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PrestaShop – Shopping Cart Setup Instructions

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

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Log in to your PrestaShop account.

  2. At the top of the page, find the “Modules” option and highlight it, then click “Payment” at the bottom of the menu.

  3. Under the “Modules list” scroll to the right to find “PayPal”. Choose “Install” and click “Submit.”

  4. Once successfully installed, you will automatically be taken to a list of all installed modules, with PayPal highlighted. Click on the “Configure” link in the PayPal module box.

  5. On the Configuration Page select "Yes"

    • Already have a PayPal Business account?: Select “Yes”.

  6. Under “Select your Solution” click the option for “Choose Website Payments Standard.”

  7. Under “Process Payments on your Online-Shop” you will first need to click “Get My PayPal API Credentials.” This will generate a login window for you to enter your PayPal account email and password. Once you have logged in, the window will display your API credential information.

  8. Copy and paste the API username, API Password and Signature codes from the login window into the fields in Prestashop. Make sure to select the entire Signature code – the full text is longer than displayed in the login window.

  9. Under “Configuration Options” make sure the following settings are correct:

    • Express Checkout shortcut: Select “Yes
    • Use a Sandbox: Select “Live mode (recommended)
    • Payment type: Choose “Direct sales”* or “Authorization/Manual capture”**

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

    ** “Authorization/manual capture” 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.

  10. Click “Save” to apply your settings. You are now ready to accept payments through your shopping cart.

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