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Paypal Sandbox? Tutorial?

Thread began 5/27/2009 11:03 am by Peterson Design Studio - jefferis | Last modified 5/27/2009 2:23 pm by Ray Borduin | 4903 views | 12 replies |

Peterson Design Studio - jefferis

Paypal Sandbox? Tutorial?

Hi, Do you have a tutorial on setting up eCart with the paypal sandbox? I think the sandbox is incredibly complex and not very intuitive...

Jeff

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Ray BorduinWebAssist

I personally would suggest not using the sandbox and doing small transactions and refunding them with your live account for testing.

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Peterson Design Studio - jefferis

Originally Said By: Ray Borduin
  I personally would suggest not using the sandbox and doing small transactions and refunding them with your live account for testing.  



That's what I did last time... I didn't know if there was some automated integration with eCart... There is/was a checkbox for the sandbox in the wizard and I left it checked on...
Where do I turn it off? All it did was prevent transactions from getting past stage 1.

Also, eCart seemed to mandate express checkout, but my client decided she doesn't want it. Is just removing the paypal button from the checkout pages sufficient to remove that option?
Jeff
BTW, thanks for your fast help!

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Ray BorduinWebAssist

I suggested not using the sandbox because so many people have a hard time updating their sandbox settings to live settings.

The reality is that the eCart code works pretty well... If there is a problem it is usually with the settings. If you use sandbox you are really mostly testing to make sure the things we already have tested work properly. Your settings you can really only test by using the live mode.

I feel like by using sandbox you complicate the process and actually have a greater chance to introduce errors while moving from sandbox to live mode than all errors you might have fixed in sandbox mode.

Ironically I think sandbox is a good start for the more advanced coder who might be doing more customization and wouldn't have difficulty updating to live mode or debugging if something went wrong in that process.

To each their own, but in my opinion adding sandbox testing adds complexity that isn't necessary for the average user.

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Peterson Design Studio - jefferis

Okay, but if I left sandbox checked on in the wizard initially, how do I now turn it off?

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Ray BorduinWebAssist

See what I mean travis... ;)

To turn it off you need to update all of the server behaviors that communicate with paypal.

There should be one on the checkout page, one on the confirm page, and two on the pp_confirm page. If you open those server behaviors you can uncheck the sandbox option and update to add your live account information.

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Peterson Design Studio - jefferis

Originally Said By: Ray Borduin
  See what I mean travis... ;)

To turn it off you need to update all of the server behaviors that communicate with paypal.

There should be one on the checkout page, one on the confirm page, and two on the pp_confirm page. If you open those server behaviors you can uncheck the sandbox option and update to add your live account information.  



I got as far as "eCart LocalCheckout (Cart, PP_DirectPayment)" on the CONFIRM page and turning sandbox from true to false, but when I got to the panel that says "allow express checkout" I cannot turn it off (it is greyed out and on) and while I can uncheck sandbox, it will not let me save the changes, because it asks for username and other fields with asterisks. I want to uncheck express payments. Also, I don't see any other pp server behaviors on that page...

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Ray BorduinWebAssist

Don't use the wizard... you can't use the wizard again on created pages you should be opening up the pages and updating the server behaviors directly on the pages instead of trying to go through the wizard again.

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Peterson Design Studio - jefferis

Originally Said By: Ray Borduin
  Don't use the wizard... you can't use the wizard again on created pages you should be opening up the pages and updating the server behaviors directly on the pages instead of trying to go through the wizard again.  



I am not using the wizard. I'm using the behaviors. That is where I'm encountering the difficulties... The Express Checkout window, is not only greyed out, the places where it says Username* are empty... So I cannot turn it off or save it unless I add info to those areas. I'm not sure which username it is asking for, btw...

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Ray BorduinWebAssist

Express checkout is handled on the checkout and pp_confirm pages. That is why it is greyed out when editing. Those options are only enabled when creating them for the first time. If you updated it in the local checkout once on the confirm page, then you are done with that page.

Now you need to update the other two pages.

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