Let's face it, at some point you're probably going to want to add the ability to accept online payments on your RapidWeaver site. It might be a simple "Buy Now" button that takes the user to PayPal, or perhaps it’ll be an advanced e-commerce store with stock management, multiple currencies, and so on.
RapidWeaver can handle adding any type of online store to your site with support for all the major online payments processors — from PayPal to Stripe to Gumroad and much more.
In this post, I'll run you through the most popular e-commerce solutions for RapidWeaver.
Buy Now buttons with PayPal
The quickest and easiest way to start accepting payments online is by using a third-party payment processor like PayPal. The downside to this option is the customer will be sent off to the PayPal website to complete their purchase. This is can cause confusion for some customers as they will be asked to enter their card details on a completely different website. This might be a problem as people become more conscious about online security, and are wary of entering their card details online.
Anyway, there are a lot of addons that help you to integrate a PayPal checkout on your site, here are the most popular:
Integrating Third-party Services
Another option is to integrate an online service into your RapidWeaver site. This is a good option if you don't want (or need) to manage the entire store and payment process, but want the checkout to happen on your site.
The general idea with these options is that you manage your products on the third-party site and then add their checkout code to your site. This means if you want to change any details about your products you must do so on the third-party website.
The advantage here is that it's quick and easy to setup a secure online store that happens entirely on your site — the customer never leaves. Here are the most popular options for RapidWeaver:
- Cartloom is great for digital and physical products of any kind. They have a set of Cartloom stacks that integrate tightly with RapidWeaver.
- Paddle is what we use to sell all of our software, including RapidWeaver. This is a great option if you want to sell licensed software. The unofficial PaddleStack will integrate a Paddle check out into your site.
Side note: you can also integrate services like Gumroad that don't require an addon. All you need to do is add their code to your site. If you want to use something like Gumroad, our eCommerce Course goes through those options in detail.
Full e-commerce with RapidCart Pro
Finally, if you want a fully featured e-commerce store that you can manage from within RapidWeaver then RapidCart Pro is the best option.
It's more complicated than any of the services listed here, but you have complete control over everything. You can custom design your store and check out to work exactly as you wish.
If this is something that sounds interesting to you, the RapidWeaver eCommerce Course covers RapidCart Pro in-depth.