How to Add PayPal to My Site

Updated February 21, 2017

PayPal has three membership options: Personal, Premier or Business. If you only intend to use your PayPal account to pay for online purchases, a personal account may be all that you need. If you intend to use PayPal to collect money from customers and want to add a PayPal paying option on your website, then a business account is your best option. Adding a PayPal link to your website will allow your customers to pay online by credit card.

Join PayPal by going online to and clicking on the "Sign Up" link at the top of the screen. Follow the online form to join.

Log into your PayPal account by entering your e-mail address, password and clicking "Log In."

Click on the "Merchant Services" tab at the top of the webpage.

Select the "Buy Now Button" link to add a buy now button to your web page.

Complete the online form that opens, which will create the code or button to add to your website. This will involve selecting what you are receiving payment for, the name of the product and price, shipping and tax information, and an option to customise your button.

Click "Create Button" or "Save Changes" when you are ready to create the code for your website.

Click the "Website" tab so its code is displayed. If the "Email" tab is selected, that is the code you can include in an e-mail. A sample of how the button will look is displayed to the right of the code.

Copy the code by right-clicking to copy or by hitting "CMD+C" for Mac or "CTRL+C" for Windows.

Paste a copy of the code into an e-mail and send it to your webmaster to include the code on your page..

Things You'll Need

  • Computer with Internet connection


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About the Author

Ann Johnson has been a freelance writer since 1995. She previously served as the editor of a community magazine in Southern California and was also an active real-estate agent, specializing in commercial and residential properties. She has a Bachelor of Arts in communications from California State University, Fullerton.