How does a person start a website that accepts Paypal?

Tina Burquest August 19, 2012
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My friend just started a business. She wants to set up a website but has no idea how to do it. She wants to be able to accept Paypal. Is there good software she can buy for this purpose? Thanks.

  1. Benjamin Glass
    August 29, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    You don't need software--Paypal provides everything you need (except the website you use) for free if you sign up for a merchant account.

  2. Justin Pot
    August 20, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    I highly recommend your friend check out two of our guides. The first teaches you how to build a blog or website using WordPress; you'll be very happy with the site you end up with if you follow these instructions.

    http://www.makeuseof.com/pages/set-up-your-blog-with-wordpress-the-ultimate-guide'

    The second goes over many of the ways people with blogs can earn money using them:

    http://www.makeuseof.com/pages/monetization-manual-your-no-nonsense-guide-to-making-money-blogging

    I apologize if this isn't specifically relevant; I'm not sure

    In terms of Paypal: setting up donate buttons couldn't be easier. If she wants to sell things she's going to want some sort of e-commerce solution. There are plenty for WordPress, but they wall take time to set up.

    She also might consider hiring someone to help her if she's got no experience at all. It could save her a lot of stress.

    • muotechguy
      August 21, 2012 at 9:58 am

      Also, the ecommerce plugins listed on http://www.makeuseof.com/pages/best-wordpress-plugins make setting up shop a breeze, and I believe they all come with built-in paypal payment gateway support, though credit cards etc are going to need a separate contract with a third party provider.

  3. Tina Burquest
    August 19, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    Thank you guys so much for your help, I will pass this information onto my friend.

  4. Jack Giebel
    August 19, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    I would personally recommend either Shopify (http://www.shopify.com/) or Volusion (http://www.volusion.com/). Both are easy to use, and have plans for under 40 a month. They both have free trials so your friend can try them and see what she thinks. They both allow you to accept paypal as well as credit cards.

    Volusion is a little cheaper and your friend would get a free book about ecommerce. If you call them they will walk you through the entire process and help you along the way. Hope this helps!

    • muotechguy
      August 21, 2012 at 9:57 am

      I second shopify. By far the easier way to get an ecommerce site up and running with no experience.

  5. Vipul Jain
    August 19, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    for accepting paypal you dont need a software, you just need to register on paypal. But for hosting a website you can ask the guys to provide templates from whom you will buy domain and hosting.

  6. sachiny009
    August 19, 2012 at 6:04 am

    what your friend need is a e commerce website...you can always use cms such as drupal or you can use free online services http://www.seotoaster.com/.....for connecting with paypal and many other srvices which can transfer funds to your account you need a shopping cart to be included in your website.....

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