FormSmarts Advanced PayPal integration is as easy to use as our popular PayPal form feature, but it provides several additional benefits, mainly:
FormSmarts standard PayPal integration is easy to use and set up as it requires no change to your PayPal account. A downside to this is that FormSmarts has no way to know if the payment went through or not, and you — the seller — needs to manually reconcile payments and order forms using the FormSmarts Reference Number. That’s usually not an issue for small sales volumes, but can quickly become so as sales increase. At this stage payment processing must be fully automated and integrated with the form processing platform. That’s exactly what FormSmarts Advanced PayPal Integration is doing. Here are the benefits:
To set up advanced PayPal integration, first create an order form with prices formatted in the same way as you would do with FormSmarts standard PayPal integration. Then visit the Forms tab of the form builder and select Integrate with PayPal using advanced integration in the Form Details screen, as illustrated below.
It’s now time to log on to your PayPal account to add your Secret PayPal URL. PayPal will use that URL to communicate with FormSmarts. You’ll find your personal URL in the Security Settings section of your FormSmarts account. Note that the URL contains your private security key and it should therefore be kept confidential.
In your PayPal Profile, go to Selling Preferences, Instant Payment Notification Preferences and paste your URL there. Make sure IPN message delivery is enabled before saving.
Important: If you have added multiple email addresses to your PayPal account, please note that your Primary PayPal email must match your FormSmarts login. That is required for FormSmarts to be able to verify that payments are sent to the correct PayPal account. You can change your login if needed.
Advanced PayPal Integration comes with all Business-level plans and doesn’t work with recurring payments/PayPal subscriptions at this time.
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