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Posted: January 23, 2013 at 5:50 pm

Aladin Alaily

January 23, 2013 at 5:50 pm

This is only the second time I’ve set up a Paypal integration so bear with me. In EE there are two options for Paypal setups, but I can’t seem to find good documentation on which to use.

My client has a Business account — does that mean the Pro option is off the table? And if so, is there a way to put the shopper on a paypal screen that allows them to pay with credit card and not have to have a paypal account? Thanks!


January 23, 2013 at 8:55 pm

I have a PayPal Business account and use the PayPal IPN. You will need to make sure your clients PayPal account is set up to accept credit cards. if you want to process directly on your site rather than on PayPal site your client will need to upgrade tp PayPal Pro and you would use the PayPal Pro gateway in EE.

Difference in the PayPal account types can be found here


January 24, 2013 at 3:40 am

Hi Aladin,

What Peter says is correct, if you need any more info just let us know.

Aladin Alaily

January 24, 2013 at 7:59 am

Thanks guys for your comments. So, it sounds like good news. You are saying that if I use the IPN version and make a change in the settings within PayPal, the shopper will be able to pay by credit card without signing in (or creating) a PayPal account? Right now it asks them to sign-in.


January 24, 2013 at 9:17 am

PayPal will always ask them to sign in, but if set up correctly there will also be link to pay without joining or signing in. The link is not always easy to spot, especially if you have a PayPal registered email or cookie showing you have been there before, but it is there. It is not ideal, because it is not always obvious. If this is not acceptable to the client then he will need to move to the PRO.

Aladin Alaily

January 24, 2013 at 10:11 am

Thanks Peter — the setup my client has right now must be different because there’s no option to bypass singup. As long is the solution is on Paypal end then that is easy to fix… hopefully 🙂


  • Support Staff

January 24, 2013 at 10:48 am

Hi there,

I would add that if you’re looking at using PayPal Pro you may want to look into Stripe, because the Stripe doesn’t charge a monthly fee like PayPal does for PayPal Pro. Another bonus is Stripe is much easier to set up than PayPal.


  • Support Staff

January 24, 2013 at 11:22 am

Hi Aladin,

These instructions are from and might help:

To turn the feature on or off, simply log in to PayPal, go to Profile, click ‘Website Payment Preferences’ under the Selling Preferences column and tick the yes/no box under PayPal Account Optional.


January 24, 2013 at 11:26 am

When logged into PayPal go to Profile> My Selling Tools > Website preference and Turn “PayPal Account Optional” On. here is what it does

Aladin Alaily

January 29, 2013 at 2:08 pm

Thanks I have resolved this. In my case it was a problem with the email address I was using for IPN. I was using instead of the email that the client had on record which was


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