Friday, June 01, 2007

How to add shopping cart to your blog

The easiest way to add a shopping cart is to use Paypal Merchant Tools. Of course in order to make use of this service, you will need a Paypal account if you don't already have one. Signing up is free and easy. Plus by making use of Paypal Merchant Tools, you can accept credit card payments.

Perhaps the easiest way to describe how to add a shopping cart to your blog is to describe how I set up this demonstration "online shop" at Demonstration shopping cart.

First, you will have to prepare your post. Add photographs, description, prices, etc.

Then, sign into your Paypal account. Then click on the Merchant Tool Paypal Merchant Tool Tab tab. Then at the right sidebar, click on "Paypal Shopping Cart", then enter the details like Item Name/Service, Item ID/Number (optional), Price of Item/Service you want to sell, Currency, etc. Then either tick the Paypal "Add to Card" Paypal Add to Cart button button or if you have your own button hosted on the web, enter its URL. Click the "Create button now" Paypal Create Button Now button at the bottom of the page and 2 HTML script will be generated - one for the "Add to Shopping Cart" button and another for the "View Cart" button. Copy the HTML scripts and paste them in the appropriate places in your Post Editor Window. Add further buttons if required and when finished, publish the post.

How you can withdraw funds from your Paypal account

Note that there are two ways to withdraw money from a Paypal account - by check or transfer to your bank account. For withdrawal by check, only residents of U.S., Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, Ecuador, India, Jamaica, and Uruguay can do that. Regarding transfer to bank account, I have requested information on which countries can do that and will update this post when I get a response. In the meantime, what I have done is emailed my niece in US to ask if she could help me by opening a Paypal account if she don't already have one and I send what I have in my Paypal account to her and she help me transfer that to me. Waiting for a response.

Many have said it is possible for non-residents of eTrade to open a US bank account (one even guaranteed it, but unless I am desperate, I will take that guarantee with a pinch of salt). I have corresponded with eTrade and they have told me that only US residents and/or those who have a Social Security number can do that. If any reader knows of ways for people like us to withdraw from Paypal account, I hope you will leave a comment in this post. It will be very much appreciated.

Update 3 June 2007: OK, these are the extra details I promised to provide:

PayPal Localized Sites - Your Customized Total Payment Solution

* Australia
* Austria
* Belgium
* Canada
* China

* France
* Germany
* Italy
* Netherlands
* Poland

* Spain
* Switzerland
* United Kingdom
* United States

Send. Receive. Withdraw.
Send. Receive. Withdraw to a Local or U.S. Bank Account.

Send and receive payments in these countries. Withdraw from your PayPal account to your in-country bank account or to a U.S. bank account.

* Czech Republic
* Denmark
* Finland
* French Guiana
* Greece
* Guadeloupe
* Hong Kong

* Hungary
* Ireland
* Japan
* Martinique
* Mexico
* New Zealand
* Norway

* Portugal
* Reunion
* Singapore
* South Korea
* Sweden
* Taiwan
* Thailand

Send. Receive. Withdraw to a U.S. Bank Account or Check.

Send and receive payments in these countries. Withdraw from your PayPal account to a U.S. bank account or request a check from PayPal.

* Argentina
* Brazil
* Chile

* Ecuador
* India
* Jamaica

* Uruguay

Send. Receive. Withdraw to a U.S. Bank Account.

Send and receive payments in these countries. Withdraw from your PayPal account to a U.S. bank account.

* Costa Rica
* Dominican Republic
* Iceland

* Israel
* Luxembourg*
* Malaysia

* Turkey
* Venezuela

* Users with Luxembourg Personal and Premier Accounts can only send funds. Users with Luxembourg Business Accounts can send, receive, and withdraw funds.

Send Money to Anyone in the Growing PayPal Network

* Albania
* Algeria
* Andorra
* Angola
* Anguilla
* Antigua and Barbuda
* Armenia
* Aruba
* Azerbaijan Republic
* Bahamas
* Bahrain
* Barbados
* Belize
* Benin
* Bermuda
* Bhutan
* Bolivia
* Bosnia and Herzegovina
* Botswana
* British Virgin Islands
* Brunei
* Bulgaria
* Burkina Faso
* Burundi
* Cambodia
* Cape Verde
* Cayman Islands
* Chad
* Colombia
* Comoros
* Cook Islands
* Croatia
* Cyprus
* Democratic Republic of the Congo
* Djibouti
* Dominica
* El Salvador
* Eritrea
* Estonia
* Ethiopia
* Falkland Islands
* Faroe Islands
* Federated States of Micronesia
* Fiji
* French Polynesia
* Gabon Republic
* Gambia

* Gibraltar
* Greenland
* Grenada
* Guatemala
* Guinea
* Guinea Bissau
* Guyana
* Honduras
* Indonesia
* Jordan
* Kazakhstan
* Kenya
* Kiribati
* Kuwait
* Kyrgyzstan
* Laos
* Latvia
* Lesotho
* Liechtenstein
* Lithuania
* Madagascar
* Malawi
* Maldives
* Mali
* Malta
* Marshall Islands
* Mauritania
* Mauritius
* Mayotte
* Mongolia
* Montserrat
* Morocco
* Mozambique
* Namibia
* Nauru
* Nepal
* Netherlands Antilles
* New Caledonia
* Nicaragua
* Niger
* Niue
* Norfolk Island
* Oman
* Palau
* Panama
* Papua New Guinea
* Peru

* Philippines
* Pitcairn Islands
* Qatar
* Republic of the Congo
* Romania
* Russia
* Rwanda
* Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
* Samoa
* San Marino
* São Tomé and Príncipe
* Saudi Arabia
* Senegal
* Seychelles
* Sierra Leone
* Slovakia
* Slovenia
* Solomon Islands
* Somalia
* South Africa
* Sri Lanka
* St. Helena
* St. Kitts and Nevis
* St. Lucia
* St. Pierre and Miquelon
* Suriname
* Svalbard and Jan Mayen Islands
* Swaziland
* Tajikistan
* Tanzania
* Togo
* Tonga
* Trinidad and Tobago
* Tunisia
* Turkmenistan
* Turks and Caicos Islands
* Tuvalu
* Uganda
* Ukraine
* United Arab Emirates
* Vanuatu
* Vatican City State
* Vietnam
* Wallis and Futuna Islands
* Yemen
* Zambia


  1. Thanks

    Superb tip!

  2. Thanks Peter. I applied to my page. You can see it here
    The Cowboy Shack

    1. This is a great way to get ecommerce applied in your blog.. Hey cowboytf, I saw the site and it is so messy i couldn't understand where the ecommerce done here.
      I want my blog to be looked like the nopcommerce development done on it.

  3. Well done, cowboytf.

    Peter (Blog*Star 2006 and 2007)
    Dummies Guide to Google Blogger
    "online book" in progress

  4. How about shopping cart pay out then download?

    1. That's a great question. Did you find the answer?

  5. Hi, I tried to add the shopping cart to my blog but could not do so. I had a message saying that its not allowed. Any idea if they have changed their policy?

  6. I tried to paste the 'Add to Cart' link in my editor window on my blog but could not do so. I had a message saying that the tag 'paypal' is not allowed. But strangely enough, I could paste the 'View Cart' as a page element. Any idea where I went wrong? Please help!

  7. Hi Learning Caravan,

    The best people to ask are those at
    Ask them and let us know what they tell you

  8. Thanks, I asked them and they fixed the problem. Its okay now.
    Thanks for the fantastic tip and help.

  9. Anonymous11/28/2008

    One common and frustrating problem in some shopping carts is that they don't show you what's in your electronic basket automatically. Instead, you have to find and click on the shopping cart icon. Finding shipping costs are often impossible without checking out, and some shopping carts require a shopper to register contact information before making any purchase. Well to get just the right shopping cart for your site visit

  10. Thanks Peter..gr8 job from ur side

  11. Thanks for your nice post. Do you know some other payment methods to use in blogs based Shopping Cart. Like 2CheckOut, Authorize.Net etc.

  12. Thanks. Other payment methods to use in blogs based ASP.NET Shopping Cart.

  13. i've tried to postit on my blog. but i come out some errors...

  14. already create a new website for my stuff. Using ecommerce. anyway thanks for fast reply.

  15. Thanks for the tips. It would helpful to make my shopping cart easy.
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  16. Paypal had accepted Malaysia's accounts...are you updating your tips and tricks ?

  17. Very impressive posting. I enjoyed it. I think others will like it & find it useful for them. Good luck with your work. ;-)


  18. you are fantastic. i've been looking to try out some similar solution without leaving blogspot and without re porting all of my re existing product pages with new ones on perhaps another server.

    never knew paypal had such services until now. THANKS ALOT!

  19. Wow! This is what I've been looking for. Thank you. Very Informative! Las Vegas Web Design

  20. Can I use other ecommerce software, such as Google checkout?

  21. Can I use other ecommerce software, such as Google Checkout, on Blogspot/Blogger?

  22. You can use any tool which works including Google Checkout.

  23. Google Blogger is very generous unlike the free and allow lots of things that forbid

  24. yeah!, it's a a good start point for people who want to add a cart, thank for the post I will try it in myOnline shopping
    thanks again

  25. Hello!

    Are there any methods other than using paypal? If i'm not wrong, if you withdraw money from your paypal account, there will be a charge.

  26. You may want to try Google Check or other payment gateways. However, I am quite sure there will also be charges for something. Unless you are a charity with a huge bank account, no one can provide everything free for all things/forever.

    I think I will follow up with an update on Google Checkour when I find the time

  27. hey you done great job man.....keep rtocking...

  28. I found the information very useful and valuable and now, I am going to add a shopping cart to my site and blog.

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  29. I appreciate your post, I have book marked this internet site so ideally I’ll see much more on this subject in the foreseeable future!

  30. Is there some third party softwares that could be installed.inorder to get an attractive shopping cart

  31. Anonymous3/29/2011

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  32. Just added this to my blog, thanks for the advice, i would never have known.. Cheers

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  34. It is an informative post. It is true that if you want to use a shopping cart than you must have a PayPal account. It is a good information to add a shopping cart in our blog.

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  35. Wow, finally someone explained it so that even I can understand it. Thanks so much.

  36. This thread has great information on shopping. A friend of mine told me about this cool app that allows you to get instant feedback from your Facebook friends on whether you should buy something or not (for themselves or as a gift). Here's the link - I think the app is coming out around Black Friday but you can sign up now:

  37. thanks for such an informative blog post, this one will surely benefit many.

  38. Thank you for this great info! I need it for my site < >

  39. Thank you!! Really useful and will check it out now now now!!

  40. Thanks for your information.Paypal merchant tool is good which makes the shopping easy in payments.
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  43. Cheers! thanx for the help


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