Setting Up Purchase Items
To simply sell something without email confirmation or site actions:
- From some page do an "insert block".
- Scroll down and select "PayPal Button"
- Click Save.
You will be in a button definition form. Supply an item name, quantity, and price. Also fill in the item description. Then click "Save."
There are two item descriptions: One to show before the purchase and one to show after a purchase. An example of an after-the-purchase description might be
Thank you for buying my cool recording. To download, click here.
Advanced fields will let you set other PayPal values.
Test the Button:
From your site, hit the
PayPal button. Proceed giving PayPal the information it needs, perhaps
pretending that you do not have a PayPal account and giving it credit
card information instead. When you are done, you should be returned to
your site with a confirmation of the purchase.
Now go back to the
button and you will find that it still shows. This is because we did
not associate the button with a group and the site does not know to not
show the button.
Hit "Report Transactions" and confirm that the transaction matches what PayPal emailed to the buyer and to the seller.
PayPal will collect and keep its comission from this sale. For testing
purposes, it may be best to set the product price to $1.00.
Automatic Email or Access Upon Purchase
These capabilities require that a group be set up to match the
product. Go the administration screen and click "Group Accounts". Then
choose "New Group Account".
- You can name the group anything, but naming it after the product is generally best.
- The group description is seen in the "my account" screen of those who are in the group.
- Set the group to be emailable from group admins only. Check "group may subscribe" if needed. Uncheck everything else.
- In "Message to send when they join"
fill in the contents of the email those joining the group via a
purchase will receive. This can include links to private content.
the same or a new PayPal button, chose the group for
"Group this action manages". Also fill in the "Text to show when
If appropriate, go to pages and modules in the site granting permission to members of the new group.
by making a purchase as before. This time, however, the user should get
a welcome message in their email. Also, when the user navigates back to
the product page they should see the "Text to show when Purchased"
instead of they buy button. If this group was associated with site
permissions the user should now have access to those site areas.