The PayPal Express Checkout Smart Payment Buttons Payment Gateway will allow your attendees to pay for their event registrations using a credit cards, debit cards, PayPal funds, Venmo, and more.
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This payment gateway is a plugin for WordPress and can be installed through your WP dashboard (WP-admin).
Download the latest version of the PayPal Express Checkout Smart Payment Buttons payment gateway for Event Espresso 4 from your Event Espresso account page.
Then login to your WordPress dashboard (WP-admin) and go to Plugins. Next, click on Add New –> Upload and browse to the plugin on your computer. Then select the zip file and begin the upload process. Wait for the plugin to upload and then click on Activate.
Locate your Credentials for PayPal Express Checkout Smart Payment Buttons Payment Gateway
This extension uses the REST API from PayPal which can be found on developer.paypal.com.
Here are the steps to find your credentials for accepting payments:
1) Go to developer.paypal.com
2) Click on the button to Login into Dashboard and sign in using your PayPal.com account credentials
3) You’ll then see the My Apps & Credentials dashboard
4) Scroll down and look for REST API Apps
5) Click on the button to create a new app
6) Type a name for the App (e.g. Event Espresso) and click the button to create the app
7) You’ll now see your Sandbox API credentials. Use the toggle in the top right to click on Live
8) Your Live API credentials will now be visible
You can then copy and paste the Client ID and the Secret into the payment methods page for PayPal Express Checkout Smart Payment Buttons within your WP dashboard and then click on the Update Settings button. You’ll then be ready to accept payments on your site through PayPal Express Checkout Smart Payment Buttons.
Setup and Configuration
An account with PayPal is needed to accept payments through the PayPal Express Checkout Smart Payment Buttons payment gateway.
A dedicated SSL certificate is recommended to secure your WordPress website.
Login to your WP-admin (WP Dashboard) and go to Event Espresso –> General Settings –> Payment Methods. Once on the Payment Methods screen, click on PayPal Express Checkout Smart Payment Buttons and click on the button to activate the payment method.
Below are the available fields and explanations for each field.
Name – This is the name of the payment method.
Description – This description is shown during registration checkout.
Admin-Only Name – This is a name of the payment method that will only be shown in the WP Dashboard (WP-admin).
Admin-Only Description – This description is used only in the WP Dashboard (WP-admin).
Debug Mode On? – Enables debugging for this payment method. It should be off (set to no) on a live/production site.
Open by Default? – This sets this payment method to be pre-selected on the registration checkout page.
PayPal REST API App Client ID – This credential is needed to process payments and can be found in your developer.paypal.com account.
PayPal REST API App Secret – This credential is needed to process payments and can be found in your developer.paypal.com account.
Button shape – Choose the shape of the payment buttons.
Button size – Choose the size. Venmo requires the full-width option.
Usable From? – Select where this payment method should be available for use. This payment method cannot process payments through the WP-admin (WP Dashboard).
Order – The value (number) can be used to sort or arrange this payment option. A lower value means that it should appear first during registration checkout.
Update Settings – Click this button after making any changes to your payment method.
Deactivate Payment Method – Click this button to deactivate this payment method.
The PayPal Express Checkout Smart Payment Buttons payment gateway will let you accept payments through credit cards, debit cards, PayPal funds, Venmo and PayPal Credit. These payment options are dynamically shown based on a buyer’s location so they have flexibility in paying for their event registrations.
This is an onsite payment gateway through a modal window which means that attendees/registrants will remain on your website to complete their payment instead of being taken to a page on PayPal.com and then returned to your website.
I configured PayPal Express Checkout Smart Payment Buttons and payments are not being processed
Double-check your credentials to make sure that you are using the live credentials which are for production mode. Also, make sure that there is no extra spacing before or after the credentials in the payment methods page of Event Espresso.
How can I setup a recurring payment or subscription through PayPal Express Checkout Smart Payment Buttons?
Recurring or subscription payments are not currently supported in the PayPal Express Checkout Smart Payment Buttons Payment payment gateway.
When I refund a payment, does it also refund through PayPal.com?
Refunds in Event Espresso 4 are currently a two step process. First, apply the refund through the transactional details screen of Event Espresso in your WP-admin (WP dashboard). Then login to your PayPal merchant account and process the refund.
Is an SSL certificate needed for PayPal Express Checkout Smart Payment Buttons?
A dedicated SSL certificate is recommended if you are accepting payments on your website.
Do I need to be PCI compliant?
Compliance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) is required if you are processing, storing, or transmitting credit card data. Event Espresso recommends using a dedicated SSL certificate on your website.