Have you ever wondered how to customize your PayPal payment page to show your own header or logo? I added my own logo but because my image was not stored on a secure site (https://) a warning box showed up every time to say that my site was insecure. As you can imagine I found this a worry as many customers could take the warning as some type of scam, so I had a look around my many resource sites to see if there was a way to bypass the https requirement and cutting the cost of paying for an ssl certificate.
Lo and behold I found such a way which works, perfectly legal and above all very easy to implement.
Firstly.. Create a text message or logo or whatever you want as a banner, the banner can be any size up to a maximum of 750px wide by 90px high, save as a jpg and follow the instructions below:
Upload your image to a https hosting company.. I prefer SSLPic, firstly because they have a no-nonsense interface which doesn’t require you to create a user account and secondly because it is from the reliable e-junkie . It also provides you with the stats regarding how many times people have clicked on your ‘Buy-Now’ buttons.
After uploading your image and giving an email address you will receive a link via email with the address your image is located at.
To add this to your payment page
Log into PayPal account > Click on ‘Profile’. On the right hand side, you will find ‘Selling Preferences’ box. Click on ‘Custom Payment Pages’ link.
The next page is ‘custom payment page styles’ (your image). From this page, you can Add, Edit, Preview, and Remove page styles, as well as make any page style your Primary style. By default ‘PayPal’ page style is the primary style. You may add up to 3 page styles. To add a page style click on ‘Add’ button.
On the next page, you can fill your custom settings. Give a unique name to the ‘Page Style Name’ box. The next edit box asks for the ‘Header image URL’. This is the most tricky part, in the next point you will understand why.
Get the URL link which was mailed to you from SSLPic and place it inside the ‘Header Image URL’ box.
If you wish you can change the header background color, header border color and background color. I prefer having the header colors same as my logo. If you find difficulty in getting the exact hex code of your header, try Instant Eye Dropper
Click the Save button, Now you have two options, either make this style as a default primary style or leave it as it is. If you choose to make it as primary, all your button payment pages will get default settings as you have defined above.
On the other hand, if your PayPal account is used for more than one online business, you may want to leave it as it is and choose the settings on a button by button basis (Different logos for different sites you own for example)
Click on your PayPal button preview. You should be able to see the new header style for your PayPal payment page.
That’s it… simple, free and a very effective way of making your website payment method look extremely professional.
I’ve tried to make the instructions as clear as possible but if you have any problems just leave a comment below and I’ll try to help further.