About the Add On

This plugin enables a radio select on the membership checkout page, allowing a user to select their preferred payment method for purchase. PayPal offers peace of mind to buyers that have concerns paying you directly by giving them a layer of protection when making purchases online.

Offer PayPal as payment method at checkout

Note: to add the credit card and PayPal logos, follow the steps in this tutorial.

The PayPal Express gateway is included for free in the core Paid Memberships Pro plugin. This Add On is only needed for sites that offer a different primary gateway (like Stripe) and want to add PayPal Express as a secondary payment option.


You must have the Paid Memberships Pro plugin installed and activated with a valid license type to use this Add On.

  1. Navigate to Memberships > Add Ons in the WordPress admin.
  2. Locate the Add On and click “Install Now”.
    • To install this plugin manually, download the .zip file above, then upload the compressed directory via the Plugins > Add New > Upload Plugin screen in the WordPress admin.
  3. Activate the plugin through the Plugins screen in the WordPress admin.


  1. Navigate to the Memberships > Payment Settings admin page.
  2. Select the “PayPal Express” gateway from the “Payment Gateway” dropdown list.
  3. Enter your PayPal Express API key, username, and password set in the appropriate fields [docs].
  4. Click “Save Settings”.
  5. Now (after inputting your PayPal Express settings and clicking save), switch back to your primary gateway by selecting your gateway from the “Payment Gateway” dropdown list.
  6. Click “Save Settings”.
  7. The PayPal Express settings will be remembered “in the background”.

Navigate to your Memberships Checkout page and preview the new “Choose Your Payment Method” box. We also advise testing checkout via PayPal to ensure that the connection is working.

Video Demo

Important Notes

This plugin will only work when the primary gateway is an onsite gateway. At this time, this includes:

  • Stripe
  • Braintree
  • Authorize.net
  • PayPal Payflow Pro

This is a Standard Add On.

Standard Add Ons are included in all premium membership plans.