To set up this gateway, you will need your PayPal account’s:

  • Gateway Account Email

Payment Settings Setup for Paid Memberships Pro

  1. In your site’s WordPress admin, navigate to the “Payment Settings” tab in the “Memberships” section.
  2. Select “PayPal Standard” from the “Payment Gateway” drop-down.
  3. Select “Live/Production” from the “Gateway Environment” drop-down. Note: Using PayPal in “Sandbox/Testing” mode is possible but requires you to have a separate PayPal Sandbox account and be logged in to that environment prior to initiating tests.
  4. Enter your PayPal Account Email in the “Gateway Account Email” field.

SSL is not required when using PayPal Express

When your customers make payment, checkout takes place on the PayPal website. The customer’s payment information is never shared.


How to Set your PayPal IPN Notification URL

You should always set the IPN URL in your PayPal settings when using Paid Memberships Pro with any of the various PayPal gateways. Please refer to this guide on how to set, enable, and turn on the IPN URL in your PayPal account.

PayPal Instant Payment Notifications Settings Page
This is how your PayPal account’s Instant Payment Notifications Settings Page should look.

Payment methods available to your customer

PayPal Standard allows your customer to pay with their PayPal account or a Credit Card. The customer can even checkout as “Guest”, eliminating the need for each customer to have a PayPal account. You can disable Credit Card as a payment option within your PayPal Account Profile.


Please Note: PayPal accepts payments with a credit card, linked bank account, or PayPal balance. A PayPal account is optional if your member is signing up for a one-time payment membership level. If they are signing up for a subscription, they will need to connect the payment to an existing or new PayPal account. In other words, the member can fund the subscription any way they choose, but they are required to have a PayPal account.