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Difference Between PayPal and PayPal Pro

Difference Between PayPal and PayPal Pro

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 (Paypal Payments Standard)

b. PayPal Pro (Paypal 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.

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22 Comments...

  • bmcrumc

    We have integrated paypal standard into our site but upon checkout we are not seeing the different payment options. It either says "Login" or "Create Account". If you click create account it does take you to paypal guest checkout, but i know our users will quit if they think they have to create an account. the sample form that you all have under another form has "pay with debit or credit card" instead of Create Account. Do you know how we can fix this?

  • Michael Ringrose

    I became aware of PayPal PRO today and tried to access it. I understand that while it is available in the UK and US and the Northern Ireland it is not available in the Republic of Ireland. I am a long standing customer of PayPal. We have a massive HQ of PayPal here in Dublin, just a few miles from where I reside. Why can we not have PayPal PRO.?

    Looking forward to hearing from you, preferably with some positive indication that PayPal Pro is going to be available.

    With kind regards,

    Michael Ringrose,
    +353872804590



  • MTNA

    We already have a PayPal account and use PayFlow Pro as a gateway. Would we use PayPal Pro?

  • belka

    can anybody says how can i apply for paypal pro?

  • ziya

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

  • john cash

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

  • Shabib

    Thanks.

  • OMF2016

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

  • kelsey

    Hi!

    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?

    Thanks!

  • nonymous

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

  • Mark Hamlin

    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.

  • MeorotInstitute

    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.

  • sandeep pateriya

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

  • gallawayville

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

  • Leon

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

    How to become approved Paypal Pro account ?

  • Douglas Arterburn

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

  • saurav

    Really Great answer....

  • Ziquia Andrews

    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.

  • nero wilcom

    i love this

  • rockviewlodge

    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.

  • mrsinghal

    Good to know this. Thanks.

    M. R. Singhal

  • ayn

    oki.