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PayPal Payment Configuration

PayPal can accept payments from a PayPal account or from a major credit card. In order for PayPal to process the payment, the PayPal Merchant ID and an Identity Token must be entered in the School Development program. These items are identified in your PayPal when completing the following steps in your PayPal setup.

Once you login to PayPal, click on Profile - Profile and Settings. Your Merchange account ID should be on that page. You will enter that info in the Change School Info page in School Development.

Then click on My Selling Tools. Click on Update to the right of Website preferences. Complete the items on that page as shown below.

Auto Return for Website Payments

Auto Return for Website Payments brings your buyers back to your website immediately after payment completion. Auto Return applies to PayPal Website Payments, including Buy Now, Donations, Subscriptions, and Shopping Cart.

Auto Return:  (Set Auto Return to ON)


Return URL: Enter the URL that will be used to redirect your customers upon payment completion.

Return URL: (Enter this Return URL)

Payment Data Transfer (optional)

Payment Data Transfer allows you to receive notification of successful payments as they are made. The use of Payment Data Transfer depends on your and your Return URL. Please note that in order to use Payment Data Transfer, you must turn on Auto Return.

Payment Data Transfer: (Set Payment Data Transfer to ON)


Identity Token: (Once you submit this form an Identity Token will be created and show up here. This token must be entered in the Change School Info screen in School Development.)

Encrypted Website Payments

Using encryption enhances the security of website payments by decreasing the possibility that a 3rd party could manipulate the data in your button code. If you plan on only using encrypted buttons you can block payments from non-encrypted ones.

Note: If you enable Encrypted Website Payments, all of your Buy Now, Donations, and Subscriptions buttons must be encrypted via one of the following methods:

By enabling this feature, any Buy Now, Donation, or Subscription button that is not encrypted will be rejected by PayPal.

Block Non-encrypted Website Payment: (Set Block Non-encrypted Website Payment: to OFF)


PayPal Account Optional

When this feature is turned on, your customers will go through an optimized checkout experience. This feature is available for Buy Now, Donations, and Shopping Cart buttons, but not for Subscription buttons.

PayPal Account Optional: (Set PayPal Account Optional to ON)


Contact Telephone Number

When you activate this option, your customers will be asked to include a Contact Telephone Number with their payment information.

Note: Selecting On (Required Field) could have a negative effect on buyer conversion.

Contact Telephone: (Set Contact Telephone to OFF)

On (Optional Field)
On (Required Field)
Off (PayPal recommends this option)

Express Checkout Settings

With this setting you determine if you technically support the German funding methods giropay and bank transfer in your Express Checkout implementation.

Support giropay and bank transfer payments: (Set Support giropsy and bank transfer payments to NO)