PayPal Standard

Once the plugin is activated, navigate to Paid Member Subscriptions -> Settings -> Payments where you’ll find PayPal Standard as the Active Payment Gateway.

Make sure to check the payment gateways you want to use on your site. You can also set up a default payment gateway for accepting member payments.

Paid Member Subscriptions Payments Settings that we can set up:

  • Test Mode – By checking this option you will be able to use Paid Member Subscriptions with Test Accounts from your payment processors.
  • Currency – Select your currency. Please note that some payment gateways can have currency restrictions
  • Currency Position – Select whether the currency symbol should appear before the price or after the price.
  • Price Display Format – You can select how prices should be displayed (with or without decimals).
  • Active Payment Gateways – Select which Payment Gateways are active on your domain.
  • Default Payment Gateway – Select which Payment Gateway is selected by default inside the Registration form
  • Allow Subscription Downgrades – By checking this option, you are allowing members to downgrade their subscription plan to a lower one from the same tier.
  • Allow Subscription Change – By checking this option, you are allowing members to change their subscription to one from another tier.

Entering your PayPal API Credentials

Go to Paid Member Subscriptions -> Settings -> Payment Gateways -> PayPal Standard to enter the Email Address that is connected to your PayPal Business account.

Note – When using Paid Member Subscriptions in Live Mode use your Live PayPal Email Address inside “PayPal E-mail Address”. And in Test Mode use your PayPal Merchant Sandbox Account inside “Test PayPal E-mail Address”.

Processing a payment with PayPal Standard

If everything is set up correctly we can process our first PayPal Standard payment on our website.

We will test the payments by using Paid Member Subscriptions in Test Mode. Go to Paid Member Subscriptions -> Settings -> Payments ->Enable “Test Mode”. By checking this option you will be able to use Paid Member Subscriptions with test accounts from your payment processors.

One time payment

Inside our Registration form, we display 4 Subscription Plans: Free, Silver and Gold.

After registration, the user will need to log in to his PayPal Account.

Paid Member Subscriptions Pro - Recurring Payments for PayPal Standard - PayPal Login

After login, the user will need to confirm the payment by clicking on the “Pay Now” button.

Paid Member Subscriptions Pro - Recurring Payments for PayPal Standard - PayPal Confirm Payment

By clicking on the “Pay Now” button we complete the purchase.

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This is how the payment looks like in Paid Member Subscriptions -> Payments.

Paid Member Subscriptions Pro - Recurring Payments for PayPal Standard - Completed One Time Payment

Guest Checkout

When using the PayPal Standard gateway for payments you can allow users to checkout without an account. With this option activated, after the user is redirected to PayPal they will be able to log in or use a credit card in order to pay.

This feature needs to be enabled in your PayPal account. To activate it, go to Account Settings -> Website payments -> Website preferences and set PayPal account optional to On.

PayPal Guest checkout is available on a case-by-case basis. Very many factors – such as the country of the buyer, IP address, repeated payment attempts, and testing payments to one’s own account in the live environment – are used to determine guest eligibility. When a checkout is not guest-eligible, the buyer can still enter their card details but will also need to choose a password to create an account in the process.

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