Choosing and setting up a payment gateway for your website is integral to running an ecommerce business – it’s how you bring in revenue from your customers. While PayPal used to be the standby, several other options have entered the market. One of the fastest growing and most popular options is Stripe. The reasons are obvious: Stripe is easy to setup, provides seamless integrations for most eCommerce platforms, and has a transaction-based pricing model without any recurring fees or hidden costs. All of these benefits make Stripe a great match for WooCommerce. Here are a few tips for setting up your WooCommerce Stripe gateway.
WooCommerce Stripe Gateway Setup Essentials
Build on a Solid Foundation
Before integrating Stripe, you need to make sure that you are building on a solid foundation. Before you do any modifications or integrations, ensure that your WordPress platform and WooCommerce plugins are up to date and working correctly. This ensures you are using the latest features and that any potential issues can be more easily tracked to your upcoming changes.
Start by checking that you are using the latest version of WooCommerce. If not, run a full site update before you install Stripe. You should also check that WordPress is up to date and that your theme is updated and compatible with the plugin. You can run into conflicts between WordPress or WooCommerce and Stipe’s plugin if you have a site that isn’t updated. We offer our clients quarterly updates to avoid these types of plugin and integration problems. Also, always remember to backup your existing site before doing any updates! If you do come across an issue then you can easily roll back and troubleshoot from there.
Install and Configure Your eCommerce Solution
One of the benefits of Stripe is that it’s easy to install and configure. To install, you simply have to bring up the “Enter WooCommerce Stripe” in your search plugins bar and click “install now” and “activate.” You can then setup and configure it to suit your needs.
During setup, the most difficult part is creating an account and copying over a few authorization keys before taking orders, and it’s not actually that complicated. One note here is that you will need to ensure your site is using SSL security certification. If your web URL starts with https, you are already good to go. Not only is it more secure for your customers, just seeing that ‘s’ will instill customer confidence in your online store. Other than that, most of the elements are fairly easy and Stripe comes with a ton of customization options. This means you can cater the payment gateway to your business’s needs.
Don’t Skip Testing
When it comes to shopping online, customer confidence is key. Your customers want to be able to complete their transactions without any hitches that might raise questions about the safety, security or ease of use of your site. If they don’t have a smooth experience, they might not complete their purchase or, even worse, they might not return to your site altogether. Luckily, Stripe provides easy-to-use tools to test your site integration. It’s imperative that you do this to make sure everything is up and running before you go live so that your customers can have full confidence in your site.
Once you have your new payment gateway installed and configured, all you have to do is click the “test data” toggle and you’re in test mode. You should run through a few test purchases, as well as set up a demo product on your website and test live purchases. Make sure to vary your test transactions, using single and multiple item purchases, as well as refunds and inventory tests. Stripe even provides test credit card numbers for all major credit cards, so you can test all of them.
An Added Bonus: Stripe and ZohoBooks
Given its many and easy integrations, an added bonus of using Stripe is that you can easily integrate it with Zoho Books. By using this integration, you can track all of your Stripe clearing and payments in Zoho Books, as well as keep track of the fees Stripe charges you.
Setting up a WooCommerce Stripe Gateway with RFDM
For more tips or help with setting up your Stripe gateway in WooCommerce, contact us for a free consultation.