It’s as simple as copy, paste.

You don't need advanced programming skills to start accepting PayPal payments, you can simply add buttons to your site. Start selling in minutes with these simple instructions.

Step 1: Choose.

Need a button that will allow your customers to purchase multiple items at once? Our “Add to Cart” button is your best bet.

Create an Add to Cart button

If all you need is to enable single item purchases, use our “Buy Now” button.

Create a Buy Now button

Step 2: Create.

To create a button quickly and easily, just complete step 1 in the Button Factory as follows:

  1. Go to the Button Factory.
  2. Under Step 1, select the type of button you want to create in the drop-down menu.
  3. Enter the item name, price, and currency type of the item.
  4. Add further customization if needed via the 'Customize button' section.
  5. Once you've finished setting up your basic requirements, click 'Create Button'. You will be taken to a new page that gives you the HTML code for the button, which you can copy and paste onto your website.

To email the button to someone, click the Email tab and copy and paste the given link. You can then email the link and the recipient can click on it to make a payment.

Step 3: Insert.

HTML may look complicated at first, but once you get used to the basics you’ll be good to go! Follow these instructions to add your button to your website.

Advanced features.

Visit the Button Factory to take advantage of some extra features (see Button Factory steps 2 and 3).

Save buttons

If you need to create a lot of similar buttons for a selection of products, you can save a button as a template and then go in and modify the price parameters or other details. This way, you won't have to keep creating multiple buttons from scratch.

Auto-return page

When your buyers complete payment, you can redirect them back to your site immediately by setting up an auto-return to the page of your choice.

Avoid over-selling

You can track your inventory so you don't sell stock you don't have. Just specifiy the quantity of stock for each item ID and set up an email alert to help you stay in control.

Sold out page

When inventory is down for an item, you can direct customers to a 'sold out' page.

Test your buttons.

Your web page does not need to be live to test the button. It can be tested from a saved location on your local hard drive. However, you do need to be logged in to the PayPal Sandbox.

The PayPal Sandbox is a testing environment that is a duplicate of the live PayPal site, except that no real money is exchanged. The Sandbox allows you to test your entire integration before submitting transactions to the live PayPal environment.

  1. Log in to, click the Test Accounts tab, select the desired test account, and click 'Enter Sandbox Test Site'.
  2. Open the HTML file containing the button.
  3. Click the button you want to test.
  4. Log in using your test buyer account.
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete your test payment.