Naturally when you are creating an ecommerce website one of the most important things you are going to do is integrate it with a payment gateway. Today my focus is going to be showing you how to do this using PayPal Pro and the Shopp ecommerce plugin for WordPress.
You are going to need the following before going any further:
- Shopp ecommerce plugin
- A WordPress website
- A PayPal account with the option to have PayPal Pro
- PayPal Pro Add-on for the Shopp plugin – Click here to get it
Okay, now that you’ve got everything and the Shopp plugin has been installed you are going to need to go to Shopp | Settings | Payments when you are logged into your WordPress site. Because you’ve already installed the Add-On for PayPal Pro by this point when you click on the “Select a Payment System…” drop down menu you will notice the option for PayPal Pro, go ahead and select it.
Next, give this payment method an “Option Name” that reflects what it is. For instance, I named mine “Credit Card” because I am accepting credit cards. You’ll also notice that you can choose to accept certain credit cards with PayPal Pro or all.
Now we get to the fun stuff, you are going to need to generate some information from PayPal including your PayPal API Username, PayPal API Password and your PayPal API Signature. The cool thing is that if you’ve setup a PayPal Sandbox then you can run test payments through the sandbox by checking the “Use the PayPal Sandbox” checkbox option.
Once you’ve tested your PayPal Pro integration thoroughly you can promote it to your production website and you should be good to go when it comes to accepting payments using PayPal Pro.
Point of Interest: It normally makes sense to test before making anything available to all those people coming to your website especially if you are accepting payments. In Shopp there is a payment system called “Test Mode” that you can use when you are testing before officially rolling out a live payment system option like PayPal Pro.