Stripe: Why You Should Use This Payment Stack For Your Company
We can all agree that the speed of technology is rather fast these days. For instance, I treated myself to a shiny new Apple iPhone 5S back in December. And now, just nine months later, it’s pretty much obsolete thanks to the release of the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus!
Technology plays an important part of many businesses in 2014. We rely on technology so much that some companies would grind to a halt if it no longer existed! One form of technology that most companies rely on is payment card processing.
Cash will always be king. But debit and credit cards offer a secure and convenient way to pay for stuff in the 21st century. We use our cards when we go grocery shopping, and we can even use them online to pay for stuff like pizza!
Companies that sell products are missing out on a huge sales opportunity by not having an e-commerce website. In a nutshell, these websites allow your customers to order from you 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Of course, most Internet users are pretty tech-savvy. They know not to enter personal details like card numbers on rogue websites. They also know to check for the “padlock” symbol in their web browser’s address bar.
From your point of view, how can you best process your customers’ card details when taking payment for orders? There is a raft of online payment processing systems out there. But one stands out above the rest in 2014. I am, of course, talking about Stripe.
# What is Stripe?
Stripe is a payment processing solution for e-commerce websites. You might be thinking “oh, they are just another PayPal.” But the truth is Stripe is much more than just a way of taking payments from customers.
The San Francisco company has been around since 2009. They also have an office in London. And they offer their payment processing services to many countries around the world.
# What’s so great about Stripe?
Unlike some of its competitors, Stripe is a developer-friendly solution. You can use it with popular languages like PHP, Ruby, Python and Java.
They offer an easy-to-use API, so that you don’t have to spend days or even weeks coding your own one for your website.
It’s also easy-to-use for front-end developers as well. For the Stripe Checkout, you can choose from some pre-designed stylish forms.
# Good for mobile apps too
These days, e-commerce is also well-used on smartphones and tablet devices. Stripe is mobile-friendly. That means you can have a seamless connection with Stripe for payment processing.
Another benefit to using Stripe is that there are plenty of third-party extensions that use the service. There is an invoice generator for Stripe that makes it easy to give your customers automatic invoices.
Such extensions also allow your customers to access and print their invoices whenever they wish. Conventional e-commerce invoicing solutions don’t allow for such provision.
I hope you have enjoyed reading today’s article on Stripe. Let us know what you think of the payment processor!