If you’re looking for an easier way to collect donations on your blog, I will show you how to use WPForms Donation form templates to collect payments on your website.

For many website owners and nonprofit organizations, the simplest way to accept donations is to add a PayPal donate button to their website.

This is because PayPal is one of the most widely used and accepted online means of payment.

However, PayPal payment is not the best option for everyone shopping online. For website owners, organizations, and nonprofit websites, the PayPal donate button has many limitations.

There is other useful information you may want to collect from donors while making payment on your website:

  • You may want to know more about your donor.
  • Customize the donate form fields.
  • Integrate with other payment processors.
  • Increase duel time by keeping donors on your website.
  • Give donors the choice of subscribing to your mailing list
  • Run Survey
  • Get Feedback. And more

And for those living in a country where PayPal is unavailable, accepting donations from other payment processors is the choice.

So, in this article, I want to show you how to create custom WordPress forms that accept user donations. 

You’ll be able to receive payment from PayPal, Stripe, and Authorize.NET.

It doesn’t matter whether it’s a nonprofit organization, church, mosque, blog, business website, etc…

Anyone can use it on their website to receive donations from users. 

Creating a Custom Donations Form in Minutes

WordPress is beautiful; the developer’s community even makes it better. There are thousands of WordPress plugins to make your WordPress blog your own. 

WordPress plugins make adding more functionalities and features to your WordPress blog easy. Whatever your blog features or demands, you only need to search for the right plugin.

WPForms is a WordPress plugin that lets you add customized WPForms donation forms to your blog. With WPforms, you can integrate other payment processors into your forms, including PayPal.

Syed Balkhi, the founder of WPBeginner, created WPForms as a premium multipurpose contact form plugin.

You can use WPForms for almost any type of contact form use.

Whether it’s a simple contact form, request form, accident report form, conversational form, billing, order form, newsletter signup form, suggestion form, etc…

Whatever your contact form needs, WPForms makes it easy to achieve.

So, in this article, we’re going to learn how to create a WPForms Donation form in minutes that integrates with payment options like Stripe, PayPal, and Authorize .NET

Let’s get started…

Step 1: Installing the WPForms Plugin

The first step you need to take is to install the WPForms Pro or Elite plugin on your blog.

Though WPForms has a free version you can always install and use on your WordPress blog, the functions, and features to add the WPForms Donation form are only included in the premium pro or elite plugin.

So, you need to buy the WPForms Pro or Elite plugin from the official website, download, install, and activate it on your website.

After the installation, you must enter your license key in the required field.

Go to the WPForm website and log in with your account credentials.

You’ll find your account license key on the account overview tab page by clicking on the link.

WPForms user account dashboard

To enter your license key in the required field, go to WPForms in your WordPress admin area and click on settings from the list.

Enter your license key in the empty field area on the next page.

Don’t forget to scroll down the page to click on “Save Settings”

WPForms account license key settings page

That’s it”

Your WPForms Pro plugin fully has premium functionalities, add-ons, and updates.

If you don’t already have WPForms Premium Plugin, purchase it from this link at an affordable price today only.

Step 2: Installing Payments Addons

Now that the WPForms premium plugin has been installed on your WordPress blog, you must install the payment addons.

In the WPForms Pro plugin, you can install the PayPal and Stripe add-ons, while the WPForms Elite Plugin comes with Authorize.net, PayPal, and Stripe payment add-ons.

You can download and install the addons from your WordPress admin or via the WPForms website through your user account dashboard.

To download via your account dashboard, log in to your WPForms account and click on the download tab. Then scroll down the page to locate the addons.

The quicker and easiest way to download the WPforms add-ons is via your WordPress admin area.

Click on WPForms from the admin menu area, then click “add-ons.” Locate the addon you want to install and click on the “Install Add-on” button next to it.

Depending on your WPForms Premium plugin plan, some addons might not be available on the page.

If you want access to all the premium WPForms addons, then the WPForms Elite Plugin plan is the right choice.

You don’t need further action to activate the Payment add-ons and the WPforms plugin.

Once you click the “Installed Addon” button, WPForms automatically installs and activates the Payments addons.

Step 3: Create Your WPForms Donation Forms

Now, we have everything ready to create our WPForms Donation form.

So, let’s get to work creating our WPForms Donation form that collects payment from Stripe, PayPal, and Authorize.NET

On your WordPress admin menu list, hover your mouse on WPForms, then click on “Add New”.

Add new WPForms menu list

On the next page that opens, select the “Donation Form” to get started on a prebuilt form template.

WPForms Donation Form templates

You’ll be greeted with this pop-up dialog box that says:

Don’t Forget

Click the payment tab to configure your payment provider.

WPForms Pop up box

Simply click the “CLOSE” button to continue with your WPForms Donation form customization. You’ll get to the payment provider configuration set up later.

Let’s focus on customizing your donation form to fulfill your website needs.

Step 4: WPForms Donation Form Customization

The default WPforms Donation form field includes fields for:

  • Name – First name and Last Name
  • Email
  • Donation amount
  • Comments or Message
WPForms Donation Form Preview Panel

These fields are required by default. So, users must complete the information to make their donation go through.

You can add to the fields if your business requires more user information before donating.

With the WPForms Pro Plugin, you can request a donor’s phone number, address, website URL, file upload, date and time, etc.

Though not all the options on the settings field panel will be relevant to your WPForms Donation form, only select what will help your site users.

WPForms Settings Page

The WPForms Donation amount field is a user-defined field that lets donors type in the desired amount to donate.

You can set it to a single item where the user can only donate a predefined amount. Or you can set up multiple amount fields.

This will allow donors to choose from a set of amounts to donate.

To set up multiple donation amounts, click on the fields on the WPForms settings panel. Under the Payment Fileds option, drag the “Multiple Items” to the form field.

WPforms Settings page adding multiple Items

You’ll need to input the donation amount you want. To do this, click the Multiple Item field in the form preview panel.

You can change the label name from Multiple Items to your desired name. Something that will help your users quickly understand what the options are meant for.

Next, you need to enter the amount you want users to donate. When you’re done entering the amount, enter an optional field letting users decide what they want to donate.

This field is optional, if you give users the option to enter an amount of their own, you need to edit the default WPForms Donation amount field.

Donation Amount Field

Click on the Donation Amount field to edit the settings. Unchecked the “Required” check box. If you don’t do this, it will prevent users from entering their choice of donation amount.

User Defined Field in WPForms

The next step is to enable the condition that makes the “Enter Amount” field appear for users.

On the same settings page, scroll down a bit to locate the conditional logic feature. Check the box next to it, and define your settings.

Select the option that says, “Show this field if Multiple Item is Enter Amount.”

Enable Conditional Logic in WPForms

Now, you’re done with customizing your WPForms Donation form. The next step is to set up payment options to collect donations on your website.

Step 5: Payment Integrations

Your WPForms Donation form is incomplete until you integrate it with your payment processor.

WPForms Pro plugin allows you to integrate with either PayPal or Stripe. If your business requires Authorize.NET integration, the WPForms Elite Plugin is what you need.

For this WPForms Donation tutorial, I’m using the WPForms Pro plugin. So, you will only see the PayPal or Stripe features here.

Click on the Payment tab from the WPForms setting panel. Then select your payment processor from the list.

I will be using PayPal for this tutorial.

Payments Settings in WPForms - Stripe and PayPal

At this stage, you should have the PayPal or Stripe add-ons installed. If not, this won’t work.

Assuming you already have the payment addons installed, the settings page will resemble what you have above.

Click on the PayPal Standard option to reveal the drag-and-drop form preview panel.

Next, check the “Enable PayPal Standard Payments” box on the page. After that, enter your PayPal email address that will receive the donations.

PayPal Standard Field in WPForms

In the Payment type label, select “Donation” from the drop-down.

In the cancel URL field, you can enter any URL you send users to for engagements or other purposes.

This is an opportunity to engage users who didn’t complete the donation and get them to take certain actions like joining your mailing list, visiting a blog post, following you on social media, taking a survey, getting feedback, etc.

The conditional logic setting is not required here since this is a simple donation form. Things are clearly laid out, so we need to define an element’s condition.

Remember to click the save button when you’re done with the settings.

Step 6: Adding Your WPForms Donation Form to a Page

Your WPForms donation form is ready, now the world is waiting to send you money. You must make the donation form visible on your blog pages or post.

How do you do that?

It’s simple and easy to complete, especially with the WordPress Block editor.

Whether creating a new WordPress page/post or modifying an existing post/page to display your donation form, the process is the same and simple.

On your WordPress block editor, click on the + sign and type in WPForms into the “search for block” field.

Gift video showing how to create web forms in WordPress with WPForms

Click WPForms from the result, then select the donation form you’ve just created from the dropdown menu.

Your newly created WPForms Donation form is now live on your post or page. You can preview it before publishing the post.

You can add the donation form to any part of the blog. Either it is the sidebar, post, pages, or footer section.

Step 7: Email Notification Messages

It is important that donors receive email notifications of their payments. This will help show appreciation and payment confirmation.

To customize the email message users receive, click on settings and notifications on the WPforms settings page.

You’ll see the default email notification message sent to the WordPress admin. Now, you need to create a separate email notification that will be sent to donors when a payment is made.

Click on “Add New Notification” on the page.

A dialog box will open where you must enter a name for your email notification message.

Pop Box in WPForms

On the email preview panel, and next to the “Send to email address” field, click “show smart tag.” It will reveal a list of menus; click the email option. It will reveal a smart tag id {field_id=”1″}.

This smart tag ID will be used to get the donor’s email address and email them each time a donation is made.

Conclusion…

Creating a WPForms donation form that accepts payment from your blog isn’t rocket science.

Actually, there are many ways to create a donation form in WordPress, WPForms makes it easier to start and complete the process even if you’re a beginner WordPress user.

I hope you’ve learned how to create a custom WPForms Donation Form that integrates with PayPal and Stripe.

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8 Comments

  1. Hey SHAMSUDEEN,

    Really this is a headache to me while creating Wpform. after I saw this I got some idea about it. now my mind is so free the greatest thanks to you.

    1. Hi, Jones,

      Glad to read you get some ideas from reading through this post. Thanks.

  2. Hi Shamsudeen,
    I’ve been looking for such article, there’s a lot of video tutorials that I can’t get a hold of, following and pausing at each step is very hassle for me, so I prefer blog type tutorials with Images, It’s good that you’ve also provided some snaps on the steps, you’ve provided such a great help.

    Thank you so much,
    Chris

  3. Great post Shamsudeen. It was very difficult to create WPForm. This post helps me a lot to create it very quickly. Thank you for sharing.

  4. Thanks for sharing such beautiful information with us. I hope you will share some more info about how to create a wp forms donation form

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