Account naming conventions

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.

The following 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 acount 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.

Certainly, 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. Happy testing!