Account naming conventions

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To test all PayPal account variations, you must create several sandbox accounts. To create a large number of sandbox accounts, adopt a uniform account-naming convention to help manage different accounts by their names alone.

The sandbox enables you to create the email address of an account name. With this, you can create a naming convention that maximizes the information contained in your account names.

This property list shows one way to view sandbox accounts:

  • An account can be either a (P)ersonal or a (B)usiness account.
  • An account can be (V)erified or (U)nverified.
  • An account can have a (C)redit card associated with it, or not.

Using these account properties, derive the following list of prefixes for your sandbox accounts:

Account name prefix Personal Business Verified Credit card
PVC X X X
PV X X
PC X X
P X
BVC X X X
BV X X
BC X X

To avoid ambiguity, assign a digit to accounts of similar type.

Using this account-naming convention, you can tell at a glance that the BV1@example.com account is a Business Verified account that does not have a credit card, while PUC3@example.com is a Personal non-verified account that uses only a credit card as a funding source.

The naming convention you employ might differ from the one proposed here. The key is to simplify your test scenarios by creating one that works for your needs.