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  • 1. Generating a
    PayPal Button
    And inserting it
    into a webpage
    Jeff McNear
  • 2. Login to your PayPal
    account at:
  • 3. You will need a “merchant account” to generate a “buy now” or “add to cart” button.
    Go to the “merchant services” tab and select either the “buy now” or “add to cart” option.
    Buy Now = single item purchase
    Add to cart = allows for purchase of multiple items
  • 4. Fill in the following:
    • Type of button
    • 5. Item Name
    • 6. Item ID
    • 7. Price (select currency)
    • 8. Options (if applicable)
    • 9. Shipping (if applicable)
    • 10. Tax Rate (if applicable)
    • 11. Select Merchant ID radio button
  • You can leave the settings of tab 2 at the default settings unless you want to use the inventory tracking option
  • 12. Tab 3 allows you to:
    • Allow purchasers to attach a note
    • 13. Specify that you need a shipping address
    • 14. Specify the URL where a site visitor is sent to when there transaction is complete
    • 15. Specify the URL where a site visitor goes when they exit a transaction before completion
    Once the information is complete, then click:
    “create button”
  • 16. You will then be presented with the screen above:
    • Click the “select code” button
    • 17. Right click on mouse (for copy)
    • 18. Open a plain text document in a simple text editor
    • 19. Paste in code and save in a logical place
    Note: Never paste code for storage into Word or any other word-processing system document, these programs often insert formatting code that will conflict with the button code!
  • 20. Find your desired insertion point and paste in the copied code into the appropriate spot in the CODE VIEW of the page.
    If you insert the PayPal code into the design view it will not work
    When viewing the page locally you may not see the live image – this is because to button image is stored at PayPal’s host and the page requires a browser to make the image visible