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Paypal Module Confusion!

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Hi,

 

I wanted to see if there was a paypal system that could be used to take credit card payments without the customer having an account (I think this put me off paypal when i was last looking ages ago). However I'm struggling to work out which version is best. I can't really gather, from the paypal website, what the difference is between the Paypal Standard and Paypal Pro systems they provide. I've found Jacks answer on another thread but am still slightly confused!

 

If I want to take cc card transactions which is the best system to use? If the Pro versions extra functionality is to keep customers on the site I suppose I just need to way up the cost/benefit (but does it offer any other functions?). Is their a contributino fo the pro system and is this harder to install that the paypal standard?

Also if PAYAPL IPN is the same as PAYPAL STANDARD (their naming convention from paypal website) why has Harold released a different contribution. Is that contribution the same as the contribution labelled Paypal IPN in the contribs section? If I wanted to go for paypal standard should i use Harolds release or the Paypal IPN contribution? Are there any known issues with other contributions?

 

Many thanks for any enlightenment!

Becki

 

 

 

Paypal has three types of accounts. The only two most sites will use are the Standard and the Pro. The standard is the free one (except for the per item fee). Customers leave your site and go to paypal to make the payment with this one. The Pro requires a $20/month payment plus the fee. Customers can stay on your site and pay with this one. To make this more confusing, Paypal has an improved version of the Standard method that is included with the Pro account. Typically, the free Paypal Standard account is referred to as Paypal IPN. In the Paypal pro contributions, it is referred to as Paypal Standard. That's how the naming convention was for a while until Harold released the Paypal Standard contribution that works with the free version (paypal IPN). I hope this clears it up since I'm starting to confuse myself.

 

There is an option in the settings in your paypal account that allows your customers to complete the order without having a paypal account. That is turned off by default.

 

Jack

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Hi,

 

I wanted to see if there was a paypal system that could be used to take credit card payments without the customer having an account (I think this put me off paypal when i was last looking ages ago). However I'm struggling to work out which version is best. I can't really gather, from the paypal website, what the difference is between the Paypal Standard and Paypal Pro systems they provide. I've found Jacks answer on another thread but am still slightly confused!

 

If I want to take cc card transactions which is the best system to use? If the Pro versions extra functionality is to keep customers on the site I suppose I just need to way up the cost/benefit (but does it offer any other functions?). Is their a contributino fo the pro system and is this harder to install that the paypal standard?

Also if PAYAPL IPN is the same as PAYPAL STANDARD (their naming convention from paypal website) why has Harold released a different contribution. Is that contribution the same as the contribution labelled Paypal IPN in the contribs section? If I wanted to go for paypal standard should i use Harolds release or the Paypal IPN contribution? Are there any known issues with other contributions?

 

Many thanks for any enlightenment!

Becki

 

I don't see where your questions were answered. PayPal Website Standard will accept credit/debit cards, echecks (if set in your paypal profile settings), immediate transfers, etc. A customer can use PayPal to process the credit card with this module. Keep one thing in mind. In your PayPal account settings you have to allow them to use a credit card without logging into PayPal.

 

Also keep another thing in mind. A customer that has a PayPal account can set in his own settings whether to use PayPal to process the credit cards. In other words, I can set my account to force me to login to PayPal when I use my cc to make purchases on sites using PayPal. I can turn this setting on or off for me. I had one customer that kept trying to use his credit card on my site and it would not let him use it without signing into his PayPal account because he had HIS settings set to that. He had to go in and turn off the setting requiring him to login to PayPal before he could use his credit card on my site without logging into PayPal. I hope that makes sense.

 

In short words if you set it to allow cc without the customer signing into his PayPal account he also has to have his account set the same way... otherwise, you should not have to go with PayPal Pro.

 

Also, if you have the latest version of osCommerce, you can use the PayPal Websites Standard module and it takes care of the IPN for you.

Paul


Paul 'n NE Kansas

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