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OpenCart – Shopping Cart Setup Instructions

This guide will show you how to configure OpenCart to use PayPal as your payment processor for both credit cards and PayPal Payments.

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Log in to your administration account.

  2. Mouseover “Extensions” and select “Payment.”

  3. Scroll down to the option for “PayPal Standard” and click “Install” (or “Edit” if you have previously installed PayPal in OpenCart) to enable PayPal.

  4. In the “E-Mail” field enter the email address you used to open your PayPal account.

  5. Make sure the following settings are correct:

    • Test Mode: Choose “No
    • Transaction Method: Choose “Sale”* or “Authorization”**
    • Geo Zone: Choose “All Zones
    • Status: Set this to “Enabled

    * Sale means that a customer’s account will be charged as soon as they make their purchase and is simpler to use than authorization.

    ** Authorization means that the bank will verify that the customer has enough funds to make the purchase, and guarantees that those funds will be available for the next three (3) days. However you will still need to actually charge them, in a process known as payment capture, later. This is useful if you do not want to charge customers until their item has shipped, for example.

  6. Click the “Save” button in the upper right corner. You are now ready to accept payments through your shopping cart.

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