If your PayPal account is either a "Business" or "Premier" PayPal account, this module guides the customer to
the PayPal payment screens so that they do not get to the invoice screen without properly entering pay data. If they
are new paypal customers, it pre-loads their customer info from Merchant into their new paypal account. When the
customer clicks the Pay button at the PayPal site, the PayPal Instant Payment Notification (IPN) sends a silent
update back to your payment history file which can be viewed in your Merchant admin:order edit screen (business and
premier accounts). Unlike some other modules, if the customer does not return to Merchant, his order will still
be processed and email notifications sent. When returning to your store, the invoice page will be displayed.
You can also add additional instructions to inform customers what to expect at the PayPal site through the admin interface.
PayPal runs the credit card or account balance authorization using it's web accept and sends you a confirmation
email and posts the authorization back to your Merchant store. You match the Merchant notification emails
with the PayPal confirmation emails. For added security, it is advisable to check the status on the PayPal
web site (linked within Merchant admin). Once you verify that the money has been transferred to your account,
you can ship the products.
The module works with Merchant 5.x store morph technology. If you want the
transaction number to appear in the merchant notification emails, you will need to use an email module that has that
capability, e.g. the Emporium Plus Mail Manager or other 3rd party emails which can display payment methods and
This product also includes a report feature. You can list orders by any time frame and
specify only orders with a specific product code in them. You can also sort it by state or country according to their paypal.com account registration.
Optionally, the module has the ability to include an invoice message
which can be included in the invoice screen and certain emails (like Mail Manager).
You can set the store's paypal.com custom checkout screen to use when order is from your
MIVA Merchant store. This custom checkout screen at paypal.com can be different from your custom checkout screen
you use from other income sources, e.g. eBay. After the customer makes the payment at paypal.com, they can click
a button to return to your store. You can configure the text in that button, e.g. Return to Emporium Plus to complete this order.
This module is particularly useful for the small sized Mom and Pop store which does not want the added expense
of setting up Merchant credit card accounts and having to meet minimum sales quotas.
Additionally, it is a nice option for the big guys who want to offer additional payment methods besides their
regular credit card merchant account. As such, it makes online payment possible for those customers who don't
have credit cards but have built up an online balance through their own sales, e.g. through eBay. PayPal is the
predominant method of payment at eBay. There are over 78,000,000 PayPal accounts. Do not overlook these as potential
customers at your store. Over 42,000 websites accept PayPal and are listed in the PayPal Shops at paypal.com.
Can you afford not to be in that list? PayPal accounts are available to customers in the United States and many
other countries around the world. This PayPal module allows the store owner to designate any of several currencies
which PayPal accepts, e.g. USD, CAD, EUR, etc. See paypal.com site for info on the current international currencies
you can have as a default. For those currencies not directly accepted, this paypal module allows for a conversion
to USD from the currency your store is using.
In some cases, customers may have problems with their PayPal account. Take a look at the virtual terminal service that PayPal (paypal.com) offers (for a monthly fee) as this might solve the issue with those few customers who cannot use PayPal or do not want to use PayPal. Included in our paypal.zip file for Merchant 5.x is the Emporium Plus Phone In Payment module ($20.00 if ordered separately).
If you are not familiar with how PayPal works, check it out. If you like it, sign up, then add this payment option to your store.
The module currently fully supports the mivasql configuration of MIVA Merchant 5. It also supports MySQL as long as load balancing has the data stored on the single MySQL server and
permissions are set correctly on the data
directories. This would be the case in most of the server setups. If you are using Merchant 5.x and your host is web.com, you will not be able to use this module due to the way they configure their servers. There are no known issues with