If you want to accept donations through your WordPress website, then the free Give plugin provides an easy way to do so. Not only that, but this plugin allows you to keep 100% of the donations you receive.
Another benefit of using this plugin, as opposed to integrating with a third party service, is that you own all of the data covering each donation. As the free version of this plugin supports both PayPal and offline donations, it gives your visitors a good range of options for how they can give to your cause.
Give is very easy to use, and both the back end admin pages, and the forms the plugin generates are professionally designed and rendered. In fact, as Give has been based on the popular Easy Digital Downloads, any users familiar with that ecommerce plugin should know what to expect in terms of features and usability.
Give is a very flexible plugin and the settings allow you to choose whether to only allow your visitors to donate a fixed amount, or enter a sum of their choosing. You can also create multi-level donations to encourage more generosity from your supporters.
Forms can be inserted into your posts and pages using a shortcode, displayed as a widget, or published on a stand-alone landing page. The Give demo page makes it easy to see just what this plugin can do and what it will look like on your WordPress website.
For those with more demanding requirements, or who just want to show their support for the developers, there are a number of premium add-ons available. These include support for additional payment gateways, recurring donations, and a custom form field manager.
How to Accept Donations with the Give Plugin
As the give plugin is free to use, it can be installed on your site directly from the WordPress plugin directory.
To do so, log into your site’s admin area (http://yoursite.com/wp-login.php) and then navigate to Plugins > Add New using the sidebar menu.
From the Add Plugins screen, enter ‘Give’ in the search field, and then install the first item listed in the results.
Once the plugin has been installed and activated, you can start using it from the newly added Donations sidebar menu item.
The plugin features a handy getting started guide that walks you through the four main steps of adding the ability to accept donations to your WordPress website. However, the process simply involves setting the donation amounts, customizing the form appearance, and then inserting the form into your posts or pages, or displaying it as a widget in the sidebar of your website.
Through the plugin settings pages, you can: select your default currency; which payment gateways to enable and how they should be configured; and personalize the donation email receipt template.
Give is an easy to use donations plugin for WordPress. Furthermore, the plugin is well supported and documented, with lots of information available for developers who want to customize the functionality of this tool.
If you have any questions about this plugin, or working with WordPress in general, please leave a comment below.