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Posted 31st July 2009 at 09:38 PM by love2Code

Are you thinking of adding a Paypal buy now button in your website? Perhaps you already have a website
ready to accept credit card payment using Paypal. It would be a good idea to test your website before you
go public. There could be various reasons but I will point some of them bellow:
1. Make sure after user makes a payment they go to thank you page.
2. May be user is supposed to be able to download a file after he/she makes a payment.
3. What about storing transaction info in a database.
and so on.
You want to make sure all these work without doing a real transaction. In this blog I will show you how to do all the testing without making a real transaction using a Paypal sandbox account.

First of all you will need to create a Paypal sandbox account from Paypal developer Center . Once you are at Paypal developer Center click on "Signup now" button.

It will take you to Signup page. Just fill in the info and click on Create button:

After this, Paypal will send you an email to confirm.

Go ahead log in to your email server and click on confirm link. This will take you to Paypal developer center.

Just login using the sandbox account you just created.

Once you logged in Paypal developer center, we will create a seller account and a buyer account. Click on "Create a preconfigured Seller and Buyer account" link. This will take you to "Create account page". Make sure you select "Seller" readio button for Account Type.

Now click on "Create account" button. This will create a seller account. Let's create a buyer account as well. Click on " Create a preconfigured Seller and Buyer account " link again. This time choose "Buyer" as account type, then click on "Create account" button. Congratulations! Now you have a Paypal sandlbox seller and abuyer account. You are ready to test your website now. Go to your website where you have paypal button code. Replace the "business" field value with your email that you use to login to Paypal Developer Center. Save it. Upload it to your server if necessary, Now open up a Browser and Login to Paypal developer Center. Then open a second browser and go to your website. Click on Paypal button. This will take you to Paypal website. Enter your sandbox buyer email and password to proceed with the payment. Complete the payment. After the payment is complete, make sure your website is working as it should. That is it!
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    articlemaddness's Avatar
    Hi Lovetocode,
    Thanks for the information - Graphics help.

    Don't forget to let PayPal know you may have heavy transactions on launch date?
    This will help if paypal suspects questionable or fraudulent activities.
    Posted 1st August 2009 at 03:44 PM by articlemaddness articlemaddness is offline
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    hi articlemaddness,
    Thanks for your comment
    Posted 4th August 2009 at 08:35 AM by love2Code love2Code is offline

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