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Every ecommerce owner has to tackle one of the key elements of running an online store: implementing the payment gateway of choice. There’s a number of popular online payment providers available (in fact, you’ll find out about 11 from this post only), and if you run your store on Spree platform, you have a variety of options to choose from. Find out more about available Spree payment gateways and handy features that will facilitate the payment process for your customers.
What’s your Spree Gateway Choice?
There are plenty of options available to you if you are running a Spree Store. Increasingly, a lot of companies – large and small – have been throwing their hat into the PSP ring in efforts to offer alternative online payment methods and mount some much-needed competition for the leader, PayPal (see our recent post ‘10 Online Payment Service Providers You Need to Know About’).
They all enjoy different features that might very well be much more suited to your store, your business and your customers’ needs, and for your convenience we have outlined 11 popular gateways that can be integrated into your Spree Store below.
The Spree Gateway Extension
The Spree payments model has been designed to be highly flexible, and this means that – thanks to an open source extension – it’s absolutely possible for online merchants such as yourself to be able to offer your customers multiple payment options when it comes to making a purchase.
It’s now imperative to the success of your store that you offer your users a choice of payment options. As mentioned above, trust is absolutely fundamental when it comes to online financial transactions, and offering the right payment gateway can often determine whether or not a customer completes the order, making you a sale.
No matter which PSP you go for, if you’re dealing in global sales, then you’ll need a means to provide currency options for your customers. The Spree Multi-Currency feature is another open source project by Spree that allows users to change the currency in which they’ll be paying (provided that the PSP used supports the currency in question).
So, in order to start adding more payment options to your site, you’ll first need to start running the Spree Gateway extension. (The beauty, of course, that comes with Spree, lies in the fact that it is open source, which means that not only is it free, but is supported by a large online community of users and professionals who are all committed to ensuring that it’s as bug-free and user-friendly as possible). Once you have done this, then you will have access to a number of payment gateways, from which you can choose the ones that are most suited to your customers and your online store.
Different gateways, of course, offer different features, and so below we have put together a list of Spree supported gateways and given some details as to what you can expect from each.
Even though Paypal now seems to have a dedicated army of determined detractors, the fact that it’s still loved and trusted by so many users (the site boasts that having a PayPal button on your site on average will increase sales by 31%) means that it still makes sense to offer it as a payment option on your site.
With PayPal you can create a customizable checkout, and it’s available in 26 currencies across 203 countries.
Stripe has emerged to be one of the biggest contenders to PayPal, and it’s easy to see why. Being already integrated with literally thousands of iOS and Android apps, it’s in a great position to meet a lot of online merchants’ needs.
Furthermore, Stripe also offers revenue and subscription management, and is much favoured by businesses like Rackspace and Parse who can take advantage of this. However, what Stripe doesn’t offer is its own shopping cart, but with Spree this is very easily integrated anyway, so not too much of a problem.
Formerly known as Moneybookers, Skrill is one of the most versatile PSPs on the market, supporting over 100 payment options for customers.
Skrill is available in over 200 countries and supports 40 different currencies. One of its most innovative features is that it allows you to send text messages to your customers right from your account. It’s also free to start using, and is generally considered to enjoy one of the lowest fees on the PSP market. Netguru team contributed to Skrill, joining their internal teams in Berlin and Sofia to build the online payment account management app.
Braintree is available for merchants in Australia, Canada, Europe, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and the US.
Though PayPal detesters, you must know that Braintree is a PayPal company. As such, this can actually work in your favor. Braintree will accept most of the payment methods as that of PayPal, and any of your customers who do not like the parent site will still use it.
However, if you do not like using PayPal at all for your business purposes then you’re best off steering clear of Braintree.
Authorize.Net will accept payments from anywhere in the world, however, your business must be registered in Australia, Canada, Europe, the UK or US in order to register.
Security and fraud prevention is a key selling point for Authorize.Net, and offers the feature for syncing any transactions conducted via the gateway with your Quickbooks account.
Your checkout page can also be customized with Authorize.Net.
More Integrations Coming Soon!
Spree Commerce is adding integrations all the time. One payment gateway in the queue is Payeezy. The Payeezy Gateway makes it easy to accept a wide range of payments and manage payment transactions anytime, anywhere, by accepting more payment types than any provider. Follow Spree on Twitter to keep in touch and see what’s coming next!
To view this full post in its original format, including the six other payment gateways, visit the blog of netguru.