How to Create a Custom Paypal Link with your own Text or Image

Post written by David Wells
On Friday, July 6th, 2012

I’ve been working on a number of service pages for the revamped services section that is launching soon and was in need of a way to manually insert paypal buy now buttons with my own text and style.

The default “Buy Now” paypal image buttons that paypal gave shown below, didn’t fit my needs.
So I created a custom paypal link to use in my pricing panel. =)

Step By Step Tutorial on How to Create the Custom Paypal link

1. Login to Paypal

Click on Merchant Services

Click create payment buttons for your website

2. Enter the item details

I’m selling this example item for 1 million dollars if you are interested.

3. Grab the default Form Code

Copy and paste this code into a text editor to grab the value from the hosted_button_id field. This is what you will insert onto the end of this link: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=YOURHOSTEDBUTTONIDHERE

So for example:  grab the hosted_button_id (68UGCQP8W6S2W) seen on line 3 here:

[html highlight=”3″] <form action="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr" method="post"><input type="hidden" name="cmd" value="_s-xclick" />
<input type="hidden" name="hosted_button_id" value="68UGCQP8W6S2W" />
<input type="image" name="submit" src="https://www.paypalobjects.com/en_US/i/btn/btn_buynowCC_LG.gif" alt="PayPal – The safer, easier way to pay online!" />
<img src="https://www.paypalobjects.com/en_US/i/scr/pixel.gif" alt="" width="1" height="1" border="0" /></form>
[/html]

And paste that id onto the end of the link below.

[html]<a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=XGXV8Y62Q4LQ8">Buy Now</a>[/html]

You can use this custom link with your own graphic or just a regular text link.

That simple. Enjoy!

About the Author:
David is Founder of Inbound Now and a Fanatical WordPress Designer & Developer. He believes that the internet is a magical place where wonderful things can happen. Say hi to him @DavidWells

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