PayPal FAQ

Knowing your payment provider is an important part of running an online business. That’s why we collected a list of PayPal’s most frequently asked questions.

Can customers pay by credit card without a PayPal account?

All PayPal services allow paying by credit card without registering a PayPal account. However, your customers may be prompted to sign up at PayPal to pay depending on the country where you or your customer is located. PayPal has different rules for different countries – see the details in this PayPal community post.

Can I use PayPal Personal account to accept payments?

No, you must have a PayPal Business account.

How to place a test order using PayPal?

You cannot test PayPal’s payment method using the same account as the buyer and seller because PayPal does not allow you to buy from yourself. If you want to check your seller's PayPal account, you can do the following:
  1. Create another PayPal account for testing purposes using an email that is not connected to your Ecwid PayPal account.
  2. Add a cheap test product ($1 or less) in your store.
  3. Make sure that you've set up PayPal payment method in your store.
  4. Make a purchase from your store. Make sure that the funds were processed.
  5. If needed, you may refund the order.
Alternatively, you can ask your friend or family member to place a test order in your store and pay with their PayPal account. 

Can I use one PayPal account for several stores?

If you have several Ecwid stores, you can link them all to one PayPal account. Ecwid takes care of proper values for each storefront and direct all sales to the PayPal account you select. All you need to do is enable the Auto return option:

  1. Log in to your merchant account in the PayPal backend.
  2. Go to Profile → My selling tools → Website Payment Preferences.
  3. Set the Auto return option to Enabled.
  4. Enter to the Return URL field.
Ecwid will provide a URL with each payment request that overrides the Return URL field so your customers return to the site where they began the checkout process.

Why a paid order shows as "Awaiting Payment" in Ecwid admin?

A Paid status in your Ecwid Control Panel shows the funds have transferred to your account, while an Awaiting Payment status shows the funds in limbo. You can check the specific reason from PayPal in the Payment details section of the order details page in your Ecwid admin, go to My Sales → Orders.

PayPal informed Ecwid that the payment is pending – you haven’t received the money yet.

PayPal orders may have the status of Awaiting Payment for several reasons:

  1. An eCheck that has not cleared is the most frequent cause of a pending payment. This often resolves itself when the eCheck clears (usually 3-5 days).
  2. The customer did not provide a confirmed shipping address and your Payment Receiving Preferences requires you to manually accept or deny these payments. To change this preference, go to the Preferences section of your Profile in PayPal.
  3. The payment is pending because you hold a non-U.S. account and do not have a withdrawal mechanism. You must manually accept or deny this payment from Account Overview in your PayPal account.
  4. You do not have a balance in the currency sent, and you do not have your Payment Receiving Preferences set to automatically convert and accept such payments. You must manually accept or deny this payment.
  5. The payment is pending while PayPal reviews it for risk.
  6. The payment is pending because you must upgrade your account with PayPal. The Business or Premier plans allow you to accept credit cards and increases the monthly limit for transactions on your account.
  7. The payment is pending because you have not been verified yet. After verifying that you will be able to accept this payment.



"This order is in the "Awaiting Payment" status, because the order total and the amount actually paid do not match. Please check this order in your PayPal Admin Area for possible issues."

These payments normally go through (PayPal will show as paid), but Ecwid finds an error and does not mark the payment as complete. There are three possible explanations for this error message in order details in your Ecwid admin, go toMy Sales → Orders:

  1. The Ecwid payment doesn't match payment returned by PayPal. Taxes or shipping rates appended to the order total may cause this when we redirect your customer to PayPal. To fix this, disable the tax and shipping settings in your PayPal manager account.
  1. The currency set in your Ecwid store differs from the one set in your PayPal account. Make sure you setup the same currency on both sides.
  2. The payment was sent to an email different from the one you specified in your Ecwid admin, go to Payment → PayPal.

"The payment is pending because it was made to an email address that is not yet registered or confirmed"

You receive an email notification from Ecwid about a new order, but it’s not reflected in your PayPal account. The order details in your Ecwid admin, go to My Sales → Orders show an Awaiting Payment status, and the Payment Information section shows::

This order is in the "Awaiting Payment" status, because the money 
has not been transferred to your PayPal account yet.
Pending reason returned by PayPal:The payment is pending 
because it was made to an email address that is not yet registered 
or confirmed.

First, make sure you have the right email address in PayPal settings in your Ecwid admin, go to Payment → PayPal. If the emails match, your PayPal account probably needs to be confirmed or verified. If this is the case, the money is in limbo until your account is verified.

If the email doesn’t match and you’re working with a test order, update your PayPal settings in your Ecwid Control Panel and submit another test order to ensure the orders arrive as Paid.

In case you’re dealing with a live order and need to ship a product, the money will remain pending on the PayPal side for the next 45 days. If nobody (you) claims the funds, PayPal will return the funds. Now you have two options:

  1. If PayPal returns the funds, we suggest contacting the buyer and explaining the situation. Creating an invoice in your PayPal account for the same amount and asking your customer to pay it may be the easiest option.
  2. Register a PayPal account for the wrong email, and verify it. After that, PayPal will transfer the money to the account with the "wrong email" and you can forward the funds to your main business account.

When you receive the money, you can manually update the orders status to Paid in From your Ecwid admin, go to  My Sales page → Orders.

If you’re unsure why a PayPal order has an Awaiting Payment status, contact our support team for help. Provide your Store ID and the order number in your request and we’ll get back to you!
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