Integrating PayPal Payments Advanced with CafeCommerce

For some people, PayPal Payments Standard just doesn't fulfill their needs in the delicate game of ecommerce payment gateways. PayPal heard their cries and created PayPal Payments Advanced. After pooling our vast natural resources, and cashing in all of our favors, we have created this tutorial to help the people craving PayPal Payments Advanced on their CafeCommerce site to correctly set up their accounts and to troubleshoot any issues that might arise.

Step 1 > Upgrade your PayPal account

The first step is the one step we can't help you with. You will need to contact PayPal Support, and they will aid you in setting up your PayPal Payments Advanced account. Once the sign up process is completed, come back here, and we will help you configure your PayPal Payments Advanced account for use with CafeCommerce.

NOTE: Make sure to write down the Partner, User, Merchant Login, and Password for your PayPal Payments Advanced account for later use.

Step 2 > Configure your PayPal account

The second step is something that we can help you with. When your PayPal Payments Advanced account was created, most of the settings needed are correct by default, but just to be safe we need to make sure your PayPal is configured correctly to work with the glory of CafeCommerce.

  1. Log into your PayPal Manager

  2. This can be found at http://manager.PayPal.com

  3. In the main navigation, click Service Settings
  4. Click the Set Up link
  5. Make sure the following settings on the Set up page are configured as shown:

  6. Use Silent Post = "Yes"
    Enable Secure Token = "Yes"


  7. Click Save Changes
  8. In the sub-navigation, click Customize
  9. Select Layout C
  10. Click Save and Publish

Your PayPal is now awesome. Next up, we're going to configure our CafeCommerce account.

Step 3 > New CafeCommerce accounts

This section is for users with new CafeCommerce accounts that haven't been previously configured to use PayPal

  1. Log into your CafeCommerce admin
  2. Go to your Dashboard (youraccountname.mycafecommerce.com/admin/store/dashboard.php)
  3. Click the Configure your checkout button

  4. Alternatively, this can be reached by clicking the Settings tab, then clicking the Checkout button.

  5. Under the PayPal Payments Advanced section, change the store location drop down to your current country
  6. Click the Configure button
  7. Enter the Partner, User, Merchant Login, and Password for your PayPal Payments Advanced account that PayPal gave you
  8. Click the Save Settings button

Radical! You are now set up to use PayPal Payments Advanced!

Step 3 > Existing CafeCommerce accounts

This section is for users with existing CafeCommerce accounts that are currently configured to use a payment gateway

  1. Log into your CafeCommerce admin
  2. Click the Settings tab
  3. Click the Checkout button
  4. Change the Payment Gateway drop down to PayPal Payments Advanced (US only)
  5. Enter the Partner, User, Merchant Login, and Password for your PayPal Payments Advanced account that PayPal gave you
  6. Click the Save Settings button

Righteous! You are now set up to use PayPal Payments Advanced!

What to do next...

We did it! With the power of love we have gotten you up and running using PayPal Payments Advanced! The next step is to try some test transactions to make sure everything went through correctly, and then you're good to get out there and start selling!

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