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How To Customize The New PayPal Checkout Page

PayPal has just introduced one of the first major changes to its checkout process in years.  Shiny new branding and checkout page styling options are being rolled out for merchants to take advantage of.

The new checkout pages have been rated faster in usability testing by PayPal which helps tremendously to reduce shopping cart abandonment.

Also introduced with the update are custom payment page styles which allow PayPal members to include two branded logo images and surrounding border colors displayed as a gradient.

New page styles can be applied to all of PayPal’s eCommerce options:

  • Buy Now button
  • Checkout button
  • Donation button
  • PayPal Shopping Carts
  • PayPal Website Payments

Follow these simple steps to create a custom style for your PayPal checkout.

Step 1. Navigate to Profile Summary

Step 2. Navigate to Custom Payment Pages

Step 3. Add New Page Style

Step 4. Enter Your Logo Image URLs

Your logo should be resized to 190×60 pixels. It’s a pretty small space, so be sure to eliminate any whitespace in your logo by cropping it first.

The large 750×90 pixel banner image and additional border color options are also available, but are optional.

Step 5. Enter Color Code

You may find the Colorzilla addon for Firefox or EyeDropper extension for Chrome helpful for this step.

Do not include the # sign when pasting your hex color code here.

Step 6. Set Default OR Add Page Style Variable to Code

Once saved, you have the option to make your new custom page style the default for your account.

If you accept payments for more than one business or service, I recommend you add the “page_style” variable to define the name of a style for each of your checkout buttons or shopping cart code.


Your PayPal checkout should now feature your logo and accompanying colors. Here’s to a better branded, more seamless checkout experience for your customers!

Are you happy with these improvements? Are you planning on using all of the new page style options or just some? Please leave a comment below with your thoughts or consider sharing this how-to guide with a fellow PayPal merchant.

This article is from DotSauce Magazine.

How To Customize The New PayPal Checkout Page


30 Handpicked Expired .Com Domains Available To Register

Expired .Com Domains

It’s been awhile since the last available domains list here at DotSauce, but the wait is over. Today’s list features 30 domains, most of which are quality two-word combinations with clear development and resale potential.

Also included is a bonus set of five-letter pronounceable domains.

Register domains through this promo link to GoDaddy for just $7.49 per year.


Register domains through this promo link to GoDaddy for just $7.49 per year.

Please note!

  • Do not re-post this domain list anywhere.
  • Be sure to use a reputable bulk lookup tool.
  • Do not bulk register; only claim the domain(s) you truly want.

I plan to spend more time on domain research in the coming weeks, so these lists will start to appear more frequently. Your comments, feedback and support always help motivate me to provide these lists for free.

If you don’t want to miss the next round of handpicked expired domains: subscribe via RSS or follow @DotSauce on Twitter.

This article is from DotSauce Magazine.

30 Handpicked Expired .Com Domains Available To Register

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COMMUNITY Becomes First Show Ever to “air” Twittersode

Leading into the season premiere of COMMUNITY, NBC and Sony Pictures Television will debut a COMMUNITY “Twittersode” Thursday, September 23 at 4:00p.m./PT (7:00p.m./ET). This event marks a first-of-its-kind digital marketing effort between NBC, Sony Pictures Television, and the characters of the comedy series COMMUNITY.

Just prior to the East Coast premiere of COMMUNITY, an exclusive “Twittersode,” comprised of 80 tweets, will unfold between everyone’s favorite COMMUNITY characters. The “Twittersode” will act as a prequel “scene” to the premiere episode and will focus on events leading up to the start of the characters second year at Greendale Community College including, making arrangements for their first meet up of the year as well as preparations for their first class, Anthropology 101.

The entire “Twittersode” event will be presented at www.NBC.COM/CommunityTwittersode

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World’s First Solar-Powered Air Conditioning Unit

I know what you’re thinking, the Sun is hot and the AC is not. I know, I know, but China-based Shandong Vicot Air Conditioning Co. has build the first ever solar-powered air conditioning unit. The unit was displayed at the 2010 World Solar-Powered Air Conditioning Development Forum in Dezhou, China.

The AC unit can reach an 85% thermal cooling conversion efficiency and is 27 times more efficient at converting solar insulation to cool air than the average solar-powered water heater.

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How the ‘First Down’ Yellow Line Works

Possibly one of the greatest additions to the viewer experience of football games has been the addition of the digital first down marker, or, the yellow line. Being able to know where on the field a runner needs to cross in order to get a first down has put an end to many an argument and enhanced the information a viewer can take in while watching the game.

But how does it work? Well, it’s complicated, but this video from NBC does a good job of explaining how they get that yellow line onto the field and not only that, but how they get the yellow line to appear as if it is really on the field, underneath the players.

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SidewaysBike Is Not Your Father’s Bicycle

Besides being the weirdest bike you’ll see all day, Michael Killian’s SidewaysBike is either a revolutionary way to get from place to place or a quirky apparatus to work on your balance.

Introducing a new bicycle invention by myself, Michael Killian. This bicycle is ridden forward and is balanced by using human Left to Right balance. This bicycle uses independant (non linked) Front and Rear steering. The ride is very wavy sort of like skiing with a capacity to drift to the right or left. The front and rear steering makes the bike much more maneuverable than a single steer bike. Your hands are by your side and you don’t exert a lot of pull on the steering. Its sort of like riding a horse where you cannot lean on the reins but all body movements come out of your seat and saddle. The saddle is nessicarily a unicycle saddle (You would slip forward off a regular bike saddle). I would predict that the audience for this bike would be teenagers to young adults.


Salt and Pepper Robots

How do you take one of the most boring household staples and turn it into something awesome? Turn ‘em into robots, that’s how. These robot salt and pepper shakers may not do your laundry or make you breakfast, but they sure can make your dinner table look awesome.

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UX Magazine Proposes Getting Rid of URLs in Browsers, Public Outcry Ensues

One of the most well-respected Usability publications on the web, UX Magazine recently made an affront against the URL bar. The article author, Devin Coldewey illustrates a bold proposal for replacing URLs with website navigation.

The article sparked a lot of intrigue and caught a bit of heat. In this post I’ll share my take and observations on the matter.

Replacing Your Location Bar

The proposed system would move URL data to a standardized meta tag within website code, which would look something like this:

<nav order=”1″></nav>

And could generate breadcrumb-style navigation and other dynamic data as shown in this example:

The idea is intriguing and would definitely be beneficial to users navigating websites internally. It could even spark the rise of some new unified layer of the web for website navigation. Though I doubt it will be seen in your browser anytime soon.

Public Speaks Out In Defense of URLs

What I would like you to take away from this post is that  domain names and URLs are a much needed, useful and valuable part of both the infrastructure of the web and the browsing experience.

The proposal sparked a lot of conversation and positive remarks, though many more people opened up to respectfully disagree.

I’d like to share these interesting quotes from public comments in response to the UX Magazine article.

The URL…is the single greatest innovation of the web. A simple string can pass through literally any human communication system. Speech, print, text messaging, anything. – neilk

…the URL bar, if used properly by the website, can be extremely useful. – Sunny Singh

There is also the matter of phishing which a transparent URL scheme, and better user awareness, can help in. We don’t want to hide the URL. – Paul M. Watson

They’re simple strings. You can bookmark them, copy them and send them to people. – []

The URL bar has a useful, standardized, documented purpose. Please don’t try to turn a hammer into a screwdriver. – Bernadette

URLs are the definitive indication of location on the net, and any obfuscation of them would be detrimental to location awareness. – telic

URLs are brilliant because they are separate from navigation; that’s a feature, not a bug. – neilk

The Url is the foundation of the hyperlink, and the hyperlink is the innovation that glues the entire WWW together. – brc

How About a Compromise?

A few other commentators and another UX Magazine author proposed adding dynamic functionality to the URL itself.

The example given is that sub-folders could be clickable and function as alternate means of navigation. I think this is a better concept. A useful Firefox plugin called Locationbar2 (shown left) is already moving in that direction.

In fact, I wouldn’t mind having the full unified navigation, so long as it was placed below my URL bar.

Ultimately, the responsibility lies with the website owner to optimize their domain name, URLs and navigation.

What side of the fence are you on? Do you think browser developers should change how we browse the web or will URLs be the standard for years to come? I’m interested to read your comments.

This article is from DotSauce Magazine.

UX Magazine Proposes Getting Rid of URLs in Browsers, Public Outcry Ensues

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