How it Works
If you are using PayPal Website Payments Pro or our Add PayPal Express Add On with another main site gateway option, there is a “Select Payment Method” box on the checkout page.
The Code Recipe
Some Special Notes
Make sure you download and place the logos in this .zip file in the appropriate place for your CSS. If you are using a PMPro Customizations file with custom CSS, you would place them in an “images” folder within your customizations plugin. If you are placing this code in your theme’s stylesheet, just place the images in your theme’s images folder.
Also, update or use your own Credit Card logos image if you don’t or can’t accept all of the payment options shown in the image. You can get additional credit card logos here.
If you’d like to use a different PayPal button at checkout, below is a code recipe and links to the buttons available through PayPal.
Button Options offered by PayPal
Check out with PayPal
/* Large */
/* Medium */
/* Small */
Buy now with PayPal
/* Large */
/* Medium */
/* Small */
See all PayPal Buttons or visit the PayPal logo center for more options
Or, create your own.
You can also create your own PayPal button and host it on your own website, just make sure you load it over the https protocol if you are using SSL on your website.
/* Custom */
This recipe uses the
pmpro_paypal_button_image filter. Update line 7 of the code recipe to either the desired PayPal logo URL or the URL for the custom button you created.
Copy and paste this code recipe into a helper PMPro Customizations plugin.
See all hooks and filters
If you’re using PayPal as a gateway on your membership site, below is some information about a September 2015 update to require SHA-256 Compliance. This affects all sites using PayPal for Instant Payment Notification (IPN) on a non SHA-256 compliant server.
It is very likely that your hosting company or server has already been updated to support these new security requirements. However, if you are using an SSL certificate on your site (and especially if it was installed more than a few months ago), you may need to have your certificate reissued.
Read on for more details on how to test your SSL certificate and server and what to do.
What should you do?
If you have an SSL certificate on your site, make sure that it is SHA-256 encoded.
You can use a tool like SSL Labs to test your SSL certificate. The “encoding algorithm” must be SHA-256 or higher. If your SSL certificate is out of date, you will need to have your SSL certificate “reissued” and “reinstalled”. Both your SSL provider and host should do this for you free of charge.
If you aren’t currently using an SSL on your site, it appears that the PayPal IPN requests will still be sent over a non-SSL/HTTPS URL and this update wouldn’t apply.
If you don’t have an SSL certificate on your site, you should be able to use PayPal Standard and Express without and SSL certificate just as you were before. No update is required.
If you manage your own dedicated or virtual private server, upgrade your SSL software.
If your server’s SSL software is out of date, it may be vulnerable to certain attacks that have been discovered in the past year. The instructions for updating your software will be different depending on your specific hosting environment and operating system. Follow up with the company you are leasing your server from or find documentation for your specific setup.
No update to the Paid Memberships Pro software or settings is required.
Any action required by these changes in PayPal’s infrastructure will need to be done at the hosting level.
NOTE: These updates are in response to an industry-wide security upgrade and are not unique to PayPal. They will help secure your website’s interaction with the PayPal website and Application Programming Interface (API). Not all merchants are required to make these changes. Please ensure you are prepared for this event by consulting with your technology team, website vendor or the individual(s) responsible for your PayPal integration.
Read more about this update on the PayPal 2015-2016 SSL Certificate Change Microsite
Paid Memberships Pro integrates with many flavors of PayPal. See this comparison chart for details on each option, plus a guide on how to set up your selected PayPal gateway under “Memberships” > “Payment Settings”.
See the Comparison Chart
The chart includes links to setup guides for each gateway option. Here’s that list for reference:
Easily add PayPal Express in addition to your primary integrated processor, such as Stripe or Authorize.net.
Get the PayPal Express Add On