A payment gateway is a merchant service provided by an e-commerce application service provider that authorizes credit card or direct payments processing for e-businesses, online retailers, bricks and clicks, or traditional brick and mortar.
The Payment Gateways Settings screen is found at Downloads → Settings → Payment Gateways. Payment Gateways is a tab at the top of the Settings page.
Easy Digital Downloads comes with three gateways built-in, PayPal Standard, Amazon Payments, and Test Payment.
if you’ve installed any addons for additional Payment Gateways you’ll see them listed in the same place.
Each of them has a checkbox next to it. If a Payment Gateway is checked then it is available as a possible gateway for the customer. If you choose more than one then the customer can choose. For example, you could offer PayPal, Stripe, and Authorize.net, and the end-user would select the one they wish.
This allows you to build your store and process transactions without having to use real money. It does require that your payment gateway ALSO have a test mode, but EDD comes with a Test Gateway as well. This means you don’t need to know what gateway you’ll use before you start building your store.
The Test Gateway combined with Test Mode makes it so you can operate without even an internet connection.
The second choice on the Gateways settings page is which Gateway to make the default. While you may enable as many as you wish, this one will the be the default, and as such probably the most used.
This lets you show on the front of the site which credit cards you accept.
PayPal standard is included with the Easy Digital Downloads for free but there are several other options in the Addon Library.
Read the PayPal Settings Document for more information on setting up PayPal.
Amazon Payments is included with the Easy Digital Downloads for free but there are several other options in the Addon Library.
Read the Amazon Payments Document for more information on setting up Amazon Payments.
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