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In Magento Community version 1.7.0.2, many of our clients have complained that they have not been able to select more than one PayPal method at the same time.

For example, if you are running Magento Community 1.7.0.2, and want to enable both PayPal Express Checkout, as well as PayPal Website Payments Standard, the system throws an error like this:

Magento Community 1.7.0.2 Admin Error Message: There is already another PayPal solution enabled.  Enable this solution instead?

Magento Community 1.7.0.2 Admin Error Message:
There is already another PayPal solution enabled. Enable this solution instead?

This happens when you are in the Magento admin area of the site, under the PayPal Payment Solutions:

Magento Admin Community 1.7.0.2 Screenshot - PayPal Payment Solutions Options

Magento Admin Community 1.7.0.2 Screenshot – PayPal Payment Solutions Options

If you attempt to add both the first option (PayPal Website Payments Standard) and the fourth option (PayPal Express Checkout) at the same time, you’re not able to add both at the same time.

A big reason to add both is that a customer will often choose the PayPal Express Checkout option on the shopping cart page (and thereby bypass the checkout page). Mobile users are a huge reason why a website should enable PayPal Express Checkout. Instead of having to find and then type your credit card information into a form on an iPhone, iPad or other mobile device or tablet, you merely have to enter in an email address and a password, and you can check out. Without having to create a new profile on the site, etc.

It’s important to have PayPal as a payment option on the checkout page, so if someone wants to pay via PayPal instead of a credit card, they can do this easily. I do this all the time when I’m trying to place an order, and don’t have my credit card handy.

PayPal Express Checkout is an altogether different customer experience than PayPal Standard, and that’s why so many Magento Community version 1.7.0.2 users have been frustrated.

Our Magento Certified Developers at Customer Paradigm have developed a quick fix to allow you to enable both PayPal Standard and PayPal Express Checkout, and can usually apply this patch to your site in about an hour. Want more information? Call 303.473.4400 or visit here to have a real person contact you now.

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