Before you can start selling online you’ll need to decide what you’re going to use to accept payments. Squarespace offers a super simple integration with two of the most popular options - Stripe and Paypal. You can connect either one, both, or neither, depending on your needs. 

We’ll walk through the options here and I’ll show you how to connect to either one. Make sure to read the transaction fees for PayPal, Stripe, and Squarespace before choosing a processor. 

How to connect Paypal

PayPal is probably the most commonly known of the online payment processors, having been around since 1998. Squarespace added PayPal integration in beta version at the end of 2016, and as of right now it has a few limitations compared to Stripe, you can’t accept donations or sell subscriptions unless you have Stripe connected. Connecting both PayPal and Stripe is a great options because your customers might be more comfortable with one or the other. 

To integrate with PayPal you’ll need a PayPal Business account. If you already have a PayPal personal account you can upgrade to Business for free. You can either create/upgrade your account during the integration process or before you start by going to https://www.paypal.com. 

To connect PayPal, log into your Squarespace website and choose Settings from the Home menu on the left hand side of the screen, then click Payments, and then Connect PayPal.

A popup window will open prompting you to either log into your PayPal Business account, upgrade your PayPal personal account, or create a whole new account. 

If you already have a business account you’ll simply log in from this window and give Squarespace permission to access your PayPal account by following the prompts. When you see the success message click the button to go back to Squarespace. Easy peasy lemon squeezy. 

If you have a personal account you’ll be able to follow the prompts to upgrade to a business account first, then go through the same process as above to authorize Squarespace to access your PayPal account. 

If you don’t have an account at all you will be prompted to fill out a short form and sign up for a Business account. Fill that out and continue through the authorization process like we did above.

Return to Squarespace. Depending on your plan you might see a popup reminding you of the Squarespace transaction fee. You’ll need to agree to that to move forward.

After all that you’ll be asked to log into PayPal one more time to choose a bank account to cover your fees. This doesn’t necessarily have to be the same account you’ll deposit your money into, but it’s useful to keep expenses and income together. If you haven’t selected a credit or debit card to connect to your PayPal account yet you may be asked to do that here as well. 

Note: If you just created your PayPal account you’ll need to verify it before you can withdraw money from it. Make sure you check the email you set the account up with, they should send you instructions for verifying your account. 

Once PayPal is connected customers will see a Continue with PayPal button at checkout. This will take them away from your site so they can log into their own PayPal accounts and finish the transaction.

It’s a good idea to test your payment gateway after it’s set up. Because PayPal doesn’t offer a test mode on Squarespace you’ll need to do do this by actually purchasing a product with a different PayPal account. You can then turn around and refund the purchase, minus the fixed $.30 fee. 

If you ever decide you need to remove PayPal you can disconnect it by going back to the Payments Module, clicking PayPal, then clicking Disconnect PayPal.

How to connect Stripe

To connect Stripe as your payment processor you’ll log into the site and go to Settings and then Payments. Click Connect Stripe to bring up a popup window where you can either log into your Stripe account or create a new one.

If you already have a Stripe account look in the top right of the popup window for the Sign In link, click it, then sign in with your Stripe login information. 

If you don’t already have a Stripe account you can set one up from this screen by filling out the form. 

Whether you signed in or created a new account you’ll need to click a button to authorize Squarespace to access your Stripe account, then you’ll be taken back to Squarespace immediately. 

At checkout your customers will see a field to enter their credit or debit card information, which will process through your Stripe account. Once you’ve connected Stripe you can also turn on Apple Pay, which allows customers to pay with their Apple Pay account through Stripe, basically giving them one more option to give you money. To do this you’ll go back to Payments and click the Stripe button, then turn the toggle for Apple Pay to on. 

Stripe has a test mode so you can make sure your checkout process and payments work without using a separate account or spending money. Underneath the Stripe and Paypal buttons in the Payments Module you should see a Test Mode option and an area to set your shop currency. As long as Test Mode is on you can run through as many test transactions as you want. Your store is disabled while this option is on though, so make sure you turn it off before going live. 

That’s it! Your shop is ready for customers! In the next Module we’ll walk through some finishing touches, then we’ll be ready to launch this baby.