Best eCommerce Integrations Compatible With Square Payments

Dec 24, 2019

Square has built a solid reputation of making credit card payment processing available to everyone. Their newest offering, Square Online Store, seeks to simplify the online store experience along with facilitating taking payments through its Square platform.

Although it is easy to use, since you don’t need coding or web design experience, high volume sellers may find this platform very limiting in comparison to other eCommerce options.

If you are interested in exploring other eCommerce options while still maintaining Square as your payment processor, look no further. Here are five highly recommended options that Square features in its app marketplace.

  1. BigCommerce

Bid Commerce is a cloud-based cart software that helps all merchants, regardless of experience or revenue, sell their wares online. There are no setup or cancellation fees. There is no contract to sign for the monthly plans. Pricing levels are solely based on your store’s annual online sales. They offer a free 15-day trial and no credit card is required. Some of their features include: inventory management, product reviews, one page checkout, offer free shipping, and sell on social media, just to name a few.

  1. Ecwid

Ecwid is an abbreviation for “eCommerce Widgets” and is basically a shopping cart widget that can be incorporated into any website with only a few lines of code. With Ecwid, merchants can sell through multiple websites, social networks, and marketplaces, while managing their business as an “easy-to-use admin.” Although there is no free trial, Ecwid does offer a free plan where sellers can list 10 products to sell to get up and running. This model is used to upsell you to other paid plans. All plans are billed monthly and there are no contracts to sign. Some of their features include: marketplace integrations, promotions and discounts, language capabilities, real-time shipping rates, and so much more.

  1. Weebly

Although recently acquired by Square, Weebly is considered the largest and most popular “drag and drop” website builders on the market.  After the acquisition, Weebly now features three different editors (including Square’s Online Store) to build your online store and its website builder is now fully integrated with Square’s online processing service. Some of Weebly’s features include: Mobile management, shopping on Instagram, video hosting, and a blog.

  1. WooCommerce

WooCommerce is a free open source shopping cart plugin that works exclusively with WordPress websites. It is free to download, however, not free to operate a fully functional WooCommerce store. Do expect to pay for web hosting and extensions to take advantage of the advanced features. Some of its features include: mobile-friendly design, sell digital and physical products, inventory management, shipping options, and more.

  1. Square eCommerce API

Square’s Application Programming Interface allows Square to act as both your gateway and your payments processor. Unfortunately, you will need both programming and coding skills to make it function. More than likely, you will need to hire a developer to do it for you. This can translate into a hefty investment, based on your needs.

This is the best fit if you already have a background in web technology and have a firm grasp on how programming works. However, if you do lack the know-how, it might be best to go with a “pre-built” solution.

In Conclusion

Although far more advanced than what Square’s Online Store can offer, even the best eCommerce integrations featured here will have limitations. It is best to explore all these options carefully to make sure that it fulfills all of your business needs.

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Having a merchant account allows an account holder to take advantage of merchant cash advances. When a merchant is approved for an advance, the business agrees to receive a lump sum of cash in exchange for an agreed-upon percentage of future credit card sales.

Pricing varies depending on the merchant’s industry, past credit card processing history, the type of business seeking the account, average ticket sales, and average transaction volumes.

Yes, EMB works with merchants who are building their credit, as well as those who have poor credit. EMB also approves merchants that have no credit card processing history and businesses that have lost their merchant accounts due to high chargebacks.

Several factors influence a merchant’s risk level. Though only one factor likely will not get a merchant classified as high risk, a combination of these may: business size, location, and industry, credit score, credit card processing history, a industry’s reputation for excessive chargebacks, a prior history of high chargeback ratios, and whether a merchant exclusively sells online.

Virtual terminals are stationed on a merchant’s website, making it easy for customers to make a payment or purchase online. Merchants or a payment processor can easily set up virtual terminals, so online businesses can accept credit and debit card and e-check transactions.

A merchant account is a business account with an acquiring bank. Without this business account, which actually works more like a line of credit, a merchant cannot accept and process credit and debit card transactions. Businesses need a merchant account to accept major credit cards via a static point-of-sale terminal, mobile card reader, or through a virtual payment gateway.

After filling out EMB’s simple online application and submitting any necessary, requested documents, many merchants get approved within 24 and 48 hours.

EMB specializes in working with high-risk merchants. EMB works with many merchants, including but not limited to businesses in these industries: gambling and gaming, adult entertainment, nutraceuticals, vaping and e-cigarettes, electronics, tech support, travel, high-end furniture, weight loss programs, calling cards, e-books and software, and telecommunications.

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