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How to Sell your Online Courses with Installments via PayPal

Giving your customers the option to purchase your courses through an installment plan will give them a more flexible way to organize their payment and at the same time have access to your valuable content.

Create Installment button via PayPal

1. Open the PayPal button creation page. Log in to your PayPal account and locate the Tools → All Tools option on the top bar menu:

2.  Find the PayPal buttons option and click on Open

3. You will need to select the button type. Select Subscribe:

You then need to select the currency, the billing amount per installment, the billing cycle period, and the number of installments:  

If your users buy a course via this installment button, PayPal makes the payments automatically on the schedule you set. You can include tax and shipping in the total amount, but do not include interest.

4. Customize button text and appearance. You can change the appearance and text of the default PayPal button; you can even enter a URL and use your own button image:

Once you are ready, click on Create button:

5. Find your button code.

Find and copy the code for the new button you have just created so you can then add it to your Learnworlds school.

6. Paste your button code to your Learnworlds page.

Add Embed section

a. Access the page you want to add the button to (usually a course page) and click on +Add section, and one of our Embed sections.

b. Click on the embed section, and on the side form that appears, paste the button code in the Embeddable script area.

Click on Update to save your changes.

Add Embed widget

a. You can also add the Paypal button inside an existing or new section, through the embed widget. Click on + icon/Add Widget, and choose one of the Embed Code widgets.

b. Add the Paypal Button code in the side window that appears, inside the text box under Embeddable Script.

Click on Update to save your changes.

This is how your PayPal Installment button could look (in either of the above options):


  • You can find sample PayPal Installment button codes on this page.
  • If you wish to take your customers back to your school after the PayPal Checkout page, add to the PayPal buttons as a return URL, your school's landing page URL (which will be accessible to logged-out users as well). Please find the respective instructions to achieve that, here (par. no 6)

Once you see that you have received a payment from a user to your PayPal account, go ahead and manually enroll them in the relevant course.

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