Difference Between PayPal and PayPal Pro

Last Update: April 25, 2017

People often ask, what are the differences between the two? There are two types of Paypal payment methods offered by JotForm for online forms. Here are the known differences of the two Paypal payment types.

a. PayPal (Website Payments Standard)

b. PayPal Pro (Website Payments Pro)

1. The Checkout Experience

When using Paypal, submitting your form will take you to the secure Paypal website for the user to login or pay by credit card.

Pay by Paypal Account:

Pay by Debit or Credit Card, or Bill Me Later (for US residents only):

While Paypal Pro allows the user to enter his account information on your website or directly from your form. The form visitor will never have to leave your website. There's also more customization options to your form and the transactions on your website.

2. Setting Up an Account

With using PayPal, all you need to do is use an existing Paypal account. Enter your Paypal email address/username on the Paypal Payment wizard and you're ready to take transactions.

While with PayPal Pro, you'll need to file a business credit application to Paypal for your account to be upgraded to PayPal Pro before you can start selling. This'll take up to an average of 5-7 work days to get approval.

3. Merchant Fees

There are no differences on the transaction fees between PayPal & PayPal Pro. However, there's an additional $30 monthly fee for using PayPal Pro.

What's your pick? Tell us your thoughts in the comments section below.


ayn (September 15, 2012 at 05:28 PM)


mrsinghal (September 17, 2012 at 09:10 AM)

Good to know this. Thanks.

M. R. Singhal

rockviewlodge (September 26, 2012 at 01:41 AM)

Paypal Pro may be required to accept larger payments, too. My experience is that the standard account caps individual transactions at about $2000, whereas I can take $10,000+ in a single transaction on the Pro account. There are lots of fraud screening hoops however, so be prepared to have your account shut down several times and be interviewed by various PayPal specialists.

nero wilcom (October 11, 2012 at 01:25 PM)

i love this

Ziquia Andrews (October 19, 2012 at 01:45 PM)

This is why I chose to use Stripe. It was too difficult for me to be approved for a Pro account with Paypal because of credit issues. I mean, that has nothing to do with my business.

saurav (June 08, 2013 at 03:28 AM)

Really Great answer....

Douglas Arterburn (July 02, 2013 at 05:22 PM)

Do you also support PayPal Advanced ($5 / month)? Would PayPal Advanced work like PayPal Pro?

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Leon (July 03, 2013 at 11:21 PM)

Yeah this information about regular paypal and pro give me solution.

How to become approved Paypal Pro account ?

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gallawayville (December 09, 2013 at 12:29 PM)

so my question is why the $5 fee passed onto people that sign up on my page?

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sandeep pateriya (March 13, 2014 at 02:53 AM)

this is a good article on paypal and paypal pro difference.

MeorotInstitute (November 26, 2014 at 07:17 PM)

But even in Pro, if the user chooses to pay with PayPal, they are redirected to the secure Paypal website for the user to login. Is there a way to prevent them from doing this? I do not want any redirecting before the form is submitted.

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Mark Hamlin (January 21, 2015 at 02:35 PM)

What PayPal won't tell you in their documentation is that the "pay with my credit or debit card" feature will only work in a standard business account if the person paying has not used the express checkout feature more than a few times before. If they have used the express checkout before then they will get the error "This transaction couldn't be completed. Please redirect your customer to PayPal.(Code: 10486)" unless you have a business pro account which supposedly does not limit the number of express checkouts a person can use while checking out.

PayPal told me that in order to avoid that error I must pay for a business pro account or tell my clients to sign up for a PayPal account.

nonymous (August 18, 2015 at 07:48 PM)

can we get a paiement for a dowload or fomrulaire page acces

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kelsey (October 07, 2015 at 07:47 PM)


Quick question. I don't want to have my customers have to sign up for PayPal to use credit/debit cards during checkout. I read something that said PayPal Standard allowed them to checkout using debit and credit cards without a PayPal account, but when I was testing it out on my website it appeared to make me sign up for PP in order to checkout.

Do you know for sure if people can checkout with a debit/credit card without having a PP account for PP Standard?


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OMF2016 (February 15, 2016 at 04:57 AM)

Paypall pro doesn't work in all merchant country, so kind of helpless.

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Shabib (April 23, 2016 at 06:30 PM)


john cash (August 14, 2016 at 03:49 PM)

collects your customer's info both ways while paypal pro suggests that it doesn't

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ziya (September 22, 2016 at 03:09 AM)

Does paypal pro support Indian merchants for software service selling?.

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belka (October 25, 2016 at 10:37 AM)

can anybody says how can i apply for paypal pro?

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