PayPal Payments Standard Overview

Using PayPal Payments Standard and HTML coding, you can quickly and easily integrate PayPal payment solutions with your website or e-commerce application. You can add payment buttons for different types of payments to your webpages, allowing shoppers to make simplified online payments for their purchases.

Creating PayPal Payments Standard Buttons

PayPal Payments Standard allows you to create the following types of payment buttons and add them to your website:


Buy Now button example
Sell single items in various quantities with
Buy Now buttons


Donate button example
Accept monetary contributions with
Donate buttons


Add to Cart button example
Sell multiple items at one time with
Add to Cart buttons


Subscribe Button example
Sign up customers for recurring payments with
Subscribe buttons


Automatic Billing button example
Sign up customers for automatic billing payments with
Automatic Billing buttons


Installment Plan Button example
Sign up customers for installment payment plans with
Installment Plan buttons


Gift Certificate Button example
Sell gift certificates for your website with
Buy Gift Certificate buttons (pdf)

The button create tool on the PayPal website allows you to quickly design and create your own payment buttons and to generate HTML code which is used to place the buttons on your webpages. Additionally, if you are familiar with HTML coding, PayPal Payments Standard allows you to create payment buttons by writing the HTML code using any type of HTML authoring tools. See the HTML Variables for PayPal Payments Standard to get started writing your own HTML code for PayPal Payments Standard buttons.

Integrate your Shopping Cart

PayPal Payments Standard provides the Cart Upload command to allow third-party shopping carts to integrate PayPal Payments Standard on behalf of PayPal merchants. The Cart Upload command passes the contents of shopping carts to PayPal for checkout and payment processing.

Note: If you are not a shopping cart developer, or you just want to implement a simplified shopping cart solution, you can add a PayPal Shopping Cart to your site which is hosted by PayPal. For more information on implementing the PayPal hosted shopping cart solution, see The PayPal Shopping Cart – Add to Cart and View Cart Buttons.

Additional PayPal integration features using PayPal Payments Standard

Payment Data Transfer — Receive completed transaction information when shoppers return from the PayPal website, and display a printable receipt; requires advanced programming skills.

Instant Payment Notification — Receive messages about transaction payments and activity from PayPal through asynchronous, server-to-server communication and automate your online payments with your order fulfillment process; requires advanced programming skills.

Additional Resources

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