Website Payments Standard (WPS) and how it works

Aug 28 2019 | PayPal editorial staff

Learn more about what is WPS and how it can help you grow your Business.
You’re looking for a payment solution for your website in India and wondering if Website Payments Standard (WPS) is right for you. Well if you’ve already activated your PayPal Business Account, and are looking for a safe, easy way for your customers to pay you, WPS is the way to go. Here’s a quick breakdown of what WPS is and how it works.  

What is Website Payments Standard (WPS)? 
Website Payments Standard is a PayPal Checkout button you can add to your website or mobile app to securely accept debit, credit and PayPal payments. It is the fastest and easiest way if you do not want advanced programming involved, and gives your customers the option of paying without a PayPal account. 

How does WPS work? 
All you have to do is copy our HTML code for the Checkout button and paste it on your website. It’s that simple. Then we’ll take care of the checkout process and security, and once the transaction is done, we’ll send your customers back to your website. Best part, there are no setup or monthly fees. You only need to pay a small fee when you make a sale.  

Prefer to keep customers on your site? Try PayPal Checkout

How to add WPS to your website 
Step 1: Log in to your PayPal Business Account and select ‘Profile and settings’ 

Step 2: Click on ‘Selling Tools’ on the bottom left hand corner.

Step 3: Look for ‘Update’ that’s next to ‘Manage my payment buttons’ 

Step 4: Click ‘Create button’copy and paste the HTML code onto your website and the PayPal Checkout Button will be there.

A quick summary of Website Payments Standard

The contents of this site are provided for informational purposes only. You should always obtain independent, professional accounting, financial, and legal advice before making any business decision.

Frequently asked questions.

Website Payments Standard (WPS) offers a straightforward and quick way for you to securely accept payments on your website. Customers can pay by using their credit or debit card, or through their PayPal account. You handle the sales while we handle everything from the checkout process to security and mobile compatibility. Plus:
  • No advanced programming is needed.
  • Your customers don’t need a PayPal account to pay you.
  • It’s optimised for customers on smartphones or tablets.
And unlike many full payment-processing solutions, Website Payments Standard has no application, setup or monthly fees, or long-term commitments. You only need to pay a small fee when you make a sale. Learn more about PayPal fees.

How does it work?
Adding WPS to your website doesn't require advanced technical knowledge. You can simply add PayPal payment button code to your website. When your buyers click on the buttons, they’ll be directed to PayPal’s payment page to pay you.
  • If you need a shopping cart: Choose a shopping cart that's already integrated with PayPal, or add our "Add to Cart" button to your website.
  • If you already have a shopping cart: Select PayPal as your online payment service. If you have a custom-built cart, add PayPal by cutting and pasting HTML code into your checkout.
Website Payments Pro is a fully customisable payments system that lets you accept all major credit and debit cards and PayPal. You create the online checkout experience that’s right for your customers – from branding and look-and-feel to back-end integration.

What can I do with Website Payments Pro?

With Website Payments Pro, you get all the benefits of Website Payments Standard, plus the ability to accept payments via phone, fax and mail (with Virtual Terminal).  Website Payments Pro is fully customisable and integrates with almost all major shopping carts out of the box.

Is it right for my business?

Website Payments Pro is a good solution for any business that wants to accept credit and debit cards, as well as PayPal, while keeping customers on their website throughout the checkout experience.

Website Payments Pro also gives you detailed order management and transaction history, letting you see all credit card, debit card, and PayPal transactions in one place. For every sale, funds are transferred into your PayPal account, usually in minutes. You can then transfer the money to your bank account or keep it in your PayPal account to use for other online business transactions. All of it is easily managed in your PayPal dashboard.

Please visit our dedicated page to learn more about fees.

For more information about Website Payments Pro, visit our information page.
At the moment, PayPal doesn’t support the following currencies when a payment is made using an American Express card:
  • Israel Shekel (ILS)
  • Malaysian Ringgit (MYR)
  • Mexico Peso (MXN)
  • Philippine Peso (PHP)
  • South African Rand (ZAR)
  • New Taiwan Dollar (TWD)
  • Thai Baht (THB)
  • Turkish Lira (TRY)
To continue with your payment, please use other debit or credit cards. See the steps to add a debit or credit card to your PayPal account.

Here are some possible reasons why you failed to add your debit or credit card:

  • Your card might not be compatible with the PayPal system. Find out the cards you can use with you PayPal accounts. 
  • Your card hasn't been activated for online and international payments. Please contact your card issuer to activate this functionality.
  • A credit card can be added to only one PayPal account at a time. If this card has been linked to your other PayPal account, you need to remove the card from there before using it in a different PayPal account.
  • If your card doesn't have a card verification code (usually a 3-digit code on the back of your card), you can't use that card on your PayPal account.
  • The billing address you provide must exactly match the one shown on your card statement. Check your debit or credit card statement to confirm that the addresses match. 
  • You have 8 cards linked to your PayPal account. You can only have 8 linked cards on your account at once. Please remove the cards that you don't use with PayPal anymore.