3 Ways to Accept Credit Card Payments Online

When you’re starting a business website, one of the most important steps to take will be configuring the option to accept credit card payments for your products or services.

When you build your website using WordPress.com, there are multiple payment methods at your disposal, many of which can be added to any of your pages or posts. Below, you’ll find three effective methods to meet your needs, whether you’re just looking for basic credit card payments or a full eCommerce platform.

1. WordPress.com Payments with Stripe

One of the most powerful features on WordPress.com is found in our Payments block, which allows you to collect both one-time payments for individual products and services, as well as recurring payments for subscription payments.

The Payments features integrate with Stripe to process credit and debit card purchases securely. You can also manage subscriptions, offer refunds, and track what you’ve earned through your site directly from your WordPress.com account.

We’ve made Payments available to all paid WordPress.com plans, Personal, Premium, and Business. It works for bloggers and freelancers as well as small businesses and online stores. Use it to sell digital downloads as well as physical products.

2. The Pay with PayPal Block

PayPal is one of the better-known online payment processors on the market. It allows users to accept both credit and debit card payments.

If that’s your preferred method for collecting online payments, WordPress.com has a block that makes connecting with PayPal simple. The Pay with PayPal block is available starting with our Premium plan.

Insert and customize this block to add a section on your pages or posts that looks like this:

3. Third-party plugins

Want more options? If you have a WordPress.com Business plan, you have even more choices. Let’s say your business needs have grown and you require the support of an entire eCommerce platform. WooCommerce may be the better choice. In addition to accepting credit card payments, it lets you create product listings and establish a checkout process.

The WordPress.org repository has a large selection of payment plugins from which you can choose. However, our secure Payments features that already integrate with Stripe provide reliable ways to collect credit card payments on your website, and you won’t have to worry about plugin updates.

Try them on for size

Like many aspects of running a business, there’s an element of trial and error involved with finding the right payment method for your website. To accept credit card payments, give each option a try and get a feel for which one most empowers your customers and provides the features you need with fees that you can live with.

If you need something more robust, WordPress.com also has a powerful plan designed for eCommerce websites, which helps you take advantage of all the benefits of the popular WooCommerce plugin.

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