Getting started with a super simple PayPal shop on a flat HTML site.
Seems to me there are two ways to go:
1. Use PayPal's button generator
You follow their instructions and they'll generate a button for you. The button will have a 13 digit code which identifies your item's details. You paste that into your HTML.
2. Submit your own form to PayPal
You copy the nuts and bolts of the PayPal form as above, but you haven't gone via their generator so there's no 13 digit code. You have to pass through the item details (in the form of
amount fields). The
business field is your email address in plain text.
In both cases you're submitting to
Is that a fair summary?
I can see that the advantages of method 1 are:
Your business/email address doesn't have to be in plain view client side
User can't change the price/item details client side
PayPal is making some sensible default decisions about currency etc that you don't have to worry about.
However the advantage of method 2 is that you generate all your own HTML form code and if you've got dozens of products it's much easier and more flexible not to have to labour through PayPal's generator button by button (I know they let you create a new button from existing, but that's still slow). Basically you don't need to duplicate your inventory inside PayPal's site.
Is there anything else fundamental that we're missing, because right now we're minded to go with method two for the sake of speed, flexibility and manageability.