I’m no stranger to setting up payment forms on websites. If you’ve been a client of mine, you’ve probably even used one to pay me. But I was tasked with coming up with a payment form that would not only allow one-time donations as well as recurring donations and show a ticker so people can see how much has been donated. It needed to accept multiple payment types including offline donations, integrate with MailChimp and Google Analytics and be super easy to use.
I’ve followed the GiveWP folks on Twitter for some time and knew they were doing good work, but hadn’t had a need to use their plugin before now.
GiveWP has a lot of options. It’s a free plugin, but you will almost certainly need add-ons, which is how they make their money. For example, I set up a site and it needed to accept credit cards (so I needed the Stripe add-on), it needed to integrate with MailChimp (another add-on) and it needed to have recurring payments (yet another add-on.) So be forewarned that while the plugin is free, you will likely have to spend some money on the add-ons.
Here’s the good stuff:
- It’s easy! Set up and integration of the plugin was really easy, same for add-ons.
- It looks really nice, right out of the box. I didn’t need to do much configuration at all.
- It works really well. It’s easy to make a donation.
- Support is good – I had a question and it was answered promptly and gave me the exact answer I needed.
Overall, this is a really good option for setting up donations on a WordPress site. I would recommend it.
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