Event bookings with Authorize.net AIM

Our Autorize.net AIM gateway allows you to charge users who enter their card details on your site. Events Manager submits this information to Authorize.net for processing and approves the booking if successful. In this case, the user never has to leave your site.

If you want to test Authorize.net without using real cards and payments, please view our Authorize.net Sandbox tutorial.

Important Notes

It’s important to note that since you are accepting Credit Card information over the internet, it’s absolutely necessary that you have valid SSL certificates on your site, otherwise, this will not work! Events Manager will always force an HTTPS connection when a booking form accepting Authorize.net in live mode is used. When using sandbox mode, we do not impose any SSL requirements since you’re not using real payment information.

We do not force the event page or any other page showing a booking form to be over HTTPS, we do however always force the destination where the form data is sent to be an HTTPS address, ensuring all data is safely transmitted. If you want to force event pages or any other specific pages to use SSL, consider using a WordPress SSL plugin such as Really Simple SSL, WordPress HTTPS, or alternatively use a PHP snippet we created.

Since this gateway requires extra fields to be filled in, this gateway cannot be used with single quick pay buttons (e.g. paypal and offline payments).

Setting Up Authorize.net Account

Once you’ve registered for your authorize.net account, there’s four important pieces of information you need to obtain/set up. These are your:

  • Transaction Key
  • API Login ID
  • MD5-Hash – create a new one if needed
  • Your username (for logging into authorize.net)

The first three can be obtained from your authorize.net control panel:

Set Up Refund/Reversal Notifications

Refunds must be initiated from your authorize.net control panel. You can set up Events Manager Pro to track refunds and automatically cancel a booking payment that has been refunded or voided.

If you would like to track refunds and voided transactions on authorize.net, you need to enable the “Silent Post URL”, which is a url which authorize.net will send information to about updated transactions.

You will also notice a link called “Silent Post URL” when you start setting up your gateway, you should visit this page, and paste in the return URL, which is provided to you when setting up the gateway options on Events Manager (see screenshot further down).

Set Up Gateway

Now that you have the necessary information, you are ready to activate and set up the gateway. First things first, visit Events > Payment Gateways in your admin area and click ‘activate’ beneath the Authorize.net AIM gateway.

Now you need to enter the key information from before into the gateway settings page. Bear in mind that you need to select the right type of mode you are in. If you are using a sandbox, make sure you choose a sandbox mode, or vice versa.

There’s many more settings for you to choose from on this page with helpful explanations. Here are some specific that may interest you:

  • Manually approve completed transactions? – If selected, successfully paid bookings will be marked as ‘Pending’ rather than ‘Confirmed’
  • Email Customer (on success) – This sends the user sends the default authorize.net confirmation email, you can add additional information above and below it with the following input fields.

Passing On Address/Personal Information

If you would like to pass on common personal/address information for usage in the Address Verification Service (AVS) or to provide further information in your transaction reports, you need to associate address fields with user fields in your form editor.

Finishing Up

That’s it! You’re now ready to process payments.

If you visit an event page, you should now see an option to pay with this gateway. If you have more than one gateway enabled, this will be available from the gateways drop-down list (which can be renamed from within the same options page as above). If this is the only gateway available, the credit card fields will be shown with no gateway choice.