Integrating Paypal into Member Assembler

Creating an account with PayPal so that you can accept credit card payments during your Membership Sign-up is easy. All you need to do is create a business account with PayPal and then enter some information into your Control Panel. Remember, setting up a business account with PayPal is free, however it will involve transaction fees not associated with and in addition to your Small Farm Central subscription plan. This article will walk you through all the steps you need to take to get set up.

Note - To see a comparison of all of the Member Assembler Checkout options read the article "Checkout Options Explained".

If you would like some help getting set up, Paypal has provided us with a representative who is familiar with Small Farm Central and will work with you over the phone:

Curtis Keierleber
Office 402.935.2131
Fax 877.605.6881
Hours 9-6 CST (M-F)

You can also create an account on your own. To create a business account with PayPal visit in the PayPal website at: and click on “Sign Up” in the upper right corner.

  1. Click “Get Started” under the business prompt. See below:
       Figure 1. PayPal Business Sign-up

  2. Choose the “Standard” plan on the left by clicking the Get Started button. You can also read more about the features of this plan by clicking on the "Learn More" link underneath this button.

  3. On the next screen, click the Create New Account button, select the correct country and language options, then click the Create New Account button again. This will take you to a form where you must fill in the fields about your business and your contact information. See below:

  4. After you’ve successfully filled out your information, you’ll need to verify the email address that you’ve associated with your PayPal account. Sign into the email account that you used for PayPal set-up and follow the instructions in the email that you receive from PayPal.

  5. When you have verified your email address, log in to your PayPal account and click on the “Profile” tab in the navigation bar at the top of the page. See below:
       Figure 2. Profile Tab in PayPal Account Settings

  6. Click on the "My Selling Tools" link at the bottom of the sidebar on the left. Then click the "Update" link next to the API (Application Program Interface) Access section. See below:
       Figure 3. API Access Section Outlined

  7. Click on the "Request API Credentials" link under "Option 2". Next, select the button next to the "Request API Signature" option, read the "API License Agreement and Terms of Use" and then click on the Agree & Submit button.

  8. The next screen will have the information that you'll need to paste into your SFC control panel. This information is removed for security purposes in the screenshot below: Paypal_06.PNG
       Figure 4. API Information

  9. Keep your current browser window open and open a new browser window. Log in to the Small Farm Central Control Panel and navigate to:    Member Assembler > Configure > Checkout

  10. Select one of the payment options that includes PayPal payment from the "Payment Options" drop-down menu.

  11. You will see a space appear for your PayPal API Username, Password, and Signature. Just copy and paste from the PayPal screen right into the SFC control panel. Don't forget to click the Submit Changes button when you are finished! Be aware that your Paypal API Username and Password are not the same as your Paypal Login Username and Password - copy the information as it appears on the API credentials page in Paypal.

Congratulations! You are now all ready to accept credit card payments through PayPal for your membership sign-ups.

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