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Selling products and services on your website (and taking credit card payments for them) might sound really difficult, but with 2-Minute-Website it can actually be very straightforward, as we'll see.

Here's how to do it:

  1. Create a page and go to 'edit this page'.
  2. Describe the item you're selling, using 'Add Paragraph' to put in text, and 'Add Picture' to show some pictures of it.
  3. In the Editing Desk, click on Add Payment Link.
  4. Enter the email address that you want to receive the payment, describe the item (e.g. 'Teddy Bear') and say how much you want to sell it for.
  5. Be sure to set the currency and the item price to the right amount.
    For example, if you're selling a teddy bear for $9.99 (US dollars), set the amount to '9.99' and the currency to 'US Dollars'. If you're selling a tea-service for £19.95 (UK pounds), set the amount to '19.95' and the currency to 'Pound Sterling'.
  6. You can choose between a 'Buy Now' button and a 'Shopping Cart' (which is useful if your customer wants to buy more than one item at a time, and pay for them together). If you don't know which to choose, go for 'Buy Now' - it's quicker and easier for your customer.
  7. Click on Continue and you're done!

You'll need to sign up for an account with PayPal, but you don't have to do that right away - you can wait until the first payment comes in.

PayPal allows your customers to pay using their credit card, or their own PayPal account. They don't have to register with PayPal themselves, unless they want to.

Order quantity (ordering more than one of an item): On the PayPal summary page, your customer will get the option to increase the quantity of items ordered from 1 to any other value.

Shipping and tax options: You can set up shipping options, and sales tax options if needed, at PayPal - instructions are here.

Getting your money: you can arrange for PayPal to make payment to your bank account. They'll pay you directly - the money doesn't come via 2-Minute-Website, and we don't take any commission or anything like that. You'll find that PayPal charges you a small amount (a couple of percent) to process the payment for you.

If you want to add more payment buttons, it's easy to do - for example, if you're selling the teddy bears that we used as an example above in three sizes (S, M and L) then the easiest thing to do is to add a payment button for each size of bear.

Behind the scenes: we also include information, on the page with your payment button, in a special format for search engines (such as Google) to read. This should help you to show up higher in the search engine listings, for the products you're selling.

If you have any questions, then do drop us a line - we're here to help!

Andrew Ellam
Managing Director, 2-Minute-Website Ltd

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