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Is Jetpack Simple Payment Button the Best Solution for You? Pros & Cons

by Shahzad Saeed on Nov 30, 2017

Looking to take payments or donations on your site? Wondering if Jetpack’ Simple Payment Button is the right solution for you? We’ll explain about Jetpack’s Simple Payment Button, its pros and cons and help you decide if it is the best choice for your need.

What Is Jetpack’s Simple Payment Button?

The Simple Payment Button is an addon feature in the Jetpack plugin that allows you to add PayPal payment button to your posts and pages. With Jetpack, adding a PayPal button to your site is easy. Without messing up with the embed code, you can add a PayPal payment button in just a few clicks.

Here’s how it works on your site.

When a visitor clicks on the payment button, a modal popup will appear that requires your visitor to complete the checkout.

jetpack payment button- paypal checkout

The Simple Payment Button by Jetpack is a nice choice for you if you’re already subscribed to Jetpack’s Premium and Professional plans.

Pros

  • It’s quick and easy: Whenever you want to add a payment, you don’t have to mess with the PayPal embed code. In just a few clicks, you can embed the button on your pages and start accepting payment.
  • No redirect: Clicking on the button will trigger a modal popup asking your visitors to complete the checkout. That means payment will be processed without redirecting users to any other site.
  • Notification: When a payment is finished, you’ll receive an email notifying about the payment.

Cons

  • Bloated: The Jetpack plugin comes with too many features. You’ll never need most of those features on your site. If you’re not already a Jetpack user, you mightn’t want to install it, just for using Simple Payment Button.
  • Too costly: The Simple Payment Button is only available to Jetpack Premium and Professional customers, which costs you $99 at least per year. If you’re not subscribed to any of these plans already, there’s no reason to purchase the plugin just for embedding a PayPal button.
  • Not suitable for selling products or services: If you’re looking to sell your product or services, you might want to get additional information from your customers. With Jetpack Simple Payment Button, there is no way to access any additional information along with the payment.
  • No Stripe support: Currently, Jetpack doesn’t support Stripe payment.
  • Requires you to connect with WordPress.com: In order to use most of the Jetpack features, you must connect your site with your WordPress.com account.

The Easiest Way to Accept Payment

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Whether you’re accepting donation or selling products or services, using WPForms is the easiest way to accept payment. With WPForms, all you need to do is to create a contact form and integrate PayPal or Stripe payment into your form.

A few benefits of using WPForms for accepting payments on your site are:

  • Highly flexible payment form with ease: WPForms makes it super easy to create a donation or order form on your site. Unlike Jetpack, it allows you to access any additional information from your donors and customers along with the payment.
  • Drag and drop builder: Since WPForms comes with a drag and drop builder, you can quickly create a payment form without hassle.
  • Better notifications: When a form is being submitted, you’ll be notified immediately.
  • PayPal or Stripe: WPForms supports PayPal and Stripe. You can even allow your users to choose the right payment options that best suit for their needs.
  • Conditional logic: You can show or hide fields, and even automatically add your users to your list using smart conditional logic.
  • Tons of different addons: Unlike Jetpack, WPForms comes with all the right set of features that make it easy to accept payments on your site. For example, you can use Form Abandonment to unlock more leads by capturing partial entries, or Offline Forms to enable offline mode to save data offline until your user’s internet connection is restored.

You can see the full set of features of WPForms here.

Accepting Payments With WPForms- Step by Step

The first thing you need to do is to install and activate the WPForms plugin. Here’s a step by step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Now that you’ve activated your plugin, go to WPForms » Add New to get started with your first form.

Now, specify the name of your form and choose either Donation Form or Billing / Order Form template. When the pre-built form loads, most of the work is already done. You can add, remove, and customize the fields using the drag and drop builder.

choose payment form template

Then, click the Payments tab and choose either PayPal Standard or Stripe. Then, configure the payment settings per your needs.

payments settings

You can now add WPForms to any post or page in WordPress. It’s pretty easy!

For complete step-by-step instructions, you can check out our tutorial on creating a non-profit donation form or creating an order form.

We hope this guide helped you figure out the pros and cons of Jetpack.

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