PayPal Checkout

PayPal Checkout is a payment system that you can use to accept online credit card payments on your website. You can use it for one-time payments or recurring payments.

If you enable a payment system other than Wild Apricot Payments, and your organization is based in the US or Canada, a 20% Payment System Servicing Fee will be applied to your account's billing plan on your next renewal date. For more information, click here.  

Paying using PayPal Checkout

Once you've integrated a PayPal account with your Wild Apricot site, visitors to your site can pay online for membership fees and event registrations, and make donations.

With PayPal Checkout as your payment system, your members and other contacts will be redirected to a PayPal site when they choose to pay online. They will have the option of paying by credit card, debit card, or using PayPal. 

After they have completed payment, they will be returned to your Wild Apricot site.

Setting up your PayPal account

Instructions for third-party payment systems are provided as a courtesy and may contain out of date information or screen clips. For the latest instructions, consult PayPal's website.

To accept online payments using PayPal Checkout, you must have a PayPal account, either Business, Premier, or Personal (some limits might apply on Personal accounts, please contact PayPal for more details). If you don't have a PayPal account already, you can create one as part of the integration process.

Recurring payments

So that you can accept recurring payments with PayPal Checkout, make sure that Merchant Initiated Billing (aka Reference transactions) is enabled for your PayPal account. You can either wait up to 2 weeks for this to occur automatically or you can contact PayPal yourself and request the change. You may receive an email notification from PayPal about this option being enabled.

Integrating your PayPal account with Wild Apricot

Once you have set up your PayPal account, follow these steps to integrate it with your Wild Apricot site:

  1. Click the Settings menu to display the Global settings screen.
  2. Click Payment settings under Your account.
  3. On the Payment settings screen, click the Edit button. If you don't see an Edit button at the top of the screen, scroll down to the bottom of the screen and click Other payment settings, then click the Edit button on the screen that appears. payment settings-Ot0.png

  4. Click the Payment system drop-down list and select PayPal Checkout.
  5. Click the Connect to PayPal button.
  6. Sign into your PayPal account or follow the instructions to create one.
  7. After signing in, click the Go back to Wild Apricot button.
  8. Select the default country you want to display to the customers for online payments.
  9. Select the currency you want to use in your transactions. (This should match your PayPal account.)
    Note: Do not change the currency after your site begins accepting online payments. If you change the currency, existing payment records will not be recalculated and will no longer display correct amounts.
  10. Add payment instructions to be displayed to the customer.
  11. Click Save changes.

Now that you have set up your Wild Apricot site to receive online payments, a Pay online button will appear after a visitor to your site clicks the Confirm button while applying for membership or registering for an event.


If you encounter problems using PayPal Checkout to process transactions on your Wild Apricot site, check the following:

  • Contact PayPal to see if there are any issues with your PayPal account (you may have missed some payments, for example).
  • Check your Wild Apricot audit log for transaction errors and compare them to the list of PayPal error codes.


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