It’s no secret that the Internet is one of the most useful tools that business owners can take advantage of. In fact, it’s even possible for someone to use a smartphone to run an entire company.
For those who use WooCommerce to manage their online store, integrating Apple Pay can help you streamline the checkout segment of your customer’s purchase. But, not everyone knows how to set it up properly.
Not sure where to start? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
Let’s take a look at everything you need to know about WooCommerce Apple Pay integration.
Why Use Apple Pay?
As you may expect, you’ll be far more likely to make sales if you make the payment process as easy as possible for your customers. Given the immense convenience that Apple strives to offer, it only makes sense to accommodate Apple Pay as an option during checkout.
For those who aren’t quite sure how Apple Pay functions, it essentially lets customers use debit or credit information that’s previously been saved on their phones as a method to make online payments. Since you won’t be required to re-enter information after the first time, it’s an extremely convenient option to have.
Additionally, since only businesses who have gone through the necessary steps to install and activate Apple Pay are able to use it, having this option can help strengthen the trust that buyers have in your brand.
This is particularly useful for first-time buyers who are unfamiliar with your company.
We’ll likely see a drastic increase in those who use Apple Pay as time goes on, which will slowly make the benefits more evident. For the time being, though, it’s a method worth incorporating solely for the flexibility that it provides.
Why Is Using WooCommerce Necessary?
Those who use WordPress to host their online store will find that the platform doesn’t have an option for supporting online processing on its own. You’ll need to use third-party plugins to help you take care of this responsibility.
Fortunately, this is where WooCommerce comes in. In fact, it’s the most popular plugin to help facilitate this process.
Before you move on, take a moment to ensure that the plugin is both installed correctly and currently activated— you’ll save yourself a lot of trouble in the future by circumventing issues related to not having done so.
Let’s explore the Apple Pay integration process.
1. Set Up Stripe within WooCommerce
Before you’re able to add Apple Pay functionality to your online store, you’ll have to first set up your Stripe account within WooCommerce.
For those unfamiliar, Stirpe is an online payment processing software that will serve as the foundation for Apple Pay on your website. Before you’re able to activate Stripe, though, you’ll also need to enable SSL on your managed WordPress hosted website.
This is a digital certificate that provides authentication for a website (such as a store). It also facilitates maintaining an encrypted connection, allowing you to ensure that personal/financial information is properly protected.
This is especially important since the cybercrime industry is projected to be worth over $6 trillion by 2021.
While this may seem unnecessarily complicated, it’s far easier than it sounds.
When you first install WooCommerce, the software will give you the opportunity to configure a wide array of setting to suit your needs. One of them allows you to activate Stripe payments on your website. All you’ll need to do is turn this setting on.
If you’ve already been using WooCommerce, though, you’re still able to activate it without any issues.
First, navigate to the WooCommerce dashboard. Then, choose the ‘Plugins’ tab and then click ‘add new.’ Afterward, you can use the search bar to find an extension called WooCommerce Stripe Payment Gateway.
Install the plugin and then click ‘Activate’ once you’ve completed the installation.
2. Configure Apple Payments for Stripe
Once you have Stripe properly activated, you’ll have the required foundation to set up Apple Pay.
You’ll need to add your Stripe account keys to WooCommerce in order for the plugin to function, though. Then, you’ll simply need to activate Apple Pay.
You’ll be pleased to learn that you can accomplish both of these tasks simultaneously, allowing you to avoid encountering any unnecessary complications. By navigating to your Stripe plugin info (WooCommerce -> Settings -> Payments), you can click ‘Manage’ to access your Stripe settings.
After doing so, you’ll find two fields— one is labeled ‘Live Secret Key’ and the other is ‘Live Publishable Key’. This information can be found within your Stripe account dashboard.
Once you’ve obtained them, simply paste the info into the corresponding field.
Afterward, be sure to scroll further down the page and click ‘Enable’ on the ‘Payment Request Buttons’ field. This will allow customers to use Apple Pay when they make online purchases from your store.
All you’ll need to do next is click ‘Save’ and everything should be ready to go.
If you encounter any complications, try repeating each part of the process— since you’ll need to navigate through a handful of menus, it can be easy to miss a crucial step along the way.
WooCommerce Apple Pay Integration Can Seem Difficult
But it doesn’t have to be.
With the above information about how to configure WooCommerce Apple Pay in mind, you’ll be well on your way toward making the decision that’s best for your business.
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