Create an Installment Plan button

Learn how to create an Installment Plan button by using the Create a PayPal payment button page.

1. Required Open the PayPal button creation page.
2. Required Enter payment details.
3. Required Enter Installment Plan information.
4. Optional Customize button text and appearance.

Open the PayPal button creation page

  1. Log in to your PayPal Business or Premier account at paypal.com.

    Your PayPal account Summary page opens.

  2. At the top of the page, select Tools, and then All Tools.

  3. Scroll to PayPal buttons and click Open.

    The Make a PayPal Button page opens.

    Tip: To add PayPal buttons to your Tools menu, click the Payment buttons heart on the All Tools page.

  4. Click Select button for the type of button you want to create.

    The Create PayPal payment button page opens and displays the button's configuration options.

Enter payment details

  1. In Item name, enter the name of the item or service that you want to sell.

  2. (Optional) If you assign tracking numbers to your products or you want PayPal to track inventory levels, enter a unique inventory ID or tracking number in Installment Plan ID.

  3. To change the default currency, click a different currency from the Currency drop-down menu.

    The default currency is listed in your Profile, under My Money and PayPal balance.

Enter installment plan information

With Installment Plan buttons, you can offer buyers one or more plan options with a single button. For any plan option, the first payment can be collected at checkout or deferred. Plan options can have up to 4 payments of equal or varying amounts.

After buyers agree to a plan option during checkout, PayPal makes the payments automatically on the schedule you set. All payments must be made within one year of checkout. You can include tax and shipping in the total amount, but do not include interest.

To allow a customer to pay in full:

  1. Click Set up your button, leave Pay in full checked.

    In general, use this option if you want to offer more than one plan option with your button.

  2. (Optional) In Description, enter a short description of the plan option. For example, you might enter: Pay in full.

  3. In Amount, enter the full amount that PayPal collects at checkout for your item. The total payment on other plan options must be the same amount.

  4. (Optional) Click Add a field for messages to your customer to enter a message beneath the payment button. For example, you might enter: Paid in full. Thank you!

  5. Click Done to view the button in Your customer's view.

  6. To offer more installment plan options, click Add another Installment Plan.

  7. To display the buyer's installment plan choices on the right side of your webpage, leave Show total amount in my customer's view checked.

To let a customer pay equal payments at regular intervals:

  1. Leave Offer equal installments at regular intervals checked. (Default)

    PayPal can collect the first payment at checkout or at a later time. The first payment can have a different amount than the other payments.

  2. (Optional) In Description, enter a short description of the plan option. For example, you might enter: Pay in full.

  3. Under Bill Every, set the interval between payments. For example, you might select 1 and month(s).

  4. Under Start Payments, select At Checkout to collect the first payment at checkout. Or, select After and then select how long to defer the first payment. For example, you might select 3 and month(s).

  5. Enter the amount for the payments in Amount and select the number Cycles.

  6. Click Done to view the button in Your customer's view.

  7. To offer more installment plan options, click Add another Installment Plan.

  8. To display the buyer's installment plan choices on the right side of your webpage, leave Show total amount in my customer's view checked.

To let a customer pay a variable payment at irregular intervals:

  1. Click Offer variable installments at irregular intervals.

    PayPal always collects the first payment at checkout. The remaining payments can have their own intervals and amounts.

  2. (Optional) In Description, enter a short description of the plan option. For example, you might enter: Pay in 4 installments.

  3. Under Frequency of payments, select days, weeks, or months.

  4. In row 1, enter the amount PayPal collects at checkout.

  5. In rows 2-4, enter amounts for the remaining payments and select how long after checkout PayPal collects them.

  6. Click Done to view the button in Your customer's view.

  7. To offer more installment plan options, click Add another Installment Plan.

  8. To display the buyer's installment plan choices on the right side of your webpage, leave Show total amount in my customer's view checked.

Note: If you're satisfied with your button, you can stop here. Click Create Button to generate the HTML code snippet for your button. For detailed steps, see Copy and paste button code.

Customize the button text and appearance

You can change the appearance and text of the default PayPal button or you can enter a URL to use your own button image.

To customize the button appearance:

  1. Click Customize text or appearance.

  2. To use a smaller version of the default PayPal button, click Use smaller button.

  3. By default, credit card logos are displayed beneath the payment button. To hide the logos, uncheck Display credit card logos.

    Note: This option is not applicable to Add to Cart buttons.

  4. To change the default language, click the Country and language for button menu and select a country and language. If you change the country and language, verify that Currency is set appropriately.

    The default language is specified in Preferred language, under My Settings in your Profile.

  5. To use your own button (not hosted by PayPal), select Use your own button image and then enter the URL of your button image. If your image is hosted on an SSL-secured server, change the text box to begin with https://.

Associate transactions with your PayPal account

By default, transactions from your payment button are associated with your PayPal merchant ID. To associate transactions to an email address instead, click Use my primary email address. If your Profile contains multiple email addresses, click the address to use as the primary email address for this button.

For example, you might select the email address of the person in your organization who handles order fulfillment or accounting. All payments are deposited to your PayPal account balance, regardless of which email address is selected. However, only the selected email address will receive the email payment notifications.

Tip: PayPal recommends using the default option so that your email address will not be exposed within the button code.

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