IgnitionDeck Documentation

PayPal Standard

PayPal Standard is appropriate to use if you wish to provide Immediate Capture funding and/or simple subscriptions. For IDE users, capturing crowdfunding fees are not supported with PayPal Standard so Stripe with Stripe Connect is recommended. To read more about the capabilities of the different payment gateway options in IgnitionDeck Commerce (IDC), please see our documentation page called Choosing Payment Gateways.

NOTE: Taking IDC payments via PayPal requires at least a business-level PayPal account. To learn more about PayPal account types, see PayPal’s documentation on account types.

NOTE: It is a good idea to review PayPal’s documentation page called “Crowdfunding Application Guidelines“.PayPal_std

  1. Navigate yoursite.com/wp-admin > IDC > Gateways > PayPal
  2. Check the box to “Enable PayPal” (you may need to first uncheck the box for PayPal Adaptive).
  3. Enter your PayPal account email address (this is the email address that PayPal will make payments to).
  4. Enter the Return URL. This should be http://mysiteurl.com/dashboard/
  5. (IDE only – optional) Check the “Enable for Creators” if you want project creators to be able to capture funds directly.
  6. Save your Gateway Settings.

In your PayPal account you should also set up the return URL for your site.  This is done in Profile > Selling Preferences > Website Payment Preferences.  The correct format is your site’s URL with the appropriate HTTP or HTTPS and includes the dashboard link (i.e. http://mysiteurl.com/dashboard).

In your PayPal account, set up the Instant Payment Notification.  This is a good tool for troubleshooting any payment issues and is done in Profile > Selling Preferences > Instant Payment Notification Preferences.  The correct format is your site’s URL with the appropriate HTTP or HTTPS; it should not include the /dashboard or /?memberdeck_notify=pp (deprecated).

Once you’ve set up your payment gateway(s), you will probably want to perform some test transactions to make sure everything is working properly. For some tips on testing your payments gateway(s), see our documentation page called Payment Gateway Testing.


  • If the password link to complete the account on the site after paying with PayPal results in an error, make sure that a page titled Membership Registration (slug: membership-registration) is published and available on the site