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Why are Paypal Button Embeds not allowed?

  1. Hi,

    from what I can see, WordPress doesn't allow html embeds. Why is that? I am creating a Church website and wish to put our fundraising items on the site. I found the paypal store widget which is pretty cool- but it is extremely limited. I have to use an image and link to the store. But Paypal offers so much more that would be helpful! I would really like to be able to create a more flexible 'store' in my blog. Not for commercial purposes- but for non-profit activities. All our own original crafts & music. The trouble is that Paypal only offers a https link for some of their 'buttons'. The others, like 'Add to Cart', only come with html code! Therefore, I can't use the functionality on my blog.

    I can also add that I have desperately wanted this functionality many times for other reasons. It would be so valuable!

    I have zero plan to change from WordPress but plan to continue within its parameters. What I am looking for here is an answer to two questions:

    1) Am I correct in saying that WordPress doesn't accomodate the html embeds at all? Even if I have the CSS upgrade?
    2) Will you be adding this functionality in the near future? (I hope so!)

    Thank you,

    Susan
    mynewbeginningschurch.wordpress.com

    The blog I need help with is limstudio.com.

  2. OOPs, I didn't select the right blog when I submitted the above comment. I want help for my : mynewbeginningschurch.wordpress.com site.

  3. 1) Am I correct in saying that WordPress doesn't accomodate the html embeds at all? Even if I have the CSS upgrade?

    Free hosted WordPress.com blogs cannot be equipped for e-commerce transactions but WordPress.org installs can be.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/

    You can use an unencrypted PayaPal donation button and that ought to work very well for a church. We can also use a contact form and customize it on a free hosted WordPress.com blog.

    The custom design upgrade is only for changing blog appearance. The custom design support entry clearly states it cannot be used to edit HTML. We cannot edit themes ot templates on free hosted WordPress.com blogs. http://en.support.wordpress.com/themes/editing-themes/

    2) Will you be adding this functionality in the near future? (I hope so!)

    Volunteers anwering support questions don't have clue what management of Automattic (WordPress.com) may or may not be considering. Here's the contact link to Staff http://en.support.wordpress.com/contact/

  4. 2) Will you be adding this functionality in the near future? (I hope so!)

    We are considering it! But it won't be added in the very near future.

    I agree with timethief that simple PayPal buttons, which you can indeed use here at WordPress.com are the way to go for a church. Try it out!

  5. I will check out the options for the .org WordPress sites. Can I port my site to a .org address? Here are my needs:

    1) I would like the person to be able to select from a specific list to state how they want their donation to be applied. Examples: church maintenance, community outreach programs, general funds, etc. This may be a Paypal limitation, though. Is there some way to get this information on the Paypal transaction?

    2) We have an idea for a Church store. All products are donated items from local businesses or are handcrafted by our congregation. 100% of the money raised will go directly into whichever church fund the person wants.

    I have implemented a limited strategy on my site to do these things. But it would sure be nice to be able to re-program a Paypal 'add to cart' button!

    Would LOVE some direction!

  6. p.s. I can't even get the simple paypal buttons to 'embed' either. I have to create a paypal button image and load it on my page with a link to the available Paypal buttons (that support a link). Many of their buttons only have html code and don't have a specific link to them. So, without an embedding capability, I can't use these great Paypal buttons.

  7. Yes, you can export your site contents to a .org site. Not the theme though.

    Those things are doable on a .org site but you need to seek instruction there or at Paypal for those.

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