Setting Up PayPal Payments Standard (CE)

(also known as “Website Payments Standard” outside the US)

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PayPal Payments Standard offers your customers a one-step method to pay for an order by redirecting them to PayPal to complete the transaction. If you enable the PayPal Account Optional setting in your merchant Premier or Business account, the customer can pay directly with a credit card, without requiring a PayPal account. If you disable this setting, the customer is required to create an account with PayPal to pay the order amount. This setting is enabled by default.

The setup includes the following steps:

Step 1: Complete the Required Settings

Note: PayPal Payments Standard cannot be enabled simultaneously with any other PayPal method, including Express Checkout. If you change payment solutions, the one you used previously is disabled.

  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. Under PayPal All-in-One Payments Solutions, in the PayPal Payments Standard section, click the Configure button.
    PayPal Payments Standard CE
    PayPal Payments Standard
  5. In the Required PayPal Settings section, enter the Email Address that is associated with your PayPal merchant account.
  6. Set Enable this Solution to “Yes.”
  7. PayPal Payments Standard
    PayPal Payments Standard

    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 2: Complete the Basic Settings

  1. If your store has multiple views, such as for different languages, 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 section, do the following:
    1. Enter a Title to identify this payment method during checkout. It is recommended that you use the title “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.
    3. Set Payment Action to one of the following:
      • Authorization: With 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 from the customer’s account until the funds are “captured” by the merchant.
      • Sale: The amount of the purchase is authorized and withdrawn from the customer’s account at the same time.
  3. Continue with the Advanced Settings in the next section.
  4. PayPal Payments Standard Settings
    PayPal Payments Standard Settings

Step 3: Complete the Advanced Settings

  1. At the bottom of the Basic Settings section, click to expand the Advanced Settings section. Then, do the following:
    1. Set Payment Applicable from to one of the following:
      • All Allowed Countries: Accepts payment from the countries already specified in your configuration.
      • Specific Countries: Accepts payments from only the countries you specify. Hold the Ctrl key down and click the name of each country where you accept payment.
    2. To run PayPal Payments Standard in a test environment before “going live” with your store, set Sandbox Mode to “Yes.”
    3. To display a summary of each line item in the customer’s order on your PayPal payments page, set Transfer Cart Line Items to “Yes.”
    4. To record communications with the payment system in the log file, set Debug Mode to “Yes.”

      Note: The log file is stored on the server and is accessible only to developers. In accordance with PCI Data Security Standards, credit card information is not recorded in the log file.

    5. To enable SSL verification, set Enable SSL verification to “Yes.”
  2. When complete, click the Save Config button to save your settings.

See also:

Getting Started with PayPal Payments Standard

Setting Up Billing Agreements through PayPal