Which version of PayPal should I use?
PayPal is one of the largest payment processors in the world and offers many different payment solutions. BigCommerce has integrated with a few of these options to ensure there is one that fits your business. Offering PayPal will make your store accessible to different types of shoppers, which is critical to your store's conversion rate.
We've integrated with the following PayPal products:
- PayPal powered by Braintree (recommended)
- PayPal Express Checkout
- PayPal Payments Pro (Payflow Edition)
- PayPal Payflow Pro
PayPal Powered by Braintree
If you are based in the United States or in the 70+ countries it supports, we recommend PayPal powered by Braintree. This integration combines credit card processing with PayPal Express Checkout functionality in an interface that lets your customers pay with their PayPal account without ever leaving your storefront.
In addition to processing credit cards on your checkout page, PayPal powered by Braintree offers more advanced functionality than other PayPal integrations, such as:
- 3D Secure
- PayPal Credit
- stored PayPal accounts and credit cards
- multiple transactional currencies (multicurrency)
- Visa Checkout
- Google Pay
BigCommerce also offers special pre-negotiated rates to qualified merchants.
PayPal Express Checkout
PayPal Express Checkout is a payment gateway offering from PayPal that features a quick setup process, the ability to pay with a PayPal account or credit card, and a PayPal button on the cart. Customers using this option will be transferred to PayPal to enter their payment information, then redirected to your checkout for completion. PayPal Express Checkout is available in any country where PayPal is accepted and supports PayPal Credit. It offers a 2.9% + $0.30 rate per US transaction with no monthly fees.
If you're using a different credit card processor, you may want to consider enabling PayPal Express Checkout as well. This will add a "Pay with PayPal" button on your checkout page and allow merchants to pay with their PayPal account. PayPal Express Checkout also supports multiple transactional currencies.
PayPal powered by Braintree includes built-in PayPal Express Checkout functionality. Do not turn PayPal Express Checkout on, or the two versions will conflict with one another.
Other PayPal Gateways
The following PayPal gateways are available only on our Legacy Checkout, which may not be available in your store's control panel.
PayPal Payments Pro (Payflow Edition) allows merchants to keep customers on their storefront for credit card transactions and allows customers to purchase without needing a PayPal account. PayPal Payments Pro (Payflow Edition) is available to merchants based in the US, UK, Canada, and Australia. It offers a 2.9% + $0.30 rate per US transaction, with a $30 monthly fee. This option includes PayPal Express Checkout functionality.
PayPal Payflow Pro allows merchants to keep customers on their storefront for credit card transactions and allows customers to purchase without needing a PayPal account. PayPal Payflow Pro is available to merchants based in the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. PayPal Payflow Pro offers a $0.10 per transaction rate with a $25 monthly fee, and a $99 setup fee. This option does not include PayPal Express Checkout functionality.
Use this chart to compare the features of the different PayPal integrations supported by BigCommerce.
|PayPal powered by Braintree||PayPal Express Checkout||PayPal Payments Pro (Payflow Edition)||PayPal Payflow Pro|
|Transaction Fees (instead of monthly fees)||✓||✓||*||*|
|Customers can pay with PayPal account||✓||✓||✓|
|Customers can pay with credit card||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Pay without leaving store||✓||✓||✓|
|Leave store to pay (Hosted)||✓|
|PayPal Button on cart||✓||✓||✓|
|Authorize funds without capturing||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Stored payment methods||✓|