Configuration Settings

The module Extra Payments for Magento 2 does not require any prior configuration. It is ready to use right after installation.

Our module adds a virtual product with the name Extra Payment Product and SKU E_PMNT to the store product catalog. The E_PMNT product is not visible for customers in product search or any other places of the Magento 2 store since its visibility is configured as Not Visible Individually.

Each extra payment can contain one or several items, which for store admins and customers are the description of the reason the extra payment order was issued for. From a Magento 2 standpoint, the extra payment is an ordinary purchase of a virtual product. Each item in the extra payment corresponds to the purchase of one virtual product.

Each purchased extra payment gets its own order number, and can be accessed in the general order list of the store.

Backend of the Extra Payments module

Extra Payments List

The Extra Payments list is a main view panel of the module which allows tracking, and editing of issued orders on extra payments. Go to Sales > Extra Payments in order to access this page.

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The Extra Payments list provides a configurable grid that can display the following information:

  • Customer name
  • Order number the extra payment was issued for
  • Order number of the issued extra payment itself
  • Extra payment status (paid, pending, draft)
  • Items for which the extra payment was issued
  • Direct link to the checkout cart with a particular extra payment
  • Internal note on extra payment
  • Note on extra payment that can be viewed by customers

Additionally, the Extra Payments list provides an edit button for modifying issued extra payment orders.

You can use filters to display the issued extra payment with the parameters you need.

View extra payments of a specific customer

On the Extra Payments list, you have the option to filter the list by the name of the customer. For example, you may need to view all issued extra payment for a particular customer. Simply filter the list by his name.

Alternatively, issued extra payments for a particular customer can be accessed on the Customer Information page that is available from the All customers list. Go to Customers > All customers, choose a particular customer and click Edit on their account. Then navigate to Customer Information > Extra Payment.

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How to issue an extra payment

A new extra payment is bonded to an existing order, therefore it is created on the page of a particular order. Navigate to Sales > Orders and find the order for which you need to create the extra payment. On the Action column, click the View button for this order and on the Order View page, navigate to Extra Payments tab.

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Start creating a new extra payment with the button Add Extra Payment. You will be presented with a page that contains three sections: general information, items, and additional.

General Information

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Fill in the general information on a new extra payment when you create one.

Customer. From a drop-down menu, select the customer name the extra payment was issued for. Leave the name blank for guest customers who don't have an account in your store.

Order #. Refers to the number of the order the issued extra payment is bonded to. It is not available for modification by store admin.

Payment Link. This is the direct link to the checkout cart for the issued extra payment. Use this link to provide extra payments for guest customers without an account in your store. Press the Save button on the issued extra payment for this link to be created.

Status. Shows the current status of the issued extra payment. The default value is pending. The status changes automatically and manually. In manual mode it is possible to set statuses: draft, pending, paid. For draft and paid statuses the Payment link becomes unavailable.

Payment Order #. This field depicts the order number of the issued extra payment after a customer successfully closes the transaction on it. For awaiting extra payment, this field will display pending status.

Items

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Item is a brief description of the reason for which the extra payment was issued. Each extra payment can contain several items with individual prices assigned to them.

In the Magento 2 backend admin panel, the extra payment that contains several items is presented as a single order with purchased virtual products E_PMNT. The number of the products is equal to the number of items in the extra payment.

Additional

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This section allows you to put in explanatory notes on the extra payment. It provides two fields: a Note for Customer and an Internal Note. The former can be viewed by the customer in their account, and the latter is meant for internal viewing by the store admins.

Frontend of the Extra Payments module

Making extra payment

To close the transaction on issued extra payment, the customer should get a link to it. Logged in customers can find the link in their account. Guest customers can receive a direct link from a store admin.

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The link on extra payment will bring the customer to the Shopping Cart checkout page. Here, the customer can specify a preferred payment method and finish the extra payment process.

Extra Payments tab

Logged in customers can view all extra payments that were issued for their account on the tab Extra Payments. Go to Customer name > My Account > Extra Payments to open this tab.

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My Extra Payments tab provides information on the date and time that the extra payment was issued, and its transactional status. It also displays the names of the items the extra payment was issued for. The price is shown individually for each item in the extra payment order, as well as the total sum. Additionally, the My Extra Payments tab shows explanatory notes for the extra payments.

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The customer has two options for actions on the My Extra Payments tab. For the extra payments with a paid status, it is possible to view the extra payment order by clicking the View Order link. If the extra payment has a pending status, the customer can Create Order to go to the checkout cart and finish the transaction on the issued extra payment.