Step 10. Set up PayPal and Stripe payment gateways

What is the key point of any online store? Should it look awesome? Yes. Should it run like a clock? Of course, it should. But the success of any e-commerce venture depends on the ability to sell products to the customers.

You cannot become a great seller unless you earn the trust of your potential clients. And a reputable payment gateway is very helpful for raising your credibility.

A payment gateway is an e-commerce service that allows secure online transactions with credit cards and other forms of payment via websites. If payment options of your online store are installed improperly, you risk losing lots of orders: unsatisfied customers may cause a great drop in sales. So, as you see, a trustworthy payment gateway is one of the basic factors of success of your online business in the long term.

To make the right choice, there are some aspects to keep in mind.

  • The payment gateway shouldn’t make your customers fill in lots of unnecessary fields. Take care of your customers and save their time and efforts.
  • The payment gateway should have multi-currency support. Who knows what countries you will decide to target later.
  • The payment gateway should accept debit cards, credit cards, and PayPal payments.

We strongly recommend using PayPal and Stripe – the most universal payment gateways which can satisfy any needs of an online dropshipping store.

How to connect PayPal Personal Account

Log into your PayPal account.

Go to Summary => Seller preferences.

Click Update in your API access settings.

Choose Manage API credentials.

Copy your API Username, API Password, and Signature.

In your AliDropship Plugin menu go to Settings => Payments.

Activate the options “Enable PayPal payment option” and “Enable PayPal Express checkout”.

Add your API username, API password, and Signature.

Choose the currency of payment from the drop-down menu. If you want to enlarge the list of available currencies, select more of them in Settings => General => Additional Currencies. All the selected additional currencies will be available in your PayPal settings.

Enter your PayPal email and brand name of your store. To make your PayPal checkout look more professional, you can upload your website logo. Click Save changes.

Now your store can accept payments through PayPal payment gateway! Yay!

P.S. If you cannot find PayPal credentials on your account, contact PayPal support to ask where you can find your API settings.

How to connect PayPal Business Account

Log into your PayPal account.

Go to Profile and Settings.

Proceed to My selling tools. Find API access option and click Update.

Go to Custom checkout experience -> NVP/SOAP API Integration (Classic) -> Manage API credentials.

Copy your API username, API password, and Signature.

In your AliDropship Plugin menu go to Settings => Payments.

Activate the options “Enable PayPal payment option” and “Enable PayPal Express checkout”.

Choose the currency of payment from the drop-down menu. If you want to enlarge the list of available currencies, select more of them in Settings => General => Additional Currencies. All the selected additional currencies will be available in your PayPal settings.

Enter your API username, API password and Signature.

Enter your PayPal email and brand name of your store. To make your PayPal checkout look more professional, you can upload your website logo. Click Save changes.

Now your store can accept payments through PayPal payment gateway!

P.S. If you cannot find PayPal credentials on your account, please contact PayPal support to ask where you can find your API settings.

How to connect Stripe Account

First of all, make sure that your website has SSL certificate. It is an essential condition for everyone who is going to use Stripe.

Then you should create a Stripe account. Go to their official site  and click the Create account button.

Fill in all necessary fields: Email, Full Name, Password, etc. and submit your registration request. Then you will get an email notification with further details. Confirm your email to go further.

Your next step is account activation. Fill out your account application. First, choose the country your business based in.

Define your website as “e-commerce store”. Then describe your niche, “Pets clothing sold to a wide audience in an e-commerce store” or something like this. Remember that if you offer sensitive products you may face some problems with approval. The field below, “Your website”, is for your domain name.

Enter your account details: choose your business type from the drop-down menu and enter your business address. You can also add your Tax ID here (optional).

Since you are the company representative, you have to enter your legal name, date of birth and social security number.

Add your business name and phone number (your customers will see them in their credit card statements). Enter your bank account details.

Click Activate account. When your account is verified, you will receive an email notification.

Proceed to the API tab in your Dashboard. Use the toggle on the right-hand side of the page to view your test credentials. Generate your Publishable and Secret Keys. (Note that until your account is activated, only test data is available.)

Paste the created keys in your payment settings. Go to AliDropship => Settings => Payments => Credit Cards. Select Stripe from the Service drop-down menu.

Enable Stripe payment option, add a title which will be displayed on the Checkout page instead of the original “Credit card” and select your payment currency from the drop-down menu. If you want to enlarge the list of available currencies, select more of them in Settings => General => Additional Currencies. All the chosen additional currencies will be available in PayPal settings. Paste your Publishable and Secret Keys. Click Save changes.

Now your store can accept payments through Stripe and PayPal payment gateways. We must say that the major part of customers pays with a credit card – so, you’ve made a right choice to set up Stripe! And PayPal will be definitely of use too!