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Custom Cart Button

Previous tutorials demonstrated how to create PayPal Shopping Cart buttons on a PDF. But it's also possible to create buttons that work with a custom cart.

The instructions in this set of tutorials require a small amount of coding knowledge and may be beyond the average user, but any competent website designer should already be familiar with these techniques.

For the purpose of this tutorial, open this sample PDF as it will be used as an example.

Encoded Link

Due to differences in software, the following screenshots may not exactly match what you see.

If you downloaded the file and opened it in your PDF reader, you may see the actual HTML link as a pop-up when you hover your mouse over a button.


If you opened the PDF in your browser, you can view the link by right-clicking the button to select Copy Link Address from the menu.


Here's the actual link text from this example: NIKE VAPOR 360&on0= Color&os0=White/Black&amount= 359.99¤cy_code= USD&shipping= 9.99&return= 0&charset=UTF%2d8

Broken down, this link sends the following data:

cmd= _cart
add = 1
business = support@clevercatalogs
item_name = NIKE VAPOR 360
on0 = Color
os0 = White/Black
amount = 359.99
currency_code = USD

This is the exact same format used by PayPal and forms the basis of a custom cart as well. The only difference is the address used in the link: The Custom URL can be set on the Configuration form at the bottom of the PayPal in PDF tab.


While CleverCat Online can be completely customized for any purpose, a basic custom cart uses the PayPal format and the rest of the settings on the PayPal in PDF tab must be filled in. See the PayPal tutorials for more information.


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