Accepting online payments using PayPal Payments Advanced
PayPal Payments Advanced is a payment gateway that allows you to accept online payments on your Wild Apricot website. Before you can set up your Wild Apricot site to work with PayPal Payments Advanced, you must set up an account with PayPal.
Paying using PayPal Payments Advanced
Once you've integrated your PayPal account with your Wild Apricot site, visitors to your site can pay online for membership fees and event registrations, and make donations.
When a visitor fills out an integrated online form on your Wild Apricot website (e.g. membership application or event registration) and chooses to pay online, they will be redirected to PayPal's site to make the payment.
From here, they can log into their PayPal account or pay with their credit or debit card.
After the payment is processed, the visitor is returned to the Invoices and payments tab on their member profile, where an invoice will appear, along with a payment entry, if the payment was successful.
Setting up your PayPal account
To accept online payments through PayPal Payments Advanced, you must have a Business or Premier PayPal account.
To configure your PayPal account to work with Wild Apricot, you need to log into your PayPal Manager, then click the Service Settings tab and adjust the following settings on the Set Up page.
- Select GET as the Cancel URL Method under Display options on payment page.
- Under Payment Confirmation:
- Set Show confirmation page to On my website.
- Set the Return URL to
- Set the Return URL Method to GET.
- Under Silent Post Data Transfer:
- Set Use Silent Post to Yes.
- Set the Silent Post URL to
- Under Security Options:
- Set Enable Secure Token to Yes.
- Set Enable Secure Token to Yes.
- Click Save Changes.
Integrating your PayPal account with Wild Apricot
Once you've set up your PayPal account, you can integrate it into your Wild Apricot site.
What you need to get started
To integrate your PayPal Payments Advanced account with Wild Apricot, you'll need the following information:
|Partner||The ID provided to you by the authorized PayPal reseller who registered you for PayPal Payments Advanced. If you purchased your account directly from PayPal, use PayPal.|
|Merchant Login||Your merchant login ID that you created when you registered for the account.|
If you have set up multiple users on your account, you'll need the ID of the user authorized to process transactions. If you haven't set up additional users on the account, then enter your merchant ID as the user. To manage users on your account, go to your PayPal account and click the Manage Users tab under Account Administration.
The password you created when you registered for the account.
Payment settings for PayPal Payments Advanced
To integrate your PayPal Payments Advanced account into your Wild Apricot site, follow these steps:
- Under the Settings menu, click Finances.
- From the Finances settings screen, click Payment settings.
- On the Payment settings screen, click the Edit button.
- Click the Payment system drop-down list and select PayPal Payments Advanced.
- If you want to begin accepting online payments immediately, click the Live radio button. If you want to test your settings using test or sandbox accounts provided by PayPal, click the Test/Sandbox radio button. While in test mode, your payment provider will accept or decline your test transactions as it would live transactions, but will not charge any credit cards or update any bank accounts. Wild Apricot will, however, create payment records and update Wild Apricot balances as it would with live transactions. For more information, see Live vs. test/sandbox modes.
- In the Merchant login field, enter your merchant login ID that you created when you registered for your PayPal Payments Advanced account.
- In the Partner field, enter the ID provided to you by the authorized PayPal reseller who registered you for PayPal Payments Advanced. If you purchased your account directly from PayPal, use PayPal.
- In the User field, enter the ID of the user authorized to process transactions on your account. If you haven't set up additional users on the account, then enter your merchant ID.
- In the Password field, enter the password you created when you registered for your PayPal account.
- Click Validate account to make sure your PayPal account details are valid. If the account validation fails, check to make sure you entered the account details properly.
- Click the Default country drop-down list and select the country where the majority of your visitors reside. Your selection will appear as the default country to your customers.
- Select the currency you want to use in your transactions.
Note: Do not change the currency after your site begins accepting online payments. If you change the currency, existing payment records will not be recalculated and will no longer display correct amounts.
- In the Instructions fields, add payment instructions to be displayed to your customers.
- Click Save changes.
Now that you have set up your Wild Apricot site to receive online payments, a Pay online button will appear after a visitor to your site clicks the Confirm button while applying for membership or registering for an event.
Recurring payments are not supported within PayPal Payments Advanced.
If someone trying to pay an invoice on your site receives a Checkout Error: PayPal Express Checkout is not setup on this account message, you should make the following change to your PayPal account:
- Go to PayPal and log into your PayPal Manager.
- Click the Service Settings tab.
- Click the Set Up link.
- Within the Choose your settings section, switch the Transaction Process Mode from Test to Live.
If you have any other troubles processing payments with PayPal Payments Advanced:
- Try to run a test transaction yourself and see what message you get from PayPal. You can then contact PayPal support with exact details.
- Check your PayPal account type. To accept credit card payments, you need Business or Premier account. Personal PayPal accounts cannot accept credit card payments. (See Which account type is right for you?)
- See Failed online payments
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