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PayPal Express Checkout – What We Need

PayPal Express Checkout

PayPal Express Checkout gives your customers the ability to choose PayPal payment during the checkout process. Your customer is redirected to the secured PayPal website to complete the payment process. Upon completion, the customer is then redirected back to your store/website to complete the remaining checkout process.

If you are going to use PayPal Express Checkout as your payment gateway provider, then we will need a few things from you in order to get your website integrated with PayPal. This article will explain that.

Get a PayPal Account

You first need to have a PayPal business account to set up PayPal Express Checkout payment gateway. If you don’t have an account, please sign up here:

Remember that any account set up with PayPal is in your company's name. Webstix does not do this for you. You need it in your name so that the funds go to your account and so that you pay their fees.

Once you get your PayPal account, you should login and go through the brief questions that they ask there in order to set up your account.

Application Program Interface (API)

Next, to set up PayPal Express Checkout on your Magento store/website, Webstix needs the API login details from you.

We need the Application Program Interface (or “API” as we say in our industry) login credentials to put into Magento so that we can establish a secure connection to PayPal’s servers.

The difference between a normal login and API login is:

  • The PayPal login information is used to login to the PayPal website using a web browser.
  • The API login details are for your website to connect and communicate to PayPal’s server using a secure connection.

Here is the list of what we will need from you:

  1. Email address associated with your PayPal merchant account
  2. API username
  3. API password
  4. API signature

Here is how a sample PayPal API login would look like:

  1. API Username: krick_api1.ebay.com
  2. API Password: R2CV5XCLEYEMQ7RH
  3. API Signature: ACxwNDtvO2nsXs2fa4ldAjRq98TA204

You may refer to these resources to help you get us your API credentials from your PayPal business account:

https://www.putler.com/support/faq/how-to-get-paypal-api-username-password-and-signature-information/

https://developer.paypal.com/docs/classic/api/apiCredentials/

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