How to Create a Website With Checkout

by Darla Ferrara; Updated September 26, 2017

Websites that provide services or offer items for sale can benefit by allowing customers to check out right from a webpage. This form of commerce works best when you use tools offered by some of the leading financial service providers, such as PayPal and Google. These companies serve as an intermediary between vendor and buyer to make the exchange of money smoother. As a vendor, you do not have to be concerned with payment processing. Setting up a checkout system for your website can be done using such the services as Google Checkout or PayPal.

Google Checkout

Step 1

Sign up for a Google Checkout merchant's account.

Step 2

Edit your account settings. You will need to indicate in the Account Settings section of Google Checkout that you accept shopping carts. Click on the “Settings” tab and then click “Integration.” Move to the box for “My company will only post digitally signed carts” and click to remove the check. Press the “Save” button to continue.

Step 3

Click on “Tools” at the top of the Google Checkout screen.

Step 4

Select the “Checkout Cart” option from the Tools menu.

Step 5

Follow the instructions to generate your code.

Step 6

Highlight the code provided and click “Copy to clipboard.”

Step 7

Open your web page editor and add the shopping cart script. When your customers view the page, a shopping cart icon will appear and allow them to check out using it.

Checkout with PayPal

Step 1

Sign up for an account with PayPal.

Step 2

Log in to your PayPal account.

Step 3

Click on the “Merchant Services” tab located at the top of the screen.

Step 4

Select a button option, such as "Buy Now" or "Add to Cart." Follow the instruction provided by PayPal to generate the proper code.

Step 5

Add the code to your web page. The button will appear on your page and allow customers to checkout with PayPal.

Tips

  • There may be a fee associated with the checkout process.

About the Author

Writing since 1999, Darla Ferrara is an award-winning author who specializes in health, diet, fitness and computer technology. She has been published in "Mezzo Magazine" and Diet Spotlight, as well as various online magazines. Ferrara studied biology and emergency medical technology at the University of Nebraska and Southeast Community College.