Adding a PayPal Shopping Cart Purchase Link to Your Website

The below list of instructions for adding a PayPal Shopping Cart Purchase Link to your website seems complicated, but it's really not. Just follow these steps below (please note that these steps will not result in the creation of a PayPal Button on your site, it will instead create a PayPal Shopping Cart Purchase Link):

Please follow the instructions below exactly:

  1. Log into your account with PayPal. If you do not have one yet, you will have to create one first.
  2. Go to the 'Merchant Services' tab in your account. If you do not see it, you may need a “business account”. Contact PayPal to find out what type of account you need to create purchase buttons/Email purchase links.
  3. Click the blue “create buttons for your website” section. Select “Buy Now”, “Add to Cart” or “Donate” choice.
  4. Fill in the PayPal form. You should enter in an Item Name. The Item ID is optional and can be anything, but be sure to keep track of what item is what number etc for your records and to facilitate filling orders when items are sold.
  5. Add the price and select your currency of choice.
  6. Moving down, leave all the options in the “Customize Button” field blank, as you're creating a link, not a button
  7. Add shipping and tax, as applicable to your item
  8. Skip step Two and Three (blue bars at the bottom of the page) and click the yellow “Create Button” button
  9. You'll now see some button code in a tab called “Website”. You want the link instead, so click the tab called “Email”
  10. Copy this link completely — and then paste it where you want into your website's Control Panel, using the |link|link name| format for creating hotlinks.

When you try this, you'll see it should work perfectly for a shopping cart. You will have to create a link for each item (it will get much faster each time).

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help/cp/adding-a-paypal-shopping-cart-purchase-link-to-your-website.txt · Last modified: 2015/04/14 11:37 by debbie