If you've heard of stripe you'll know it's a great platform for accepting credit card payments. If you haven't heard of it and are reading this then you should try it out: https://stripe.com
If you already use Stripe please read to the end and upgrade to 5.0 as soon as possible.
From the Stripe website: "Stripe is the best way to accept payments online. Stripe aims to expand internet commerce by making it easy to process transactions and manage an online business."
There are three reasons I recommend it to my clients:
Sign-up is REALLY easy and quick - you certainly don't need to send them a photo of your 3rd uncle to verify your identity.
Fees are lower than other popular payment systems.
If you have been using Stripe with CiviCRM you'll know that the integration had become a little out of date, with many users suffering from the "Stripe token not passed" and other issues.
That has now changed! Some of you will have noticed a new 5.0 release.
MJW Consulting have now taken over as the maintainers of the extension and, in partnership with Progressive Technology Project have rewritten much of the user-facing parts so that it now works properly in all situations:
You can download 5.0 now from: https://civicrm.org/extensions/stripe-payment-processor or ask your system integrator for more information.
For development / feature requests / issues please see https://lab.civicrm.org/extensions/stripe
Why upgrade to 5.0?
5.0 is a stable base. We will be releasing 5.1 soon which will introduce some new features, upgrading will ONLY be supported from 5.0.
Lot's of bugfixes.
New CiviCRM standard IPN (using civicrm/payment/ipn/XX).
Multiple Stripe processors supported.
What is coming in 5.1?
That all depends on what funding is offered!
Remove requirement to have an email address in order to make a payment.
Submit more information to Stripe (eg. contact ID / name) so it is easier for staff to review.
Significantly improve reliability of recurring payments (and support Joomla properly for recurring payments).
Support Cancellation of recurring payments from within CiviCRM (pending funding).
The Stripe platform supports a whole range of payment systems, not just credit card. We could implement additional payment methods such as SEPA (Europe), Multibanco (Portugal).
Charging an existing customers card.
Notification of a failed payment in CiviCRM.
If your organisation can offer funding we can implement it!