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PayPal Easy Donate
Mod Version: 1.31, by Billspaintball (Member) Billspaintball is offline
Developer Last Online: Nov 2011 I like it Show Printable Version Email this Page

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vB Version: 3.5.4 Rating: (7 votes - 4.71 average) Installs: 175
Released: 16 Apr 2006 Last Update: 05 Aug 2006 Downloads: 725
Not Supported Uses Plugins Template Edits Additional Files  

Hack Description

This hack is the easiest way to add the ability to accept PayPal donations for your site.
You simply upload 2 php files, and a couple of images and then import the product XML and thats it!
No messing round with template edits or anything like that, its all done for you!

:banana: Also includes a vB CMPS Module so you can use this hack on your vB CMPS pages. :banana:
The vB CMPS is basicly just a straight port of DementedMindz excellent Paypal Module (dropdown) On vBa CMPS modified so that it can be setup from the AdminCP.
Many thanks to DementedMindz for allowing me to mod his module.

Some features of this hack are:
  • No need to modify or edit the standard vB files!
  • Automaticly adds 'Donate' link on Navbar next to the FAQ link if desired.
  • Simple once off setup in the Admin Control Panel.
  • You can change all text and headings from the Admin CP.
  • All PayPal settings such as preferred currency are set in the Admin CP.
  • The Donors forum username is on the emailed receipt from PayPal.
  • People do not have to be registered on your site to donate.
  • You and toggle the PayPal Verified seal on or off.
  • Its a product so no need to redo hacks when you upgrade vB next time.
  • Works with default IE settings!
  • vB CMPS Modue Available
  • Configurable Thank you page for donors
  • Default / suggested donation amount if desired
  • Works on vB 3.6 without any modifications
Well thats about it for the moment. I may add more features later, if there is a demand for them.

Please note that you have to have either a Business or Premiere PayPal account, else you will need to upgrade to one of these before you can accept donations. Its easy to do, just follow the guide on the PayPal site.

Also note that this is a product, not a plug-in. You must import it using the import product feature in the Admin CP.

I will try and offer support, but work and family commitments mean I dont have much free time.

This is a work in progress and currently a beta version.
This script has been confirmed as working on
  • vB 3.5.3
  • vB 3.5.4
  • vB 3.6.0 Beta 1
  • vB 3.6.0 Beta 2
  • vB 3.6.0 RC1
  • vB 3.6.0
It should work on earlier versions of vB 3.5 as well, but I have no verification of that.

Known Bugs
None on a standard vB 3.5.X install. However, if you use custom templates the automatic donate link insertion may not work. If thats the case, you will need to edit the navbar template manually as listed in the 2nd post.

This has been tested in a totally clean install of vB 3.5.4 and in my live and hacked site as well.


Version 1.31 (5th August 2006)
  • Added - Ability to choose default donations amount if desired.
  • Added - Thankyou page for donors.
  • Added - Ability to choose if donations open in same or new page.
  • Fixed - XML compliance.
  • Fixed/Added - A couple of things that slip my mind at the moment.

Version 1.30 (9th May 2006)
  • Added - Ability to choose different PayPal submit donate buttons
  • Added - Ability to choose to display payment type accepted icons on donate page
  • Added - One setting now controls Currency, Currency Symbol and Country
  • Added - All images are now local, not called from PayPal
  • Fixed - Breadcrumbs not showing correctly
  • Fixed - Various minor template bugs
  • Fixed - Typo in Where On Line plugin
  • Fixed - Template Caching
Credits: I've had a lot of help and advice from Boofo on this version.

Version 1.21 (28th April 2006)
  • Fixed - PayPal verified link was not working

Version 1.2 (16th April 2006)
  • Added - Admin CP selector for Navlink, Button, or nothing
  • Added - Donate button in header on right (selectable on/off)
  • Added - Couple of tweaks for vB CMPS module addon
  • Added - Grouped templates in style manager
  • Fixed - Couple of minor changes to make it 100% HTML compliant

Version 1.1 (16th April 2006)
  • Added - Ability to enter default currency symbol in Admin CP
  • Added - Display default currency code on donations page
  • Added - Display default currency symbol on donations page
  • Fixed - Firefox centering issue
  • Fixed - Typo on donation page

Version 1.0 (16th April 2006)
  • Initial Release

Upgrade Instructions
To upgrade from 1.2x to 1.3 just download the zip, it contains the latest files.
Then upload the billsdonate.php and image files then import the XML file again.
Make sure you select overwrite when you import.

Huge thanks to DementedMindz who made my V1.31 code XML compliant

I have been inspired by Cloudrunners PayPal Donations and Cybernetec's Cyb Paypal. Both have their good points, but neither were quite what I wanted, which is what inspired me to write this.

Thanks also to Paul M and hambil in helping me work out how to insert the donate link without any manual edits.
Also, espically to DementedMindz for his assistance, advice, and use of his vB CMPS module.
Much appreciested guys

And finally, a huge thanks to Boofo who was a great help in making the 1.30 release and supplied the new template, and much help.

Click on Install
If you have this script installed then please click on the install link because;
  • You will get notified if any security issues are reported.
  • You will get notified when there are any upgrades to this script
  • It gives me a warm fuzzy feeling and motivates me to develop more

First of all, to be clear. This script is 100% free.

However if you feel an urge to donate I'm not going to say no.
Donations can be made at

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Old 10 Feb 2008, 20:27
Bubble #5 Bubble #5 is offline
Join Date: Apr 2005

THANKS Boofo I was looking at the drop down list
If we don't help each other when we can, then we're not making this world a better place.
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Old 29 Feb 2008, 04:06
Pamela Pamela is offline
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Will a fresh install of this for 3.7.0 (Beta 5) work...or does this need to be rewritten for 3.7?

Thanks! )
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Old 29 Feb 2008, 04:11
burntire burntire is offline
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Works on 3.7.5 for me.
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Old 29 Feb 2008, 04:13
Pamela Pamela is offline
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Originally Posted by burntire View Post
Works on 3.7.5 for me.
Awesome! Thanks!!!
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Old 29 Feb 2008, 08:34
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Boofo Boofo is offline
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Whoa! 3.7.5. is out already? They are fast!
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Old 29 Feb 2008, 08:36
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Bounce Bounce is offline
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Originally Posted by Boofo View Post
Whoa! 3.7.5. is out already? They are fast!

I wish they were

Been in beta for ages now LOL
Thanks for your help

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Old 29 Feb 2008, 09:06
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Boofo Boofo is offline
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As long as it works as well as it does, then I'm fine with the beta for now.
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Old 29 Mar 2008, 05:44
HP10T HP10T is offline
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yea as stated on page 19 the images do not appear when one navigates to the donate page. I can't seem to find where the hack points to for the images to verify that being in the forumroot/images/misc folder is accurate for my setup.
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Old 29 Mar 2008, 05:50
HP10T HP10T is offline
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I figured it out, the source to the images was supposed to be forumsroot/images/templatename/misc and now it works. Great hack thank you!
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Old 31 Mar 2008, 18:55
RK1gaming RK1gaming is offline
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Installed - test and works great
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Old 28 Apr 2008, 12:10
reviewd reviewd is offline
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Awesome great hack. thanks alot.
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Old 23 May 2008, 13:11
UltraFanatics UltraFanatics is offline
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Great mod had it for a while now!

Is there a way of making it so it shows % left until it reaches x amount of pounds to 100%

Like this ...

We have 50 donated and need another 50 until we reach 100%
*Tattoo Forum

*Football Forum
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Old 12 Oct 2008, 16:53
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