So, I did it.
I mean…I DID IT!!
It was grueling. It was a touch embarrassing and it took waaaaay longer than I ever thought it would but I successfully set up Woo Commerce on a WordPress site using Paypal as the dominant payment vehicle. In retrospect it really wasn’t that hard. It just demanded a level of attention to reading arcane instructions that surpassed me for a while.
Sandboxing is the way to go about it. Initially, I was worried about having to mess with real cash. And once I’d set up my own account and got my server dudes to set up SSL on my site, it all came together.
A happy client and a happy designer!