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Using WePay Is Simple

wepayI know, it’s yet another online payment processing company.

If you’re tired of PayPal, or just want to try out something else, maybe you should check out WePay. Originally they started to make it easier for groups of people to collect money and make joint payments, which was pretty cool. They have since broadened their potential user base and have opened their API to developers in a way that will let you customize your shop, or even just collect donations, without people ever leaving your site. WePay’s payment buttons are as simple to insert as a copy/paste, and they even have some ‘you don’t need to know code’ options for those of us who just shake our heads at mastering another code base (or don’t want to bother at all).

Just like PayPal, you can use WePay like a store checkout, to collect donations, or send bills to people. Recently I used it to send a bill to a relative, after we struggled to figure out how to send a check from Asia in a timely fashion. He was able to simply enter his credit card information, without even making an account, and the money was automatically deposited in my checking account.

Shut up and take my moneyCollecting donations is even easier, since you can make a WePay page with a custom URL to help advertise your cause. Built in, you can make customizable page with your picture, your text, and donation options. If you want to allow people to cover the processing fees, or make anonymous contributions, that’s there too. While the pages come with an extra fee to process, the normal buttons do not, and they feature a simple, in-line, form for people to fill out. If you want to get fancy, you can make an online store, and if you’re one of those developer types, the API is open so you can write your own code to interact with your WePay account. They even went and made a Facebook button, if you wanted to run a store off that. But you want to self host, I know, so you’ll be happy to know you can integrate WePay with your site, no matter which CMS you use, including of course WordPress.

Personally I find the back-end navigation of WePay a lot easier to work through than PayPal’s, as when I log in I’m taken right to my account where my buttons and stores are. Also, if you’ve ever had to work with PayPal’s customer service, you know how frustrating it can be to talk to a real human being. WePay has promptly answered my emails and suggestions, and they even have live chat and a US phone number.

The only real drawback I have with WePay is they don’t allow non-US people to sign up for an account, which has been perplexing to my users in South America. They had a little trouble understanding they didn’t need an account to send money, but once they contacted WePay and asked for help, they all reported how simple it was. And the good news is that WePay is working on International support right now.

It may be too much to switch all your sites over to something new, but if you’re in the market for a new way to collect money, give WePay a shot. It’s simple, it’s easy, and it works.

About the author

Mika Epstein

A happy DreamHoster since 2012, Mika is one of the WordPress developers at DreamHost. When she's not making DreamPress better or practicing being the person you want with you for the zombie apocalypse, she's slashing bugs in the next version of WordPress.