The PayPal sandbox allows you to process transactions on your website, without the official exchange of money. This is one way for PayPal users to test purchases on their online store, prior to going live.
However, we suggest not using PayPal Sandbox at all. WebAsisst code has been throughly tested over the years. The reality is that the sandbox APIs are spread through multiple pages and can be cumbersome to update. It is often much better to just use live PayPal transactions.
Create a $1 item in your store for testing purposes and then simply refund test transactions. PayPal refunds all fees with refunded transactions, so there is no real drawback to this technique and there are some clear advantages since you can be testing with the live code without having to make updates after.
To effectively test your shopping system, you need to create a test buyer and a test seller account.
You will receive a confirmation email that will require you to click a link to log in.
When using the PayPal Sandbox you can create test accounts for buyers and sellers. These accounts provide the information such as credit card numbers, etc. for you to easily test the checkout process.
When using the PayPal sandbox you need to obtain PayPal testing API credentials from their developer website.
On your site, you can now make test purchases using the Buyer account you just created. The following details how to obtain fake credit card details that you can test with associated with your buyer account.
Once you have completed testing your transactions, you will want to update your payment gateway settings in your particular product to the live settings instead of the Sandbox settings.
PowerStore Users: Enter the PowerStore 3 Admin panel, choose Settings > Payment Information. Uncheck the Use Sandbox checkbox and enter your PayPal account details instead of the Sandbox test accounts details.
eCart 5 users: After running the Checkout Wizard, open the Local Checkout option from the Server Behaviors panel and enter your live PayPal account details instead of your Sandbox test account details.
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