4 c. Setting up your payment provider

Now that you’ve set up your eCom store to know what to charge your customers and you’ve configured the system to handle shipping, you’re almost ready to start selling! Which means you’ll need to be able to accept payment from your customers.

Lightspeed eCom supports a number of payment providers, and you can find a full listing of them in our About payment service providers eCom article. 

Today, we’ll be focusing on setting up the three payment providers most commonly used by eCom subscribers: CayanStripe and Paypal.

While we'll be discussing the advantages that Cayan, Stripe and PayPal provide, it’s important to note that you don’t need to choose between them if they are available in your region. You can and should set up your eCom store to integrate with multiple payment providers. Offering a wide variety of payment methods will make it easier for your customers to pay you.

Instructions

Both Cayan and Stripe host the checkout process directly in your online store. This is what you call an integrated payment provider. As for PayPal, the checkout process is hosted by the payment provider before redirecting your customer back to your online store.

Cayan

If you are an American merchant, Cayan is a popular and recommend payment provider for your eCom store.

The first step will be to contact Cayan and set up an account with them. Cayan will provide you with the credentials you’ll need to connect their gateway to your eCom store.

You can find a detailed guide for setting up a payment provider for use with eCom (with a Cayan-specific example) in our Configuring a payment method eCom article.

Stripe

For our merchants outside of the USA, Stripe is a popular and recommend payment provider for your eCom store. If you are an American merchant however, you are still welcome to use Stripe along with or instead of Cayan and PayPal.

The first step will be to contact Stripe and set up an account with them. Stripe will provide you with the credentials you’ll need to connect their gateway to your eCom store.

You can find a detailed guide for setting up Stripe as your payment provider in our Configuring Stripe eCom article.

PayPal

PayPal is easily one of the most widely-known online payment providers in the world, and integrating with them is a great way to make your business accessible to millions of people around the globe. The first step to accepting payments through PayPal is to create a PayPal account on their website. Once you have:

  1. Log in to your eCom dashboard
  2. From the left menu, click on Settings > Payment Providers > Add Payment Provider.
  3. Add PayPal to your list of providers. 
  4. Enable the Active this payment provider toggle.
  5. In the PROVIDER SETTINGS section, enter the e-mail address associated with your PayPal account.

    NOTE: The additional settings can be completed according to your preferences. Refer to our Configuring a payment method eCom article for guidance.

  6. At the top or bottom of the page, click Save.

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