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Taking payments online, the easy way

By Adam Astbury

December 13th, 2015

It has been two months since I indulged in my Apple obsession and purchased my very own Apple Watch. Since then I have been pinching, swiping, and tapping my way through apps and notifications like a kid with a new toy – and I’ll admit that (up until recently) – that’s exactly what it was to me. However, with the arrival of Apple Pay, I can’t wait to put it through its paces with some of the more practical uses; and to see what it means for the future of online payments.

Apple Pay + Stripe, the perfect combination?

When Stripe broke into the online payment scene back in 2014, I was excited to see how they would compare with the online giant that is PayPal. As a developer, it has been an absolute dream to work with, and it cuts down the integration time by almost half compared with PayPal’s somewhat bloated system. Our clients also love it, and many of them have adopted it as their primary payment method through their custom e-commerce builds and booking systems.

If you’re processing, transmitting, or storing credit card data, you must comply with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS), and this can be a very long and painful process. A major benefit of using Stripe is that they are certified to PCI Service Provider Level 1; which is the most stringent level of certification available. What’s more, all of the leg work is done on their servers. This means that all you really need is an SSL certificate (which we can set-up and install for you). To sum all of this up, you’ll spend less time filling out forms, and more time concentrating on your business.

The future of online payments

On iOS Apps, Stripe already works beautifully with Apple Pay, so with a touch of the home button on your iPhone (or two clicks on the side-button of your Apple Watch), paying online is now more simple than ever. Although currently only available on iOS applications, transportation (London underground) and in-store purchases, we don’t think it will be long before it will be possible to use Apple Pay via websites – so If you already have an online shop or are taking payments online, this really is a piece of technology that you should be tapping in to.

Thinking of setting up an online shop?

If you are looking at setting up a brand-new ecommerce website or booking system, or have an outdated system in need of an upgrade, give us a call or drop us an email at [email protected] and we can discuss your requirements.