Setting Up PayPal Express Checkout (EE)

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Note: This article provides information about how to set up PayPal in Magento Enterprise Edition (EE). The information is based on and EE 1.13; some options here might not apply to earlier versions. For information about earlier versions, see Setting Up PayPal for Your Magento Store.

imagePayPal Express Checkout gives you the ability to accept payment by either credit card or from the PayPal account of your customer. During checkout, the customer is redirected to the secure PayPal site to complete the payment information. The customer is then returned to your store to complete the remainder of the checkout process.

The setup includes the following steps:

Step 1: Configure Your PayPal Account

  1. Before you begin, you must configure your PayPal merchant account on the PayPal website.
    1. Log in to your PayPal Advanced account at manager.paypal.com.
    2. Go to Service Settings > Hosted Checkout Pages > Set Up, and make the following settings:
      AVS“No”
      CSC“No”
      Enable Secure Token“Yes”
    3. Save the settings.
  2. PayPal recommends that you set up an additional user on your account. To set up an additional user, do the following:
    1. Go to manager.paypal.com and log in to your account.
    2. Follow the instructions to set up an additional user.
    3. Save the changes.

Step 2: Complete the Required Settings

Note: You can have two PayPal solutions active at the same time: Express Checkout, plus an All-In-One solution. If you enable a different solution, the one you used previously will be automatically deactivated.

Complete the following steps to begin the configuration from the Admin panel of your store.

  1. From the Admin panel, select System > Configuration.
  2. In the Configuration panel on the left, under Sales, select Payment Methods.
  3. In the Merchant Location section, select the Merchant Country where your business is located.
  4. If necessary, click to expand the PayPal Express Checkout section, and click the Configure button.
    PayPal Express Checkout
    PayPal Express Checkout
  5. Under Required PayPal Settings, in the Express Checkout section, complete the following settings:
    1. Enter the Email Address that is associated with your PayPal merchant account.

      Important! Email addresses are case sensitive. To receive payment, the email address you enter must match the email address specified in your PayPal merchant account.

    2. Set API Authentication Methods to one of the following:
      • API Signature
      • API Certificate
    3. If necessary, click the Get Credentials from PayPal button. Then, complete the following:
      • API Username
      • API Password
      • API Signature or API Certificate
    4. If you are using credentials from your sandbox account, set Sandbox Mode to “Yes.”
      If necessary, click the Sandbox Credentials button and follow the instructions to set up your testing environment.
    5. To indicate that a proxy server is used for establishing the connection between Magento and the PayPal payment system, set API Uses Proxy to “Yes.” If you select Yes, fill in the two additional fields for the proxy host and proxy port.
  6. When these sections are complete, set Enable this Solution to “Yes.”
  7. PayPal Express Checkout Required Settings
    PayPal Express Checkout Required Settings
You have now completed the Required PayPal Settings. At this point, you can either continue with the Basic and Advanced Settings, or click the Save Config button. You can always come back later to fine-tune the configuration.

Step 3: Complete the Basic Settings

  1. If your store has multiple views, make sure to set the Current Configuration Scope box in the upper-left corner to the view where these settings apply.
  2. In the Basic Settings - PayPal Express Checkout section, complete the following:
    1. Enter a Title to identify this payment method during checkout. It is recommended to set the title to “PayPal” for each store view.
    2. If you offer multiple payment methods, enter a Sort Order number to determine the sequence in which PayPal Payments Standard is listed with the other methods. Payment methods appear in ascending order based on the Sort Order value.
    3. Set Payment Action to one of the following:
      AuthorizationApproves the purchase and puts a hold on the funds. The amount is not withdrawn until it is “captured” by the merchant.
      SaleThe amount of the purchase is authorized and immediately withdrawn from the customer’s account.
      OrderThe amount of the order is neither captured nor authorized in the customer’s balance, bank account, or credit card at PayPal. The Order payment action represents an agreement between the PayPal payment system and the merchant, which enables the merchant to capture one or more amounts up to the “ordered” total from the customer’s buyer account, over a maximum of 29 days. After the funds are “ordered,” the merchant can capture them at any time during the following 29 days. Capturing of the order amount can be done only from the Magento backend, by creating one or more invoices.
      If set to “Order,” complete the followng fields:
      Authorization Honor Period (days)Defines how long the primary authorization stays valid. The value should be equal to the corresponding value in your PayPal merchant account. The default value in your PayPal merchant account is 3. To increase this number you need to contact PayPal. The authorization becomes invalid at 11:49 p.m., U.S. Pacific Time, of the last day.
      Order Valid Period (days)Defines how long the order remains valid. When the order becomes invalid, you can no longer create invoices for it. Specify the value equal to the Order Valid Period value in your PayPal merchant account. The default value in your PayPal merchant account is 29. To change this number, you need to contact PayPal.
      Number of Child AuthorizationsDefines the maximum number of authorizations for one order; that is, the maximum number of the online partial invoices you can create for one order. The number in this field should be equal to the corresponding setting in your PayPal merchant account. The default number of child authorizations in your PayPal account is 1. To increase this number, you need to contact PayPal.
    4. To display the “Check out with PayPal” button on the Shopping Cart page, set Shortcut on Shopping Cart to “Yes.”
    5. To display the “Check out with PayPal” button on the Product Detail page, set Shortcut on Product View to “Yes.”
Basic Settings - PayPal Express Checkout
Basic Settings - PayPal Express Checkout

Step 4: Complete the Advanced Settings

  1. Click to expand the Advanced Settings section. Then, complete the following:
    1. Set Payment Applicable From to one of the following:
      All Allowed CountriesAccepts payment from the countries already specified in your configuration.
      Specific CountriesAccepts payments from only the countries you specify. Hold the Ctrl key down and in the Payment Applicable From list, click each country where you accept payment.
    2. Set Debug Mode to “Yes” to write communications with the payment system into the log file. The log file for PayPal Payments Advanced is payments_payflow_advanced.log.

      Note: Note: In accordance with PCI Data Security Standards, credit card information is not recorded in the log file.

    3. To enable host authenticity verification, set Enable SSL verification to “Yes.”
    4. To display a full summary of the customer’s order by line item from the PayPal site, set Transfer Cart Line Items to “Yes.”
      • To also include up to ten shipping options in the summary, set Transfer Shipping Options to “Yes.” (This option appears only if line items are set to transfer.)
    5. To determine the type of image used for the PayPal acceptance button, set Shortcut Button Flavor to one of the following:
      Dynamic(Recommended) Displays an image that can be dynamically changed from the PayPal server.
      StaticDisplays a specific image that cannot be dynamically changed.
    6. To allow customers without PayPal accounts to make a purchases with this method, set Enable PayPal Guest Checkout to “Yes.”
    7. Set Require Customer’s Billing Address to one of the following:
      YesRequires the customer’s billing address for all purchases.
      NoDoes not require the customer’s billing address for any purchases.
      For Virtual Quotes OnlyRequires the customer’s billing address for virtual quotes only.
    8. To specify whether the customer can sign a billing agreement with your store in the PayPal payment system when there are no active billing agreements available in the customer account, set Billing Agreement Signup to one of the following:
      AutoThe customer can either sign a billing agreement during the Express Checkout flow or use another method of payment.
      Ask CustomerThe customer can decide whether to sign a billing agreement during the Express Checkout flow.
      NeverThe customer cannot sign a billing agreement during the Express Checkout flow.

      Note: The store owner needs to apply to PayPal Merchant Technical Support to enable the billing agreements feature. The Billing Agreement Signup parameter must be enabled only after PayPal confirms that billing agreements are enabled for your merchant account.

  2. Complete the following sections as applicable for your store:
  3. When finished, click the Save Config button to save the settings.
  4. PayPal Express Checkout Advanced Settings
    PayPal Express Checkout Advanced Settings

PayPal Billing Agreement Settings

A billing agreement is a sales agreement between the merchant and customer that has been authorized by PayPal for use with multiple orders. During the checkout process, the Billing Agreement payment option appears only for customers who have already entered into a billing agreement with your company. After PayPal authorizes the agreement, the payment system issues a unique reference ID to identify each order that is associated with the agreement. Similar to a purchase order, there is no limit to the number of billing agreements a customer can set up with your company. To learn more, see: Setting Up Billing Agreements through PayPal.

  1. At the bottom of the Advanced Settings section, click to expand the PayPal Billing Agreement Settings section.
  2. To allow billing agreements, set Enabled to “Yes.” Then, do the following:
    1. Enter a Title to identify this payment method during checkout. For example, “PayPal Billing Agreement.”
    2. If you offer multiple payment methods, enter a Sort Order number to determine the sequence in which the Billing Agreements option is listed with other methods.
    3. Set Payment Action to one of the following:
      AuthorizationWith this payment action, there is a delay between the time the payment is approved, and when the funds are withdrawn from the customer’s account. A hold is put on the funds, but the amount is not withdrawn until the funds are “captured” by the merchant.
      SaleThe amount of the purchase is authorized and immediately withdrawn from the customer’s account.
    4. Set Payment Applicable From to one of the following:
      All Allowed CountriesAccepts payment from the countries already specified in your configuration.
      Specific CountriesAccepts payments from only the countries you specify. Hold the Ctrl key down, and in the Payment Applicable From list, click each country where you accept payment.
    5. Set Debug Mode to “Yes” to write communications with the payment system into the log file. The log file for PayPal Payments Advanced is payments_payflow_advanced.log.

      Note: In accordance with PCI Data Security Standards, credit card information is not recorded in the log file.

    6. To enable host authenticity verification, set Enable SSL verification to “Yes.”
    7. To display a summary of each line item from the customer’s order on your PayPal payments page, set Transfer Cart Line Items to “Yes.”
    8. To allow customers to initiate a billing agreement from their account dashboard, set Allow in Billing Agreement Wizard to “Yes.”
    PayPal Billing Agreement Settings
    PayPal Billing Agreement Settings

Settlement Report Settings

  1. If you have signed up for PayPal’s Secure FTP Server, enter the following SFTP Credentials:
    • Login
    • Password
  2. To run test reports before “going live” with Express Checkout on your site, set Sandbox Mode to “Yes.”
  3. Enter the Custom Endpoint Hostname or IP-Address. By default, the value is: reports.paypal.com
  4. Enter the Custom Path where reports are saved. By default, the value is: /ppreports/outgoing
  5. Under Scheduled Fetching, do the following:
    1. To generate reports according to a schedule, set Enable Automatic Fetching to “Yes.”
    2. Set Schedule to one of the following:
      • Daily
      • Every 3 Days
      • Every 7 Days
      • Every 10 Days
      • Every 14 Days
      • Every 30 Days
      • Every 40 Days

      PayPal retains each report for forty-five days.

    3. Set Time of Day to the hour, minute, and second when you want the reports to be generated.
    4. PayPal Settlement Report Settings
      PayPal Settlement Report Settings

    Frontend Experience Settings

    1. Select the PayPal Product Logo that you want to appear in the PayPal block in your store. The PayPal logos are available in four styles and two sizes. Options include:
      • No Logo
      • We Prefer PayPal (150 x 60 or 150 x 40)
      • Now Accepting PayPal (150 x 60 or 150 x 40)
      • Payments by PayPal (150 x 60 or 150 x 40)
      • Shop Now Using PayPal (150 x 60 or 150 x 40)
      • Tip: Use the Layout Editor to control the placement of the PayPal block in your store. It can be set to appear in the sidebar of your home page and catalog pages.

    2. To customize the appearance of your PayPal Merchant pages, do the following:
      1. Enter the name of the Page Style that you want to apply to your PayPal merchant pages. The options include:
        paypalUses the PayPal page style.
        primaryUses the page style that you identified as the “primary” style in your account profile.
        your_custom_valueUses a custom payment page style, which is specified in your account profile.
      2. In the Header Image URL field, enter the URL of the image that you want to appear in the upper-left corner of the payment page. The maximum file size is 750 pixels wide by 90 pixels high.

        Note: PayPal recommends that the image be located on a secure (https) server. Otherwise, the customer’s browser may warn that “the page contains both secure and nonsecure items.”

      3. Enter the six-character hexadecimal code, without the “#” symbol, for each of the following:
        Header Background ColorBackground color for the checkout page header.
        Header Border Color2-pixel border around the header.
        Page Background ColorBackground color for the checkout page and around the header and payment form.
      PayPal Frontend Experience Settings
      PayPal Frontend Experience Settings

    See also:

    Getting Started with PayPal Express Checkout

    Setting Up Billing Agreements through PayPal

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