If you need to take payments on your site, you can use PayPal links :)
There isn’t currently support on WordPress.com for an integrated ecommerce system (shopping cart, checkout page, etc). If that’s more of what you had in mind, you’ll want to look into setting up a different kind of WordPress site called self hosting :)
This is the single best article I’ve ever seen on the differences: https://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/11/14/com-or-org/
This page has a handy guide for moving a site from here to there:
Thanks Chad1008! We’re just getting started so appreciate the tips.
How do I add a shop page to the main menu options?
There is no secure payments system here at wordpress.COM and you cannot add a shopping cart to sites hosted by wordpress.COM regardless of upgrades.
E-commerce options have been removed here at WordPress.COM. Secure payment systems are not available here at wordpress.COM. You need a wordpress.ORG install. Please read this https://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/e-commerce-22?replies=17#post-2575955
There is no FTP access to any wordpress.com sites. WordPress.com sites have some built in plugins http://en.support.wordpress.com/plugins/. However, if you are reading anything that makes you think that we bloggers can install plugins, advertising, custom themes or third party themes on sites hosted by wordpress.COM, then you are mistaken/misinformed. We have never had that ability. You are confusing wordpress.COM hosted blogs and wordpress.ORG installs on paid hosting.
Provided you are selling only what you yourself make or a providing service that you personally provide on a wordpress.COM site, or you are asking for donations you have two options.
(1) PayPal – Know that the only instructions that will work for posting a PayPal donation button on a WordPress.com blog are found here http://en.support.wordpress.com/paypal/
Note that the PayPal email link is not supported and PayPal customization options are not supported either https://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/paypal-button-41?replies=12#post-2517229 This is not likely to be changed any time soon, if at all.
(2) If you set up an eCommerce site somewhere else online you can create a custom menu http://en.support.wordpress.com/menus/ and include a custom link to that site in it. http://en.support.wordpress.com/menus/#adding-custom-links
Some bloggers create a contact form https://en.support.wordpress.com/contact-form/ on a page and after the people have made a PayPal donation they provide the link to a private page for downloading files. Maybe that will work for you.
If what I provided above at (1) and (2) do not suit you, then this guide will explain how to move your WordPress.com site to another hosting platform: Moving to Self-Hosted WordPress where you can set up a secure payment system http://move.wordpress.com
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