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How to Add a Bitcoin Donate Button in WordPress using BitPay..

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Bitcoin is quickly becoming a popular way to
accept online payments. It is fast, digital,
and cost-effective. Due to the tremendous
increase in the Bitcoin value, it has caught
the attention of mainstream media.
In this article, we will show you to add a
Bitcoin donate button in WordPress using
BitPay. This button could replace or go right
next to your PayPal donate button offering
your visitors an alternative way to make
payments while saving you money on
transactions.

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What is BitCoin and BitPay?

BitCoin is a peer-to-peer, digital currency
which was introduced as an Open Source
software in 2009. It is completely digital,
which means it is stored and exchanged
online. However, it does not mean you can’t
get it exchanged into paper currency of
your choice. It is called peer-to-peer
currency because there is no regulatory
authority or bank involved in the currency
exchange. At the time of writing this
article, 1 Bitcoin valued $644 USD.
BitPay is an electronic payment processing
system for the Bitcoin currency. It allows
merchants to easily accept and process
payments in Bitcoins. Think of Bitcoin as US
dollar and Bitpay as Mastercard, Visa, or
PayPal. When a users pays you in Bitcoins,
you can get those Bitcoins into your wallet
or get them exchanged in your local
currency and transferred to your bank
account.

Getting Started with Bitcoins

BitPay allows you to get your Bitcoin
payments in your local currency. But if you
would like to receive your payments in
Bitcoins, then you will need a Wallet. A
Bitcoin wallet is a software installed on your
computer where you store your digital
currency. There are a number of options
available for desktop, mobile, and web
services. We recommend using
Blockchain.info which provides an easy web
based
app that works on any device.
Blockchain.info a web based Bitcoin Wallet
Once you have created your wallet, you will
be able to receive payments in Bitcoins from
Bitpay in your wallet.

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Adding a Bitcoin Donate Button Using BitPay

First thing you need to do is sign up for a
free account on BitPay. After the sign up,
your application will be reviewed and
approved within a few hours. You will get an
approval notification by email. Once
approved, you need to visit the BitPay
website again and set up your password
along with other account details.
On your BitPay dashboard, you need to click
on Accept Bitcoins link from the top menu.
It will open a page showing you different
solutions, but you need to click on
e-commerce.

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Accept Bitcoin – e-commerce

On the e-commerce payments screen, you
will be shown a number of options. You need
to click on Accept Donations button.

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Accept donations

The next screen will show you options to
configure the donate button settings. The
first option is to decide whether you would
like the donors to enter the amount, or you
want to use a fixed donation amount. If you
choose ‘Donor Chosen Amount’, then your
Bitcoin donate button will appear with a
form that the donors will have to fill to
donate.
If you choose the fixed donation amount,
then the donate button settings page will
display additional fields. You can enter the
fixed amount for the donations, choose
currency, and add description.

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Generating a donate button on BitPay

Under the payment notifications settings,
you can enter the URL of a page on your
WordPress site where users you will be
redirected after they have made the
payment. Usually this page is a thank you
page that you can create in your WordPress.
You can also add an email address where you
would like to be notified when a user makes
a donation.
Once you are done setting up your Bitcoin
donate button, you need to click on the
Generate button. This will generate your
Bitcoin donate button code with three
button size choices. You can choose from a
small, medium, or large button by clicking
on it.

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Choose your Bitcoin donate button size
After that you need to copy the displayed
code and paste it in a text editor like
Notepad because you will need this code in
the next step.
Displaying Bitcoin Donate Button in Your
WordPress Posts or Pages

The code generated by BitPay is an HTML
form and if you insert it in your blog post,
there is a good chance that it will not be
handled well by the WordPress post editor
when it sanitizes the content. This is why
you would need to create a shortcode to add
the button in your posts, pages, or widgets.
To do that simply copy and paste this code in
your theme’s functions.php file or in a site-
specific plugin.

01 function wpb_bitpay_donate() {
02
03 ob_start();
04 ?>
05
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To display the donate button, all you need to
do is add [bitpaydonate] shortcode in your
post, pages, or widgets.
That’s all. You can now receive Bitcoin
donations. You can keep them as Bitcoins in
your wallet, or get them converted into your
local currency and deposited into your bank
account using BitPay. If you are keeping
your Bitcoins in your wallet, then make sure
that you understand the risks and always
backup your wallet.
We hope this article helped you add a
Bitcoin donate button on your WordPress
site using BitPay. For questions and
feedback, you can leave us a comment
below. Let us know what do you think about
Bitcoin and it’s future as a digital currency?

KeithM..

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1 Comment on “How to Add a Bitcoin Donate Button in WordPress using BitPay..

  1. Very good Tut guys, if I ever choose to use this currency I will come back to this post, my site doesn’t take any form of money at the moment.

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