Add Google Checkout Buttons next to your Paypal Buy Now Buttons in one click
February 16th, 2007 · 4 Comments
In the cool and easy tool department, here’s a nice quick hack I just finished: a tool that helps you add Google Checkout buy buttons to your PayPal Buy Now Buttons. This tool gives you an easy way to add Google Checkout as another puchase option, give your users more choice about their checkout process, and save on free transaction processing. Ecommerce is all about choice:-) Here’s how it works:
- First signup to create a Google Checkout merchant account, it takes 5 minutes. When you create your account, in the Settings/Integration tab check the box: “Allow shopping carts with name/value pairs to be sent to Google.”
- Then use the Google Checkout Buttons Appender page: it lets you add Google Checkout Buttons to any of your existing static html pages using Paypal Buy Now Buttons: you just need to specify your Google Merchant Id and the url of your site and click submit. The Google Checkout Buttons will contain the same product name, price and quantity as the existing Paypal Buttons.
- Test the new buttons to check they do what you expect: click the Checkout Buttons one the new page and determine wether the informations have been copied correctly.
- Copy the generated HTML and replace your page with it.
If you plan to use this tool often, specify your Google Merchant Id and use the link at the bottom to generate a bookmarklet. Bookmark the generated link. Then everytime you browse one of your page that contains at least one Paypal Buy Now Button, you can add Google Checkout Buttons simply by clicking on the bookmark.
This script currently only migrates simple unencrypted Paypal Buy Now Buttons that specify at values for these at least item_number, item_name and amount. It does not handle taxes and shipping. If you have pages that have more needs than that, please send me their url so that I can have some test pages to improve the tool.
Use it at your own risks: this is very much a personal work in progress. If you are interested in the source code this script is part of the open source project Google Checkout HTML API utilities. Use the project’s issue tracker to log bugs, and the Google Checkout Developer Forum for feedback.