We see donation buttons on the internet all the time, from Wikipedia to WordPress plugin sites. This feature is very helpful especially if you are looking to fund for projects or raise awareness. Recently, I discovered a cool tool called Ko-fi and in this week’s tutorial, I am going to show you how to create donation on a website in just a few simple steps.
What Is Ko-fi?
Ko-fi is a little online gadget created by Nigel Pickles that enables readers to donate to your website through a link. Interestingly, this link comes in the form of a button that reads “Buy Me a Coffee” and I think it’s a nice way to ask for donation without being too obvious about it.
How to Create Donation on a Website with Ko-fi?
First thing first, you need to set up a PayPal account because the donation will be directed to there. Using the same email address, go over to Ko-fi.com to key in the details as follow.
You can customize your request and change the color of the button. When creating the button, you have two options of publishing – share the donation link on social media/email OR copy the HTML code and paste is on your website such as WordPress or Squarespace.
The button will then be shown on the front end of your web page. When someone clicks on it, it will bring them to a message board where they are given the option to send you a personal message.
When they click on ‘Buy’, it would lead them to a PayPal page for them to complete their payment. As you can see in the example below, it only costs $2 for readers to ‘buy you’ a cup of coffee.
And that’s how you create a donation button with Ko-fi. Simple isn’t it 🙂
How Much Does It Cost?
Ko-fi is a free tool to use. Whenever someone donate $2, you get a full sum and Ko-fi does not take any cut from it.
What Other Donation Button Can You Use?
Alternatively, if you already have a PayPal account, you can actually use their famous ‘Donation’ button which is available at the merchant services. I am pretty sure you have seen those yellow buttons around. Well, it works just the same way; embed the codes on your site, just like the Ko-fi button.
Another way is to use a WordPress plugin called “Support My Work”. It is more customizable and links to a PayPal payment gateway. And oh, if you don’t like coffee, there’s also another plugin called “Buy Me a Beer”. However, it was last updated in 2013 so I would recommend that you test it out first before using it on your site.
What Can Donation Button Be Used For?
Donation buttons can be used for a lot of charitable ideas. Out of curiosity, I checked out Google Suggest and found that many people are looking for donations in these situations.
Of course, you aren’t just limited to these ideas. Here are other things that can benefit from a donation button as well.
- Animal rescue work
- The homeless
- Project crowdfunding
- Library work
- Orphanage homes
- School events
However, if you are running a bigger project campaign and need bigger funds (more than just $2), I would suggest you check out how to do fundraising with Indiegogo. That platform will allow you to give something back to people in exchange for their donations.
How Effective Is a Donation Button?
Well, that really depends on the cause of donation and how good you are at reaching out to your audience. Simply asking people to click a donate button will not work unless you provide good information that gives them a reason to trust your work.
For example, if you are asking for donations for animal rescue related work, then you should write a blog that describes the timeline of your progress and show some success stories so that readers know you are committed to the cause.
In addition, if you share your blog post frequently on social media, you can give your blog more exposure and get more people to respond to the donation button.
So, What Is The Difference That You Want to Make?
Having some extra money can make a lot of difference in a cause that you want to support. You can use it to buy a lot of coffee, grow a community or simply put smiles on other people’s life 🙂 What are the things that you think can be improved with these donations?
Create a website and blog about it. If you don’t know how to set up one, head over to the SiteRubix platform and I’ll walk you through the process.
Do you have any thoughts or questions about how to create donation on a website? Feel free to leave your comment below and I’ll get back to you.