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Quick E-Commerce with PHP and PayPal

This article gives a great insight into developing a small website that incorporates your own shopping cart or a third-party cart in conjunction with PayPal.

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By: Peter Lavin
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August 29, 2003
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Finding a secure method of payment can be a problem for small businesses without merchant credit card accounts or access to a secure server. This article concerns creating an e-commerce site using your own shopping cart or a third-party cart in conjunction with PayPal. This solution will maximise the business benefits and minimise the inconvenience to the customer. A database and server-side scripting will be implemented using MySQL and PHP. Some knowledge of these technologies and of HTML is assumed.


Using PayPal is an inexpensive way to implement e-commerce. To find out if it suits your needs simply go to the PayPal site and read the information provided there. In order to use PayPal a business account needs to be set up. This is a fairly straightforward matter and will not be dealt with here. Once your account is set up you might want to read the article entitled “Adding PayPal to Your 3rd Party shopping Cart” found in the “How-To Articles” of “PayPal Developers Network”. It forms the basis for this discussion. It may be found at the URL, https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=p/pdn/howto_checkout-outside.

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