Additional Payment Option: Standard Checkout
Standard Checkout gets you up and running with PayPal right away. It’s the simplest way to add PayPal as a payment option.
- Easy. Just add some simple HTML code to your existing checkout.
- Fast. No advanced programming is needed—you can set up Standard Checkout in minutes.
How to get started
- Sign up for a PayPal Business Account.
- Verify your information.
- Set up PayPal as an Additional Payment Option.
|How Standard Checkout works|
The Standard Checkout flow consists of 6 steps:
|After selecting products to purchase, your customer chooses to pay with PayPal. Customers can also choose to use your existing checkout for credit card payments.|
|Your customer is transferred to PayPal’s secure site (HTML redirect).|
|Your customer logs in to their account and reviews their shipping and billing information. Your customer clicks Pay to make their payment, which is processed instantly.|
|Your customer reviews their payment confirmation at PayPal.|
|Your customer is automatically redirected to your site (HTML redirect).|
|Your customer arrives at the order confirmation screen on your website. You are notified of a successful payment via email, Instant Payment Notification, or Payment Data Transfer.|
Note: Merchants with more complex checkout processes may need to integrate PayPal differently. For more information, please refer to Technical Overview of PayPal as an Additional Payment Option (PDF).
How does Standard Checkout compare to Express Checkout?
If you already accept credit cards on your website, there are two ways you can implement PayPal as an additional payment option: Standard Checkout and Express Checkout.
With Standard Checkout, your customers are transferred to PayPal to make their payment and complete their order. With Express Checkout, your customers are transferred to PayPal to approve the use of PayPal, and then returned to your website to complete their order.
The following table offers a comparison between Standard Checkout and Express Checkout.
| ||Express Checkout||Standard Checkout|
|What technical skills are needed?||You integrate PayPal using Name-Value Pair APIs.||You integrate PayPal using HTML.|
|Do my customers pay on my website or at PayPal?||Your customer makes their payment and completes their order on your website. This enables tighter integration with your website and order management processes.||Your customer makes their payment and completes their order at PayPal.|
|How does PayPal integrate with my existing systems?||The notice of successful payment authorization is provided to you real-time, before you submit the order to your database.||The notice of successful payment authorization is provided to you via either email or Instant Payment Notification.|