Advanced Payment Gateways / Stripe Connect Plugin
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Payment gateways are the most important components in ecommerce websites. They are the biggest enablers of online monetization. If your users see a familiar, secure and easy-to-use payment gateway on your website, it is very likely that they will complete their orders with you and not abandon their carts.
With customer satisfaction and customer success being the top priorities for SocialEngineAddOns, we have launched this new plugin: "Advanced Payment Gateways / Stripe Connect" to enable better monetization of your community. Currently containing integration of the popular Stripe and Stripe Connect payment gateways, we will be integrating some more payment gateways in the near future.
This plugin has been designed and developed following SocialEngine standards and provides seamless and hassle-free integration with a new payment gateway. You can easily integrate your own payment gateway by reading the documentation and following a few simple instructions provided in the admin panel of this plugin. It not only minimizes your efforts, but also opens doors to integrate new popular payment gateways based on the region of your business operations.
++ Seamless integration with SocialEngine's in-built payments system. Adds more, popular payment gateways in addition to the default PayPal and 2Checkout gateways.
++ Stripe and Stripe Connect payment gateways integration in-built. See "Benefits of Stripe & Stripe Connect" section (http://www.socialengineaddons.com/advanced-payment-gateways-stripe-connect-plugin) for numerous benefits of these gateways like: payments from within the website, easy splitting of payments to earn commissions, highly secure, etc.
++ Enables you to easily integrate your own payment gateway by creating a skeleton code with appropriate file structure.
++ Payments via all major international debit and credit cards like: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, JCB and Diners Club can be accepted via Stripe & Stripe Connect.
++ Integration with:
• SocialEngine's Subscription Plans for users
• Stores / Marketplace - Ecommerce Plugin (http://www.socialengineaddons.com/socialengine-stores-marketplace-ecommerce-plugin)
• Advanced Events - Events Booking, Tickets Selling & Paid Events Extension (http://www.socialengineaddons.com/eventextensions/socialengine-advanced-events-events-booking-tickets-selling-paid-events-extension).
• Directory / Pages Plugin (paid packages) (http://www.socialengineaddons.com/socialengine-directory-pages-plugin)
• Directory / Businesses Plugin (http://www.socialengineaddons.com/socialengine-directory-businesses-plugin)
• Advertisements / Community Ads Plugin (http://www.socialengineaddons.com/socialengine-advertisements-community-ads-plugin).
• Multiple Listing Types - Paid Listings Extension (http://www.socialengineaddons.com/multiplelistingtypesextensions/socialengine-multiple-listing-types-paid-listings)
• Advanced Events Plugin (http://www.socialengineaddons.com/socialengine-advanced-events-plugin)
• Groups / Communities Plugin (http://www.socialengineaddons.com/socialengine-groups-communities-plugin)
++ Compatible with our Discount Coupons Plugin (http://www.socialengineaddons.com/socialengine-discount-coupons-plugin) that provides a unique feature to your website such that you can set-up a free trial period for desired user subscription plans and packages created under above mentioned SocialEngineAddOns plugins.
++ Stripe and Stripe Connect gateways can be used in both test and live modes.
++ Allow your customers / users to save their credit card details for future purchases via Stripe.
*************Benefits of Stripe & Stripe Connect***************
++ Stripe allows your SocialEngine websites to smoothly accept payments. All payments are secure and PCI compliant.
++ Stripe.js securely transmits all card details via a token so that sensitive details never hit your server.
++ With Stripe, you can accept payments from almost any credit card and debit card, no matter where your customer lives. In order to accept payments with Stripe, however, your business must be based in one of the countries Stripe supports. See here for more.
++ Payments can be made from within your website, without user being redirected to Stripe's website. This provides you control on user experience. Other gateways require you to redirect users to their website for making payment.
++ Your website can accept payments in 100+ currencies by connecting through Stripe. See here (https://support.stripe.com/questions/what-countries-does-stripe-support) for more.
++ You (admin) can choose to use either:
• Stripe: All payments will come to you and you can later transfer money to sellers / vendors (if any) after deducting your commission.
• Stripe Connect: If you have multiple sellers / vendors on your website, then this will split payments in real time.
++ Stripe Connect benefits:
• Very useful when you have multiple sellers / vendors on your website.
• Automatically split payments among the sellers' and your Stripe accounts. So, sellers and website admins can get their payments in real-time. Thus, this also enables easy earning of commissions.
• Provides easy setup for sellers / vendors on your website as sellers / vendors can quickly connect to Stripe and authorize on your platform via OAuth process.
• You (admin) can choose that who will pay Stripe's fees for each transaction: the seller, or you (the website).
++ Many popular websites for e-commerce, marketplace, crowdfunding, etc are using Stripe Connect to successfully process their payments. To name a few: Lyft, Pinterest, Kickstarter, Instacart, Twitter, etc are using Stripe & Stripe Connect.
++ In addition to accepting payments via all major international debit and credit cards, Stripe also supports Bitcoin, Apple Pay, Android Pay, China’s Alipay, and gift & prepaid cards.
++ For more information on Stripe Connect, please visit: https://stripe.com/connect and https://stripe.com/docs/connect.
++ Enable / disable gateways
++ Enable / disable Stripe or Stripe Connect
++ Configure who will pay Stripe’s fees
++ View transaction details
++ And many more…
A demo provides a better visualization of any plugin. So, we have provided a list of demos for Stripe / Stripe Connect Payment Gateway below. You can browse demos specifically for all the plugins. To do so, kindly click on the demo link available with plugin’s name which will take you to the demo page / site for your chosen plugin.
++ Stripe Connect with Stores / Marketplace - Ecommerce Plugin: http://demo.socialengineaddons.com/stores/products/startup http://socialcommerce.socialengineaddons.com/stores/products/startup
++ Stripe Connect with Advanced Events - Events Booking, Tickets Selling & Paid Events Extension: http://demo.sell-tickets.socialengineaddons.com/events/package
++ Stripe with SocialEngine subscription Plans: http://demo.socialengineaddons.com/signup
++ Stripe with Directory / Pages Plugin and Directory / Businesses Plugin: http://demo.socialengineaddons.com/pageitems/package
++ Stripe with Groups / Communities Plugin: http://demo.socialengineaddons.com/groups/package
++ Stripe with Multiple Listing Types - Paid Listings Extension : http://demo.socialengineaddons.com/jobs/package
++ Stripe with Advertisements / Community Ads Plugin: http://demo.socialengineaddons.com/ads/adboard
What are the payment gateways currently available in this plugin ?
This plugin currently supports Stripe / Stripe connect payment gateway, but moving forward, we will integrate more payment gateways in this plugin based on client demands and requirements. If you want to integrate a new payment gateway, then please contact us (http://www.socialengineaddons.com/contact) for same.
What is Stripe Connect and how Stripe Connect is different from a normal Stripe account ?
To have a detailed understanding of Stripe Connect, please follow this URL: http://stripe.com/docs/connect which will give you the idea that how Stripe Connect is different from a normal Stripe account.
Can you please recommend to me that how can I decide where to use Stripe and where to use Stripe Connect for SocialEngineAddOns’ plugins installed on my website ?
Yes, you can decide about Stripe and Stripe Connect uses with our plugins like as follows: 1) Stores / Marketplace - Ecommerce Plugin - Stripe Connect, because it will provide a platform for your sellers where they can quickly connect to your platform and start selling the products / services. Also, you can get your commissions directly into your Stripe account once any order has been placed on your website. You can read more about Stripe Connect benefits by following this URL:https://stripe.com/docs/connect. 2) Advanced Events - Events Booking, Tickets Selling & Paid Events Extension - Stripe Connect, reason same as above. 3) Directory / Pages Plugin - Stripe, for making payment to subscribe any package. 4) Directory / Businesses Plugin - Stripe, for making payment to subscribe any package. 5) Groups / Communities Plugin - Stripe, for making payment to subscribe any package. 6) Advanced Events Plugin - Stripe, for making payment to subscribe any package. 7) Multiple Listing Types - Paid Listings Extension - Stripe, for making payment to subscribe any package. 8) Advertisements / Community Ads Plugin - Stripe, for making payment to subscribe any package. Note : You can also use normal Stripe for your Stores / Marketplace - Ecommerce Plugin and Advanced Events - Events Booking, Tickets Selling & Paid Events Extension installed on your website.
Can I use Stripe to make payments for SocialEngine sign-up subscription plans ?
Yes, you can use the Stripe to make payments for SocialEngine sign-up subscription plans which are created through Admin => Billing => Plans on your website.
Do customers need a Stripe account to buy my products / services on my website ?
No, your customers need not have a Stripe account to purchase your offered products and services on your website. All they need is a valid credit card or debit card. For more details, please visit: Which cards and payment types can I accept with Stripe.
What information does sellers require to connect on my platform through Stripe Connect ?
To get started, your sellers require only Stripe account to connect on your platform.
How much does Stripe cost?
Stripe normally charges 2.9% + 30¢ per successful transaction without any monthly fees. This transaction charge also depends on the volume of your transaction. If you want more details about Stripe pricing, please visit this URL: https://stripe.com/us/pricing.
Which countries does Stripe support ?
You can accept the payment from your users through the credit card or debit card no matter where your users live, but in order to accept payments from your users through Stripe, your business must be located in Stripe supported countries. Stripe supports all major countries, but you can find the complete list of supported countries here on: https://support.stripe.com/questions/what-countries-does-stripe-support
What are the currencies supported by Stripe / Stripe connect ?
The Stripe / Stripe Connect supports 100+ currencies. For more details, please visit this URL: https://support.stripe.com/questions/which-currencies-does-stripe-support.
What is the difference between Stripe and PayPal ? or Stripe / PayPal: Who should you choose ?
First of all, both PayPal and Stripe's services are free to set up and charge no monthly fee. You can only incur a charge based on each successful transaction. These charges vary between two gateways but it's very marginal. So, choosing Stripe or PayPal always depends on your business requirements. In order to get more comparison details on these two gateways, you can read some useful articles over here: https://memberful.com/blog/stripe-vs-paypal and http://robmclarty.com/blog/stripe-vs-paypal and can accordingly decide who one to choose.
Can I integrate my own payment gateway in this plugin? If yes, then how can I integrate a new gateway in this plugin?
Yes, you can integrate your own payment gateway in this plugin. If you want to integrate your own payment gateway in this plugin, you just need to follow the steps provided under 'New Payment Gateway Integration' tab available in the admin panel of this plugin and write the code accordingly.
Is this easy to install?
Yes, absolutely! This plugin can be installed seamlessly on your SocialEngine based site with one click Package installation feature.
What will my plugin download contain?
The plugin download will be a zipped file, which upon extraction will give the plugin package tar file, the license file, and the installation instructions file.
Is this a stand-alone plugin?
Yes, no other plugins are required to run this plugin.
Does this plugin work with 3rd-party plugins?
No, this plugin has not been integrated seamlessly with 3rd-party plugins, however, a developer can easily integrate this plugin with any 3rd-party plugins such as payment, steps of checkout and our plugin's payment gateway flow.
Can I set up a free trial period for the SocialEngine subscription plans for my users using Discount Coupons Plugin and Advanced Payment Gateways / Stripe Connect plugin ?
Yes, this plugin provides a unique feature for your website that you can set up a free trial period for the SocialEngine subscription plans, i.e. you can create a discount coupon which will provide discount to your users in the initial 2 months and from 3rd month onwards, the respective subscription plan charges would be applied. In other way, you can create 2 months trial period and after that, you can start charging your users. [This feature works only with Stripe / Stripe Connect payment gateway and Discount Coupons Plugin installed on your website. If your website does not have installed Discount Coupons Plugin installed, then please click here (http://www.socialengineaddons.com/socialengine-discount-coupons-plugin) to purchase it.]
I want to customize this plugin according to the offerings and design of my site. Can you help me?
Yes, please contact us (http://www.socialengineaddons.com/contact) with your customization requirements.