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#1   patrickalexson

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Posted 23 March 2009 - 02:50

* I am aware that this may be all over the forums but just in case, Id like to present it to everyone. This is a very short, to the point tutorial detailing how to setup the standard version of PayPal Website Payments.

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How to Setup and Configure PayPal Website Payments Standard Module

Before you do anything with the module you need to check that you have setup OSC correctly to the language you are going to use, the Location of your shop and the Currency you are to use or you will get all sorts of funny errors like missing tax, wrong currency, prices missing from your web site etc. So lets spend a minute looking through the Admin pages making sure the basics are right.

1. Login to your Admin page and go to Configuration > My Store
2. Work your way down the list of settings and make sure that you have setup all the sections
3. Pay particular attention to 'Switch to Default Language Currency' if you turn this on (true) and your shop is outside the US the prices will disappear from your website
4. At the bottom of the list set the decimal places for the tax in your location (leave at zero if you sell goods that don't attract tax) and also set 'Display Prices with Tax' if you need to charge sales tax or VAT
5. Next go to Locations / Taxes and set the country your shop is in, the tax zone it is in if you need to charge tax and then Tax Zones, Classes and Rates - exactly how to do this is beyond the scope of this tutorial but there is plenty of help in the forums for setting up the various national tax requirements.
6. Next go to Localization and setup the currencies you want to be able to accept. Remember it is most important to set your national currency as the default currency or your site will display all its prices in US Dollars and pass those prices to PayPal as US Dollars too.
7. Next set the Default Language for the site and add any other languages you wish to offer
8. Make a note of the changes you have made as you will need them for the next step - setting up PayPal

Setting up PayPal

First a word of warning. If you put PayPal into a search engine to find the home page and setup a business account you will end up on the US PayPal site - OK if you live in the USA but not so good if you live elsewhere as there are quite a few differences in the way PayPal handles payments directed to UK shops or those in the EEC. Like wise the Australian shops have specific requirements so make sure you are logging in to your National branch of PayPal. I am in the UK so I will go through the steps needed for a UK site - I'm afraid you will have to look at the PayPal help pages for your local settings.

1. Find the PayPal login page for your Country
2. Login to your account or sign up for a new account for your shop (sales@<yourshop>.co.uk is a good one for UK shops) don't forget to make a mailbox for this email address and to add it to My Store in the Send Extra Order Emails to section
3. Once you have an account and are logged in, go to Profile and in the right hand column click on Payment Receiving Preferences
4. In here you have the choice of accepting just your default currency, or having other currencies converted. We found that having them converted let us accept orders from EEC countries as well as the UK
5. Block multiple payments so that you don't get duplicate orders
6. Set the Credit Card Statement Name so that customers will recognise payments to you on their Credit Card Statements when they pay that way through PayPal
7. Save the page and go to Profile>Instant Payment Notification Preferences
8. Activate Instant Payment Notification
9. The notification URL should be http://<your web site>/catalog/checkout_process.php
10. Save the page then go to Profile>Website Payment Preferences
11. Turn on Auto Return
12. Set the return URL to http://<your website>/catalog/ipn.php
13. Leave Payment Data Transfer set to off as this module doesn't support it (You need PayPal Pro for that)
14. Using this module you are using PayPal to handle all your Credit Card payments so you don't need encrypted payments. If you do want to have them you need to buy a SSP certificate and that is beyond the scope of this tutorial so set Encrypted Website Payments to off
15. To ensure that customers are returned to your site and you are notified of the order details you need to make set PayPal account optional to off
16. As your customers have already supplied their phone number when they created an account with you, you don't need to ask them for it again. Turn Contact telephone number off
17. As this module doesn't use Express Checkout, Say no to Support Giro and Bank Transfer Payments
18. Save the page then go to Custom Payment Page Styles
19. In here you can change the colour of the PayPal page, add your logo to the payment confirmation page and generally integrate the PayPal page with your site

Setting up PayPal in osCommerce

1. You will see that there is a PayPal Website Payments Standard module showing
2. Uninstall both PayPal and PayPal IPN if you have already installed and activated them
3. Install PayPal Website Payments Standard
4. Click on the Edit button in the right hand column
5. Set Enable PayPal Website Payments Standard to True
6. In email address put the address you have used to set up your PayPal account
7. Check on the forums if you need to set a payment zone - in the UK accepting only GBP you don't and can leave this as none
8. Set preparing Order Status to Preparing [PayPal Standard] to intercept bad orders or ones that don't complete
9. Set PayPal Acknowledged Orders Status to Processing
10. Set the Gateway Server to Sandbox while testing but remember to set it to live when testing is over
11. Set Transaction method to Sale
12. Set Page Style to PayPal
13. Set the Debug E-Mail Address to the email address you want emails from PayPal to go to about orders that are not completed or any problems with payment NB. It should not be the same email address you use for your PayPal account
14. Set the sort order of display to where you want the PayPal option to come in your payment options list in the shopping cart. Low numbers come first in the list but 0 comes at the end so be careful what you choose
15. If you aren't using encrypted payments you can ignore the rest of the list - we don't use them so I haven't found out what they are for other than they are something to do with secure websites (https://) the module works just fine without them.

Right you are now ready to start sending through test purchases. I hope this tutorial helps you to set up and configure PayPal for your osCommerce site - the above instructions worked just fine for us and we are now getting completed orders through without any errors.

#2   jbowyer

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Posted 03 April 2009 - 03:47

Thanks for the tips. I'm going live with my site and needed to set this up and test it out. What a time-saver!!

Cheers!

Jeff

#3   jbowyer

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Posted 03 April 2009 - 04:20

Thanks for the tips. I'm going live with my site and needed to set this up and test it out. What a time-saver!!

Cheers!

Jeff



After setting it up I did a test purchase (sandbox) and keep getting a message (red bar) saying "Please select a payment method for your order.". In the "Payment Method" box at checkout it just says " This is currently the only payment method available to use on this order. " It doesn'l list, or show icons for, PayPal, Visa, MasterCard, etc.

Have I missed a step somewhere? Shouldn't there be an image showing the payment methods available with PayPal???

Thanks.

Jeff

#4   johntraynor

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Posted 08 April 2009 - 10:21

Hi all,
I'm in the midde of setting upthe paypal standard module. I followed your instructions above but it's still not working properly so I must be doing something wrong. Can anyone answer the following questions

1: On our website, after installing the standard paypal modue when we go to checkout it is asking the buyer for the credit card number on our site. Our site is not encryped so obviously we need it to go to the paypal site. What are we doing wrong. why is it not going ot the paypal site?

2: Anyone know how to encrpt our site and use https - What are the beneits if paypal is authorizing the transactions

Thanks in advance

John

#5   rammohaniaf

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Posted 11 April 2009 - 08:10

Hi Everyone,
I am beginner in OSCommerce, the KB and Documentation have good instructions and most unanswered issues are being solved here. Hope I too get my problem solved here.

I am struck in applying template and Paypal implementation.

1) When I googled for free templates i got good number of resources but most of them have not provided proper instructions for implementation, some look like PSD too. Can anyone provide some instructions to properly apply the template /skin please.

2) I have registered in Paypal developer and got API credentials for Sandbox Test. When I tried to configure my OSC in Paypal Express Checkout and when I test as customer on my cart, it just refreshes and nothing happens? this appears as URL " [url="http://localhost/catalog/shopping_cart.php?""]http://localhost/catalog/shopping_cart.php?"[/url] /localhost/catalog/shopping_cart.php...438d861c58324f5 ".

So can any of u experts help me with proper procedure for this please.

I tried to get a live account API credentials but ' Please verify your Account Profile before obtaining API certificate' appears on my Paypal.

Please help me.

Edited by rammohaniaf, 11 April 2009 - 08:24.


#6   rammohaniaf

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Posted 11 April 2009 - 08:28

Hi Everyone,
I am beginner in OSCommerce, the KB and Documentation have good instructions and most unanswered issues are being solved here. Hope I too get my problem solved here.

I am struck in applying template and Paypal implementation.

1) When I googled for free templates i got good number of resources but most of them have not provided proper instructions for implementation, some look like PSD too. Can anyone provide some instructions to properly apply the template /skin please.

2) I have registered in Paypal developer and got API credentials for Sandbox Test. When I tried to configure my OSC in Paypal Express Checkout and when I test as customer on my cart, it just refreshes and nothing happens? this appears as URL " [url="http://localhost/catalog/shopping_cart.php?""]http://localhost/catalog/shopping_cart.php?"[/url] /localhost/catalog/shopping_cart.php...438d861c58324f5 ".

So can any of u experts help me with proper procedure for this please.

I tried to get a live account API credentials but ' Please verify your Account Profile before obtaining API certificate' appears on my Paypal.

Please help me.


Hi Everyone,
I am beginner in OSCommerce, the KB and Documentation have good instructions and most unanswered issues are being solved here. Hope I too get my problem solved here.

I am struck in applying template and Paypal implementation.

1) When I googled for free templates i got good number of resources but most of them have not provided proper instructions for implementation, some look like PSD too. Can anyone provide some instructions to properly apply the template /skin please.

2) I have registered in Paypal developer and got API credentials for Sandbox Test. When I tried to configure my OSC in Paypal Express Checkout and when I test as customer on my cart, it just refreshes and nothing happens? this appears an URL

(localhost/catalog/shopping_cart.php?error_message=&osCsid=8c10e271eeb381317438d861c58324f5)

So can any of u experts help me with proper procedure for this please.

I tried to get a live account API credentials but ' Please verify your Account Profile before obtaining API certificate' appears on my Paypal.

Please help me.

#7   Boom

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Posted 14 April 2009 - 21:02

Quick question... using PayPal Website Payments Standard, will this work as an ADDITIONAL option or will I be forced to ONLY take paypal?

My goal is to either take credit cards (normally) or allow them to choose PayPal. Just wanted to be sure before I installed this mod.

Boom

#8   bold_handsome

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Posted 19 April 2009 - 13:22

12. Set the return URL to http://<your website>/catalog/ipn.php


I don't find any ipn.php on my catalog folder plz solve this matter

#9   noellieb

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Posted 20 April 2009 - 18:15

12. Set the return URL to http://<your website>/catalog/ipn.php


I don't find any ipn.php on my catalog folder plz solve this matter


Hope this helps!!!

You have to download the PAYPAl _IPN contribution first then follow the instructions that come with it. It contains your ipn.php file and in fo where to put it etc.... Then this forum will come very handy!!!

#10   bkellum

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Posted 23 April 2009 - 00:37

Hope this helps!!!

You have to download the PAYPAl _IPN contribution first then follow the instructions that come with it. It contains your ipn.php file and in fo where to put it etc.... Then this forum will come very handy!!!



Not true. This thread is supposed to discussing the Website Payments Standard PayPal module that comes with osC RC2a and could be downloaded at the following link for older shops:

http://www.oscommerc...tributions,5655

The return URL should be www.mysite.com/checkout_process.php
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#11   SuperBaby

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Posted 15 June 2009 - 13:42

Referring to the PayPal module that comes with the standard osCommerce v2.2 installation:

After searching this forum for nearly an hour, I am confused over which one to use:
This one looks more correct to me:

8. Activate Instant Payment Notification
9. The notification URL should be http://<your web site>/catalog/checkout_process.php
10. Save the page then go to Profile>Website Payment Preferences
11. Turn on Auto Return
12. Set the return URL to http://<your website>/catalog/checkout_success.php

This looks suspicious to me as BOTH are set to the same URL:

8. Activate Instant Payment Notification
9. The notification URL should be http://<your web site>/catalog/checkout_process.php
10. Save the page then go to Profile>Website Payment Preferences
11. Turn on Auto Return
12. Set the return URL to http://<your website>/catalog/checkout_process.php



#12   wholesaletothepublic

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Posted 31 July 2009 - 14:45

Is there really any differences between setting up the UK and the US pay-pal? you know, aside from the currency and the log-in page and all.

#13   wholesaletothepublic

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Posted 31 July 2009 - 15:02

just in case anyone needs extra help;

www.netwebbing.com/software-reference-library/osc-community-contributions/00140-paypal-website-payments-standard

Edited by Jan Zonjee, 02 September 2009 - 21:06.


#14   wholesaletothepublic

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Posted 31 July 2009 - 15:27

3. Once you have an account and are logged in, go to Profile and in the right hand column click on Payment Receiving Preferences



what do i do in this situation?

Edited by Jan Zonjee, 23 January 2010 - 07:37.


#15   aimantur

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Posted 19 August 2009 - 13:18

Where the heck can I find the Payment Receiving Preferences in my paypal acc. just upgraded to premium...

#16   ecartz

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Posted 02 September 2009 - 16:48

This looks suspicious to me as BOTH are set to the same URL:

8. Activate Instant Payment Notification
9. The notification URL should be http://<your web site>/catalog/checkout_process.php
10. Save the page then go to Profile>Website Payment Preferences
11. Turn on Auto Return
12. Set the return URL to http://<your website>/catalog/checkout_process.php

If you set the notification URL with the standard module, you would set it to http://<your web site>/catalog/ext/modules/payment/paypal/standard_ipn.php (remove or replace catalog as needed for your site); however, you do not need to set it to anything, as the module will set the notification and return URLs on every transaction. Thus, setting the wrong value here is mostly harmless. The return URL should be checkout_process.php, as it will finish processing and redirect to checkout_success.php

The IPN contribution might have it set to go to checkout_success.php, because it moves some of the processing from checkout_process.php to its IPN processing module. In any case, that module is different from the standard module and the instructions should not be mixed between the two.
Always backup before making changes.

#17   Arron Brown

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Posted 02 September 2009 - 17:06

This recipient does not accept payments denominated in WS_Error_XClick_Pref_Foreign_Currency. Please contact the seller and ask him to update his payment receiving preferences to accept this currency os commerce

Im recieving this error when going through to the paypal payment page. Here are the settings of the module i currently have

Enable PayPal Website Payments Standard
Do you want to accept PayPal Website Payments Standard payments?

True


E-Mail Address
The PayPal seller e-mail address to accept payments for

email address of my paypal account

Payment Zone
If a zone is selected, only enable this payment method for that zone.

none

Set Preparing Order Status
Set the status of prepared orders made with this payment module to this value

preparing

Set PayPal Acknowledged Order Status
Set the status of orders made with this payment module to this value

processing


Gateway Server
Use the testing (sandbox) or live gateway server for transactions?

live

Transaction Method
The processing method to use for each transaction.

Sale

Page Style
The page style to use for the transaction procedure (defined at your PayPal Profile page)

Paypal


Debug E-Mail Address
All parameters of an Invalid IPN notification will be sent to this email address if one is entered.

other email address

Sort order of display.
Sort order of display. Lowest is displayed first.

1

Enable Encrypted Web Payments
Do you want to enable Encrypted Web Payments?

False

Your Private Key
The location of your Private Key to use for signing the data. (*.pem)


Your Public Certificate
The location of your Public Certificate to use for signing the data. (*.pem)


PayPals Public Certificate
The location of the PayPal Public Certificate for encrypting the data.


Your PayPal Public Certificate ID
The Certificate ID to use from your PayPal Encrypted Payment Settings Profile.


Working Directory
The working directory to use for temporary files. (trailing slash needed)


OpenSSL Location
The location of the openssl binary file.


can anyone help?

#18   hydro

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Posted 16 October 2009 - 17:25

If you set the notification URL with the standard module, you would set it to http://<your web site>/catalog/ext/modules/payment/paypal/standard_ipn.php (remove or replace catalog as needed for your site); however, you do not need to set it to anything, as the module will set the notification and return URLs on every transaction. Thus, setting the wrong value here is mostly harmless. The return URL should be checkout_process.php, as it will finish processing and redirect to checkout_success.php

The IPN contribution might have it set to go to checkout_success.php, because it moves some of the processing from checkout_process.php to its IPN processing module. In any case, that module is different from the standard module and the instructions should not be mixed between the two.


I have used the PayPal_IPN before, but can't seem to work correctly. Anyway, I have just downloaded and install the PayPal Website Payment Standard. I think I might have changed Checkout_proces.php for the IPN. Should I use the original checkout_process.php for the PayPal Website Payment Standard?

#19   Wayne Weedon

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Posted 22 January 2010 - 18:56

I have followed the intructions set out at the beginning of this thread, and all seems to work as it should (I think!)

Anyway one question, if on paypal profile the return (IPN) is set to http://<your web site>/catalog/checkout_process.php

will this have any affect on non <your web site> paypal transactions? ie ebay etc?

My site has not gone live yet, and I am still trading on ebay for the time being.

Wayne....

Edited by Wayne Weedon, 22 January 2010 - 18:57.


#20   ALH

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Posted 20 February 2010 - 01:24

I don't know if this is still an active forum but I am wondering: I've tested the checkout process in paypal payments standard and everything works fine with the exception that it does not give the end-user the ability to just checkout with their credit card. They HAVE to Login or create a PayPal account to purchase. How can I fix this? Thanks.

-ALH