Unsure which WooCommerce payment gateway is best?
This article will take a closer look at the WordPress plugin WooCommerce and the best payment gateways to sue with it.
WooCommerce is an exceptionally popular plugin for eCommerce websites and this article will cover:
- What is WooCommerce
- WooCommerce payment gateways
- Best payment gateways for WooCommerce
- Next Steps: Getting more from WooCommerce
What is WooCommerce
WooCommerce is the most popular eCommerce plugin for WordPress, with more than 4 million downloads across the globe.
It powers nearly 18% of all eCommerce sites, not a small feat for a product that was launched only three years ago. This free, open-source shopping cart provides a feature-rich and user-friendly experience, perfect for new eCommerce set-ups.
WooCommerce comes with a suite of design themes and plugins to help you customise your WordPress eCommerce site. You have a range of shipping extensions to choose from, whether you want to offer a flat rate or tiered rates to your customers. It comes with inventory management tools, a reporting suite and some marketing functions.
WooCommerce Payment Gateways
WooCommerce comes with a variety of payment gateway extensions – the following are available to merchants in the United Kingdom.
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The Best Payment Gateways for WooCommerce
Here is our list of the best payment gateways for WooCommerce:
Many factors go into selecting a payment gateway for WooCommerce, location being perhaps the biggest. While most payment processors support merchant accounts in Europe and North America, you maybe be limited to PayPal if you are operating from a country outside these regions.
WooCommerce comes bundled with a free PayPal Standard extension to make it easy for you to start accepting payments straight away. PayPal Standard redirects from your website its own checkout page. This removes the burden of SSL certification from you as PayPal will be responsible for encrypting your customers’ details and keeping them secure. PayPal is 100% PCI compliant.
PayPal Standard can accept most major credit and debit cards. It also accepts 26 currencies and operates in 200 countries. Your customers can even set up subscriptions through it. There are no monthly fees; you’ll only need to pay transaction fees. Read our review of PayPal’s merchant services for more information.
The Ogone extension for WooCommerce will allow you to accept international and local payment methods, making it convenient for your customers to shop from your site.
Like PayPal Standard, Ogone does not require SSL certification as it directs customers from your site to their own secure checkout page, which you can customize to keep your brand visible.
Ogone follows a modular structure which means it’s scalable and gives you the option to choose functions that fit your budget and requirements. It also provides comprehensive reporting tools to help you keep an eye on all your transactions. Read out breakdown of Ogone’s services for more information.
Pay with Amazon allows those with an Amazon account to make purchases on your site using the payment and shipping information stored in their Amazon accounts.
Since the service is free, it is a popular choice, but since it will limit your customer base to those who already have an Amazon account, it will only suit very small businesses. For most businesses it would be preferable to pay $79 for a solution that allows all your potential customers to make a payment – cheaper is not always better.
Stripe makes for a simple payment gateway solution. It allows API integration into your website, meaning your customers will complete the checkout process on your website, giving you full control over the payment process. This does mean that you will need SSL certification for your site.
Stripe has no setup or monthly fees, and will only charge you for successful transactions, at 2.4% plus 20p per transaction. It allows you to accept major card payments in more than 100 currencies.
Its recurring billing function will let you accept subscription payments. It can also save your customers’ card details to encourage them to keep coming back to your shop. Read our roundup of Stripe card processing services.
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