If you’re a small business owner, you may be looking for a hassle-free way to collect payments online for your products or services.
Even if you have a brick-and-mortar store where shoppers can make purchases in person, configuring your website to accept online transactions can help your business generate revenue around the clock. Online payments help people who are bloggers, freelancers, and artists monetize a website, too!
If you have a paid WordPress.com plan you can use the online Payments feature, which integrates with Stripe. This useful block makes it possible to quickly add buttons and collect one-time or recurring payments from pages or posts. Anyone who visits your website can use this option to make a purchase in seconds. Follow the steps below to set up an online payment system for your WordPress.com site.
Adding the Payments button
To begin the process of adding a Payments button to your site, log on to your WordPress.com account, edit a page or post, or add a new one to your site. Next, click the Add button with the plus-sign icon to insert a new block and search for the Payments block.
Click the Payments icon and you’ll be able to customize how you collect money through the feature. That includes options for styling your button’s color and text, which you’ll find on the right.
If it’s your first time using Payments, you’ll need to connect to Stripe or set up an account. However, your customers and clients won’t need their own Stripe account to make an online purchase — just their credit or debit card!
You can create multiple Payments buttons or embed an existing button into multiple pages across your site.
Once you start making some sales, you’ll be able to keep track of your earnings when you log in. Just go to My Site(s) → Tools → Earn → Collect Payments to view a detailed breakdown.
You’ll also be able to manage subscriptions and provide refunds from inside of your WordPress.com account.
Is “WordPress.com Payments” right for you?
If you only plan to sell a moderate number of items and need basic functionalities (like the ability to add pricing details, allow shoppers to make multiple purchases, or collect donations for a charitable initiative), Payments offers all the tools you need.
However, if your inventory is comprised of hundreds of items in different colors and sizes, opening an eCommerce website and integrating a plugin like WooCommerce is a better option.
WooCommerce is an open-source eCommerce platform designed for WordPress sites. It offers advanced functionality, payment and shipping options, inventory tracking, design features, and sales reporting and analytics for business owners who want to create online storefronts.
If you’re just starting to sell online, you can experiment with Payments to see if it offers the tools and features that you need for now. As your business evolves, you may want to integrate WooCommerce for its enhanced tools. You can do this yourself by adding the plugin with a WordPress.com Business plan, or you can get WooCommerce pre-installed with our eCommerce plan.
Utilizing an online payment system is the easiest way for shoppers to purchase your services from the comfort of their own homes. Embedding a Payments button only takes a few minutes and offers long-term payoffs by allowing your business to generate revenue even when the doors of your brick-and-mortar store are closed. It’s a winning situation for your shoppers and for yourself.
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