'll send the message to the guy who's managing your Site speed, and for downtime, it'll send it to the guy managing your Uptime-downtime thing.
See Also: How to Fully Backup My Site?
You can assign the people their roles inside Pingdom! So yeah see the reason for me adding the “advanced” thing in it?
- Page Speed: – This is the tool I suppose you're here for. Well, it's a simple tool that calculates your site speed, shows it to you and not just that also provides suggestions to improve it!
How to Use the Pingdom Speed Test Tool:-
Well, the best thing about Pingdom is that, it's free! Atleast the speed test tool is!
So all you have to do is, head over to the speed test tool from Pingdom. Page.
Once you're there, you'll get a beautifully placed box at the center of the screen. So just enter your SITE URL over there and click on test.
In around 2-3 seconds you'd get the results on the page! Here's how to analyze them:-
- Perf. Grade: – It's the overall performance grade of your URL. The higher it is, the better.
- Requests: – That's the number of server requests your URL did before returning the page. The lower, the better.
- Load Time: – I don't think I need to spell this out for you, but yeah the lower your load time is, the better it is for you.
- Page Size:- Ofcourse you know, the higher the page size is, the longer it would take to load. So well, yeah just reduce the page size.
Well, that's just one box! Telling you all of this. If you scroll down a bit, you'd get a waterfall section. What this section does is, it shows you the exact number of requests, each element of the page consumed!
There's a second tab, that's titled Performance Grade! Well, your page is made up of lot's of different elements, right?
That's a lot of data to work with. You just optimize, improve and analyze your elements and just boost your SERP's with this one site loading speed test!
Server Response Codes: – The third tab, that's the Page Analysis tabs gets you a detailed analysis into the Server response codes of your site!
Well, what it means is, your site is not just your domain, right? A lot of third-party plugins, images, and stuff are used on it. So what it does is, it gets you the response code, performance and resource consumption report of those third-party domains compared to your URL!
I know it sounds complicated, but you'd figure it out once you're on the page. And then, you can probably just delete, (or improve if you want to) the third-party plugins and modules that are consuming a lot of resources.
And to top it all up, there's even a history section! Yeah, it shows you how your site was performing in the past!
Now that's one hell of a thing because it shouts out to me when exactly (along with the date) was my site at it's best. Then I can just go back to the theme, plugin or whatever Optimization I was on back then.
And it would get my site it's speed back, won't it?
So yeah that's a lot of FREE stuff to get your hands on, right? I'm guessing this piece should've answered to your “How to Use the Pingdom Speed Test Tool,” right? Yeah hoped so. Just in case, you wanted to check the wifi speed, here you can see how to test wifi speed?
There are a lot of times when you may need to move your site from one server to another, in that case, before doing anything, it is important to take backup of the website. Here is how to fully backup your site.
But If I still missed something out, feel free to let me know. Or just pour in your thoughts in the comment box!
How to Create Free Cover Images For Your Blog?
There are many professionals and bloggers who are invariably in the search of good and reliable cover images for their products or blogs. I have seen many people searching for the sources which could give them the appropriate collection of the images or the sources to create images for them. If you also want to know How to create free cover images for your blog, then read out this article.
Whenever we make any search on google regarding this query, hundreds of results appears providing the websites for image creation. And needless to say, are all good.
But do you know, these images can be sometimes plagiarized? Like maybe some of the other websites have already used that. Or they are the copyrighted images. And you must know that using a copyrighted image or plagiarized images can get you into a big trouble. The one, you used copyrighted images of, can sue you.
So, to avoid this happening let's learn to create free cover images. Let's check out our today's guide and learn to create free cover images for your blog. Make sure, the image you are going to create should be in jpeg or jpg format as it gives us best quality in less size. Here is how to convert png image to jpg without losing quality.
In today's article, I will make you know some of the best websites that will help you find the free to use images. Also, I will let you know the methods to create the cover images by using the same websites.
How to Create Free Cover Images For Your Blog
Here, I am providing a list of online and offline tools. You can use them to create the official looking images. By using the provided tools, you can easily create the cover images for your blog even if you are not a designer
There is a list of websites which provides free images for websites. I will be sharing some of the best and working tools which will help you creating cover images.
And let me tell you, there is no such procedure or steps that you need to learn in order to create the images. All you will need is just a little knowledge of the websites or the software that help you getting free images for commercial use.
Let's find out what these websites are and how can we use them to get cover images for blogs.
When it comes to creating or editing images, nothing can beat Canva. Canva is one of the best editing tools. One of the easily navigable and easy to use tool it is. To use Canva, there is no additional skill required. Once you open up canva you will need to login via your Google or facebook account or by using your email address.
Once you are logged in, you will need to click on Create a design. As sooner you click on that, you will be provided with various templates.
Select any of them by clicking on it and you will be provided with various options like elements, text, background etc. Simply select the option as per your choice and edit your image accordingly.
With this tool, you can design a professional looking cover images for your blog easily.
PlaceIt is another useful tool that helps you creating images that too in a very short span of time. With PlaceIt, you can create cover images in less than a minute.
To create images with placeIt, you will need to drag and drop a picture of your product or company's website onto one of PlaceIt’s stock images of a mobile device or computer screen. See the image below.
All you will need to click on upload and select the image of your website's logo or product image and adjust to the provided image. You will love this tool once you use it on your own.
If you have already an image created and want to add some additional effects, some objective like arrows, rectangle, text captions etc the Skitch would be the best choice for you.
Skitch isn’t a multidimensional tool for complex photo editing or some cumbersome creation such as an infographic. But definitely, a simple app that does things extremely well and quickly. After Canva and PlaceIt, it is also one of the best editing tools.
Just like above-mentioned tools, Pixlr can also be considered when it comes to creating cover images for the blogs. With Pixlr, it is very easy to customize photos and edit the images.
Pixlr is a free web-based tool for enhancing images. In fact, it doesn't even require any registration. To use Pixlr you don't even have to log in or create an account. Simply go to https://pixlr.com/editor/ and click on CREATE An NEW IMAGE. Or if you already have an existing image saved on your computer click on OPEN IMAGE FROM COMPUTER.
Check the Image below.
As you can see in the above image, you are provided with basically four options. Select any of the as per your need and create the image as your demand.
If you demand an image that contains ore than one picture then without thinking much, you should go for Ribbet. However, it is not very old in the market but is still being loved by many.
This tool allows its users to customize images for their blog posts to infinite levels. In short, for a collage creation or editing photos Ribbet can be considered freely.
Apart from the above-mentioned tools, there are many other too which provides the same facility. Like ImageWell, QuotesCover, Jing, Google Drawings etc. Moreover, there are always some offline tools available like photoshop, CorelDraw, Photoscape, Picasa that are kinda evergreen and can be used to create or edit any kinda images.
Remember there are no such guides which can tell you how to create free cover images for your blog. Because creating images or editing photos depends only on our creativity. Once you have the cover image, it is time to create a logo. Here is how to create your own Logo.
All it requires is a little information about the tools that can help you creating one for you. And as you can see I have provided sufficient knowledge about the tools and websites.
Now use these tools and create cover images for your business and blogs. How do you like our article? Do let us know via the comment section.
How to Watermark Photos?
Plagiarism is making its way into the digital world. With the easy access and publicly visible content, one can easily copy and promote the content under their name. This is why knowing how to watermark photos is going to be one of the most important
So, whether you are a graphics designer or a budding photographer, you need to watermark your pictures or artwork. This will help you to eliminate plagiarism to a great extent. Additionally, if you wish to know how to make a watermark or how to create a watermark then you should prefer searching over the internet, and you may find some of the best solutions out there.
If you are still wondering that what is a watermark then let us tell you that watermark is a faint looking design which is usually placed in a picture to prevent it from unethical and use without the consent of the original owner.
So, in this article, we will tell you how to watermark a picture? We have subdivided this article into 3 different methods which will provide you a comprehensive and elaborative way through the processes.
Do you have old photographs that you want to keep it for always? Here is something really useful for you. See how to scan and digitalize old photos.
How to watermark photos?
Method 1: Using Photoshop.
If you need to watermark photos, then using Photoshop can be the best native method. It is very powerful photo editing software.
Step #1: In this very first step, you need to open Photoshop application on your system. For this, you need to double click on Photoshop icon, and this will open the application for you. Now, you can certainly proceed with the next steps.
Step #2: Now, you need to open the picture to which you wish to add the watermark. To do so, all that you need is to click on “File” tab which is positioned at the top left corner of the Photoshop window. Once you have clicked on the same, then a menu will open for you. From the menu, you need to select open and then select the desired file from the source drive.
Step #3: Now, you also need to open the logo file which you wish to use as a watermark. If you wish the extract the logo image from another larger image, then you should consider using lasso tool. Once you are done extracting the same then, all that you need is to save the picture file. We will make use of this file as the watermark.
Step #4: In this step, you are required to place your logo file. You can do this by clicking on “File” and then from the subsequent menu which appears after clicking “File” you need to select “Place”. After this, you will be prompted to select your file. Just select the logo file which you have saved in Step #3.
Now, resize the logo file to whatever dimensions you want. Also, find a suitable place to position it. You can align it right, left or in the center also. Do not forget to adjust the opacity of the logo file.
Once you are done with all these, then click on the “Right” icon positioned at the top bar. This will place the watermark logo for you.
Step #5: As the last step, you require saving the file. For this, you need to click on “File” and then select the “Save for web” option. Now, from the subsequent window which follows up, select the file format like “PNG-24”, “PNG”, or “JPEG” or others. Once, you are done with all the mentioned then you need to save it by clicking on the “Save” button.
Alternatively, you can also have a text-based watermark also.
Method 2: Using Picasa.
If you are not aware of what “Picasa” is? Then let us tell you that Picasa is an image organizer, image viewer, and a basic photo editing tool which is developed and marketed by Google. You can make use of it to add watermark to photo. In this section, we will show you how you can add a watermark to your image using Picasa.
Step #1: As the very first step, you need to open the Picasa application on your system. In case if you do not have Picasa application on your system then you should consider downloading and installing it. Else there is no other way round.
The moment you have the Picasa application open in front of you, then you can proceed to the next step.
Step #2: Now, you need to upload the photos to the Picasa album. Once you have uploaded the photos, then you need to select the photos which you want to watermark.
Alternatively, you can also add photos by navigating through the file tab and then selecting “Add file to Picasa”.
If you wish to select more than one photo, then do not forget to press shift while selecting the desired. Once you have selected the same then, you need to click on export button.
Step #3: Remember that, you can only add text as a watermark in your pictures. So, to add the text you need to click on the “Text” option at the left pane of the window. Clicking on it will show a text box in which you can type the text which you wish to appear as “Watermark.” You can play with the opacity and color of your watermark along with the position of it. You can even expand and re-size it.
Once you are done with all these, then you require clicking on “Apply” button. This way you can easily add a text watermark in your pictures.
If you have some photos on iPhone that you wanted to hide, here is how you can hide photos on iPhone.
Method 3: Using web-based online services.
If you will go through the internet for such online watermarking services, then you will encounter a plethora of them. You can make use of them to watermark your pictures as they are very efficient for the purpose. For your ease and convenience, we will be listing some of such services.
These online watermark services are extremely easy to use and by using them you can watermark your images very easily. You can add text or images as the watermark.
Let’s wrap it up.
This let’s wrap it up section brings us to the end of this tutorial cum guide on “ How to watermark photos? ” We hope that we were efficient enough to satisfy your curiosity about this topic. For all the Instagram users, here is how you can save Instagram photos on your phone.
We firmly believe that we have left no stone unturned while getting into the nitty gritty of the topic and making you understand the entire concept of it. But if you still have any query regarding watermarking photos then feel free to drop your query via comments below. We will try our level best to resolve that.
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Thank you for passing by and giving it a read.
How to Add a PayPal Donate Button to your Website
Do you run a Non-Profit Organization? or Do you want a donation for your project? If yes, then this article will be of great help for you. Using the methods described here, you will be able to add a donate button PayPal to your website.
Additionally, if you want to add a PayPal buy now button to your website then you can also do the same by following the method.
So, without wasting any time further, let's get started with the article on “How to add a PayPal donate button to your website?”
How to add a PayPal donate button to your website?
Step #1: As the first step, you need to visit www.paypal.com and log on to your PayPal account using the corresponding credentials. Just in case, if you do not have a PayPal account as without having one, you won’t be able to add a PayPal button to your website. So, make sure to be equipped with one before proceeding further.
Just for the sake of information, if you want to create a PayPal account then you need to click on join button. After this, you will have to follow the onscreen instructions. In a new PayPal account, you may need to know how to add money to PayPal.
Step #2: So, by now we assume that you are equipped with a PayPal account and have logged onto it. From the PayPal dashboard, you now need to navigate to the “Merchant Services” tab. Once you have found the same, then you now need to click on it.
Since it seems like PayPal has changed its interface, you may have a hard time finding “merchant services” option. So, you can directly follow the following link which can be found through the sitemap.
Always remember that for this, you are required to have a business PayPal account.
From the following window, you are required to scroll down a bit for “PayPal Website Payments Standard.” Once you have found the same then, you need to click on it.
Step #3: The recent activity of yours will land you to a plethora of options. If you are looking to add “Buy Now” sort of buttons to your website, then you can click on the corresponding option. After this, you can follow the onscreen instructions to complete the process.
However, if you are looking to add a donation button, then you should consider looking for the “Donations” link. You need to click on it in order to start the process of integrating it into the website. Also, rest of the steps will tell you about the processes required for adding a donate now button on your site.
Step #4: To directly jump to this step, you can click on this link.
In this step, you will be prompted to enter the details relating to your organization. You will first have to choose the button type which will be by default “Donations”. After this, you will have to provide your organization name or the service name. If you are equipped with the Donation ID, then you can enter the same in the subsequent field. However, this is optional.
On the same page, you will see an option as “Customize text or appearance.” As the name suggests, you can click on it in order to customize the appearance of your buttons. Like, if you want to display the credit card buttons along with your Donate now button then you can mark the check box next to which “Display Credit Card Logos” is written. Also, you can select the country and language for the button.
Apart from this, you will have to choose the currency by clicking on the button just below the “Currency” text.
However, all the options to customize the buttons are optional, and you can also add your custom made button. For this, you just have to enter the URL of the image of the button and your work will be done.
After, doing all the mentioned, you will have to choose the “Contribution Amount.” For this, you will be provided with two options. The first one being that you can set a particular amount, and this means that the donor cannot send a large or a small amount other than the fixed price.
On the other hand, the other option includes that the donor can enter their contribution. Go for the one whichever suits your need and proceed forward.
Step #5: After doing all the needful as mentioned in step #4, you now have to scroll down a bit for further options. Now, you have to choose the Merchant Account ID. Yet again, you are provided with two options. You can go for either one of them whichever you found yourself comfortable with.
Now, if you want to save the button and its preferences for future use, then you can consider moving onto step 2 on the window. However, if you are not up with it, then you can certainly jump on to step 3.
If you have to customize advanced features then also, you will have to look onto step 3. Using this step, you can customize your page for the exception when a user cancels the donation, or you want your button to be on a specific page.
Step #6: After successfully completing the previous steps, all that you require doing is to click on the “Create Button.” This will direct you to a page where you will be provided with two kinds of codes. One is for using it on your websites, and the other one is for using it on your email.
To use website code, you will have to copy the code and place it into the code of your website. For this, you can ask your designer, or you can simply do it yourself. All that you require doing is to paste the code where you want it to be displayed. That’s it; you now have a donation button on your website. Kudos.
So, this was all about adding a PayPal donate button to your website. We hope that by making use of the methods specified here in this article, you will be able to know “How to add a PayPal payment button to your website?”
PayPal is the easiest and the convenient way to send and receive offshore as well as local money from different merchants. If you are really new into the PayPal, you should see how to use PayPal for sending and receiving money.
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