Oct 28, 2022 2 min read

How To Add Paypal As an Option in the Tip Jar on Your Ghost Site

Painting of astronaut holding cash in space

This is the quick and easy way to let readers give a tip or donation to your Ghost site via Paypal.

Outpost allows you to accept tips and donations through PayPal on your Ghost site. As with Stripe, Outpost does not take any percentages from your tips; they're all yours.

To add Paypal as an option in your Tip Jar, log into your PayPal, then go to Paypal Buttons to create a button. You can just accept the defaults, or you can add a logo, suggested donation levels, etc. We do not recommend adding URLs for where to take people when they have donated or cancel out. Outpost handles that. When done, test your button URL to make sure it looks how you like it.

Then add that URL to your account by going to https://admin.outpost.pub, logging in, then go to Account -> Integrations:

Screenshot of Account dropdown with Integrations circled

In the Paypal option, add in your link, and hit SAVE. Your PayPal donation link will then be auto-added as an option in your Tip Jar.

Screenshot of PayPal Tip Button Integration in Account settings

One big thing to note: due to how this integration works, Outpost does not see the Paypal donation, so that means we can't show a thank-you message and a thank-you note like we do with donations sent through Stripe.

So if you get an email from Paypal telling you about a donation, we strongly recommend you write a quick thank-you note yourself.

That also means that we can't add the label "gave a donation" to the member profile in Ghost, as we do with Stripe donations. We recommend we do this manually as well.

We have plans to integrate more closely very soon, so that we can show thank you messages online, send a thank-you note, and label members. We'll also then integrate that into Outpost reports.

Til then, just enjoy another channel for readers to support your work, and send that quick thank you.

You can add links to your Tip Jar to your Ghost site's homepage, in your posts, and in your emails. Learn how to do that here.

To learn more about Outpost or to get the Paypal/Stripe Tip Jar for your own Ghost site, visit our homepage or just start your free, no credit-card-required free 21-day Outpost free trial.

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Ryan Singel
Ryan Singel
Ryan Singel is the co-founder of Outpost. He's a former journalist for Wired, the co-founder of online recommendation company Contextly, and a Fellow at Stanford's Center for Internet and Society.
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