PCGS specific links for clients and for internal use.
Survival Kit: Helping You to Get Started
Click below to view various PCGS Survival Kit tips.
Job 1: Teamwork
Teamwork between clients and PCGS participation is important every step of the way.
Below, I have added a few videos you can access quickly from here on my site. Click topics below to learn more about WordPress. BUT if you would like to have an entire video course on learning WordPress, please visit WPBeginner and sign up today!
Video: What is WordPress?
Introduction to WordPress
Just a few introductory tutorials to help you learn more about WordPress.
Video: WordPress.com vs WordPress.org
Video: How to Install WordPress
Video: About the WordPress Dashboard
From WordPress 101
Click below to view Stripe topics.
Comparing PayPal vs Stripe
PayPal facts and advantages
- As of this writing fees to use a PayPal Personal account (the free version) is 2.9% plus $0.30 USD. This fee applies to sending money to a friend or selling something or receiving a donation with the downloadable self installed PayPal “Buy Now” button or a PayPal shopping cart on your web site.
- The reason you may want to keep your PayPal Personal account is to make purchases online. It’s a convenient way to go and sometimes it is the only way.
- PayPal offers phone support but only if you have a lot of patience and don’t mind the wait.
- PayPal can be super heavy handed when it comes to your money and is known for freezing accounts so PayPal has become less trusted among those of us who sell things online.
- Your visitor will be transported to PayPal where they can make a secure purchase. Which is a good thing for security, however, many customers find the transition from one site to another troubling or distracting and often the sale will not be completed. Not a good thing.
- In order for your customer to use PayPal, they may feel required to have a PayPal account. Even if it is only a perception — it is a mental roadblock to completing the transaction.
- PayPal will hold on to monies in your account until you manually request those funds be transferred to your bank account.
- If you want to keep customers on your site when they make a purchase you must upgrade to PayPal Payments Pro which will cost you $30 a month plus the per transaction fees (2.9% plus $0.30 USD).
Stripe facts and advantages
- Fees for Stripe are the same as PayPal.
- Once you set up your bank account hooked up to Stripe — your money will transfer to your bank account within 2 business days unless you have a trial period or something like that set up in your product. But once the money hits your account you get paid in TWO business days.
- When your customers click to make a purchase on your site. Stripe out of the box has download able script that will create a popup window ON YOUR SITE that allows your customers to make a secure purchase without leaving your site. Less resistance for simple sales items.
- Lots of WordPress sites are using Stripe these days. Including mine.
- If you need a customized checkout, works great with Gravity Forms via the Stripe Add-On (see below for a caveat).
- I maintain a developers license for Gravity Forms so this is a benefit of doing business with PCGS.
- No telephone support, BUT their support email is decent. Not fabulous but decent.
- Setup is a tad less user friendly than PayPal and unless you are used to working with Websites you may not want to install it yourself. You should always test payment gateways first.
- If you use Gravity Forms for a more elaborate checkout, you will need to purchase a SSL certificate which will cost you a whopping $50 per year via your WPEngine hosting account.
- The Gravity Forms Stripe Add-On is only available via a Gravity Forms Developers License (a bundle of other Gravity Forms Add-Ons are included) which costs $199 a year. But as stated, above, I maintain a developers license for Gravity Forms so this is a benefit of doing business with PCGS.
How do I get started with Stripe?
Visit Stripe and sign up for an account. Its best you do that yourself. Once you have your account set up, you can add me to your account. I find it helpful in the beginning. Once you are all set up and things are going well I prefer to be removed from your account. Otherwise I will be notified everytime you sell something etc. and I find it overwhelming and unnecessary.
Another thing you will want to do after everything is working nicely is to activate the Stripe double authentication feature which sends you a PIN (via text messaging or email) you must input before you can login. That way hackers have a tough time getting into your site unless they can intercept your mobile text messages or email.
Stripe Account: How can I tell simple sales from subscriptions?
Just so you know, there isn’t a direct way to do this when viewing the “Payments” tab in the Stripe dashboard directly. But when you click to view a specific charge, you can see whether it’s associated with an invoice or not: Under the “Connections” section you may find “Invoice” with a number next to it. If you find such an Invoice reference— it’s a charge due to a recurring payment/subscription plan. If it doesn’t then it’s a simple one time charge.
Stripe Account: About free trial periods
When I set up a free trial period in Gravity Forms, Stripe knows what to do and will create a subscription item inside your Stripe account. You will be notified of a sale immediately But Stripe knows to wait until the trial period has transpired and only then will the clients credit card be charged. You will probably see a pending payment in your online banking system during the entire trial period. It will just hang there. So be patient my friend. You will be paid once the period is complete.