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What to consider about payments when selling internationally

September 23, 2016 - 9 Comments

Today’s post comes to us from Sue Park, the head of Small Business Partner Marketing at PayPal. She’s here to share some tips for those of you thinking about expanding your business on a global scale. Take it away, Sue!

Global prosperity and mobile adoption are creating opportunities for small businesses to reach new customers abroad. It’s estimated that by 2025, the global consuming class will grow by 75% to a total of 4.2 billion people. These 4.2 billion consumers will spend an estimated $30 trillion annually.

Whether you’re just beginning to consider the potential of opening your shop for business to international buyers, or already testing a few target markets, the stakes are high: checkout is the place where the majority of international shoppers abandon their purchases.

There are several reasons, but one of the main ones is trust. Consumers should have confidence that their payment will be handled securely, and should have the comfort and convenience of paying in a familiar currency using their preferred method.

Here’s what you should think about and take action on before you start taking payments from international customers.

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What You Should Consider When Switching Payment Gateways

March 10, 2016 - Leave a comment

When you started your store, the payment gateway you chose was likely a great fit for your needs… at the time. But as you’ve grown your business, you might have found yourself in the situation where that gateway no longer fits your needs.

The good news? You’re not stuck in your current situation. Nothing is permanent in eCommerce — your store’s design and components can be upgraded, improved, or switched out at any time.

But if you’re thinking about changing your payment gateway, there’s a lot more to consider than “how fast can I switch?” There are a few aspects you should carefully consider before making the leap to a new gateway, including the impact on your payment options, your finances, and your customers.

If you’re pondering whether or not a payment update is right for you, keep reading to find out what you should evaluate before making any big changes.

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How your payment gateway impacts your customer experience

March 2, 2016 - 1 Comment

The experience that shoppers have in your store can vary from good to bad to somewhere in between. Provide a good experience and they’re more likely to make a purchase; provide a bad one and you’ll probably never see them again.

There’s no single thing that creates good user experience (commonly called UX). There are some common items that probably spring to mind: easy-to-use navigation, clean design, helpful site search, and so on… but ensuring quality UX doesn’t stop at the shopping cart.

Believe it or not, your choice of payment gateway, and how that gateway and its options are presented on your store, can have a big impact on the experience of your shoppers. Choose well and you’ll have more customers; choose poorly and… well, you can guess.

Let’s take a look at how your payment gateway can change the experiences your customers have on your store, and what you can do to lean more in the direction of “good” than “bad.”

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How to Choose the Right Payment Gateway

July 6, 2015 - 5 Comments

If you’re in the process of setting up a store with WooCommerce, at some point you’ll need to enable payments. Accepting payments from your customers isn’t necessarily as easy as flipping a switch and watching the money flow in… but it doesn’t have to be complicated, either. You just need to find the right WooCommerce payment gateway for your business.

With the right payment gateway, you can make it easy for customers to pay for your products. Choosing the right gateway takes a little time, but we’ve found a few ways to narrow down your options and make the process of choosing a little easier.

Let’s explore how you can find the best payment gateway so you can get back to focusing on what matters: launching your new store.

Ready to get add additional gateways to your store? Browse all payment gateway extensions available on the official WooCommerce.com marketplace.

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More extensions, more power

March 1, 2012 - 44 Comments

It seems every thursday WooCommerce just gets more and more powerful thanks to our community of WC developers and  the efforts of our in-house team. Today sees the release of 7 extensions AND WooCommerce 1.5.

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On the first day of December, my true love gave to me…

December 1, 2011 - 11 Comments

Seems like everyone is wondering where this year has gone? Here at WooHQ we know exactly where it has gone for Jay and Mike in the WooLabs – in developing a wealth of value with WooCommerce extensions, themes and child themes for a fast growing community of users.

WooCommerce 1.3

Today see’s the release of WooCommerce version 1.3. A significant upgrade with a rewritten tax module, Schema.org markup for products and reviews (a standard used for Google to make products machine readable), free shipping coupons, improved interfaces for orders and various other improvements and fixes that can be viewed in the changelog.

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Enabling more Woo customers to create online shops

October 20, 2011 - 45 Comments

This week we have three more WooCommerce child themes available for our most popular business themes. What does that mean for you if you own one of the above themes? It means you can very easily get an online shop running with the WooCommerce plugin, a child theme and possibly one or two extensions.

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WooCommerce v1.1 & More Extensions

October 13, 2011 - 42 Comments

Mike and Jay are working tirelessly around the clock, ensuring some great momentum with more significant upgrades to WooCommerce and more extensions that we are pleased to report on.

Product category images made possible in WooCommerce Version 1.1.

WooCommerce Version 1.1

The most important feature of Version 1.1 is that it is fully compatible with the beta versions of WordPress 3.3, ensuring no hiccups and complete peace of mind when it comes time to upgrade.

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