Accept Lightning and Bitcoin on WooCommerce
Accept Lightning and Bitcoin payments in a WooCommerce internet store. In this post we will explain how you can accept Lightning and Bitcoin payments in a WooCommerce internet store. We present the Bitcoin payment providers that provide a WooCommerce Bitcoin plugin.
WooCommerce is an open-source e-commerce platform developed as a plugin for WordPress. WooCommerce is a flexible and scalable platform that allows users to create and manage an online store without having extensive programming skills. WooCommerce is one of the most widely used e-commerce platforms and is used by many small and medium-sized businesses as well as large enterprises around the world.
With WooCommerce, users can sell products and services online, accept payments, manage orders, and track product shipping and delivery. The platform also offers a variety of extensions and plugins that allow users to customize and expand their e-commerce website.
WooCommerce is a flexible platform suitable for various types of online stores, including physical products, digital products, subscriptions and more. It also offers a variety of payment gateways, including credit cards, PayPal, bank transfers, and Bitcoin payments.
WooCommerce is free to download and use. However, it also offers paid extensions and plugins that provide additional features and tools for running an online store.
WooCommerce Bitcoin Plugins
WooCommerce is the largest e-commerce platform and accordingly all leading Bitcoin payment providers provide Bitcoin plugins for WooCommerce.
Those who run an internet store with WooCommerce have a free choice when it comes to crypto payment providers.
In the article: “The 12 most important Bitcoin payment providers” we present all important Bitcoin payment providers in detail. All Bitcoin payment providers presented there also provide a WooCommerce Bitcoin plugin.
Accept Lightning and Bitcoin payments with WooCommerce
In this post, we will dedicate ourselves to the payment providers that offer Bitcoin payments for WooCommerce.
After the question of the store system is settled, store owners should answer the question: “Which cryptocurrencies do you want to offer your customers?”
Our recommendation is that you should definitely offer your customers Bitcoin payments over the Blockchain and over the Lightning network. Bitcoin is the standard for payment processing with cryptocurrencies. Every cryptocurrency owner also owns Bitcoin and thus is able to pay in the WooCommerce store with Bitcoin.
A Bitcoin payment over the Lightning network is an evolution of Bitcoin payment processing. With Lightning, Bitcoin payments can be made quickly and easily. Additionally, Lightning payments are anonymous and inexpensive.
If you want to accept cryptocurrencies in your WooCommerce store, you definitely need to accept Bitcoin and Lightning payments. We cannot recommend crypto payment providers that do not offer Bitcoin and Lightning payments. Other cryptocurrencies should be selected depending on the business model and target audience and is considered in depth in the article: “Which cryptocurrencies to accept“.
Payment providers offering WooCommerce plugin for Bitcoin and Lightning payments
The following crypto payment providers offer WooCommerce plugins for Bitcoin and Lightning payments, as well as for other cryptocurrencies:
- BTCPay Server
Accept Bitcoin in WooCommerce store with Bitpay
BitPay is a payment processing company that allows merchants to accept Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies as a payment method. BitPay was founded in 2011 and is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
The company offers an easy way for merchants to accept cryptocurrencies as a payment method without having to handle the volatility of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies themselves. BitPay converts the cryptocurrency into fiat currency (e.g., US dollars or euros) in real time and transfers the amount directly to the merchant’s bank account.
BitPay is one of the most well-known and widely used Bitcoin payment processing platforms and is used by thousands of merchants worldwide.
BitPay supports Bitcoin and Lightning payment processing, as well as Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Ripple (XRP), and Dodge.
We do not recommend Bitpay because end customers have to undergo a legitimation check when paying with Bitpay. You cannot expect this effort from your customer if he wants to pay with Bitcoin. This leads to significant purchase cancellations and should therefore not be used.
Accept Bitcoin in WooCommerce store with BTCPay server
BTCPay Server is a free and open-source payment processing software that allows merchants to accept Bitcoin and Lightning as payment methods without the need for a third-party payment processor.
To integrate BTCPay Server into your WooCommerce store, you can run your own BTCPay Server or share Coincharge’s BTCPay Server.
For WooCommerce payment processing with BTCPay server we have created a demo store.
The WooCommerce Demo Store can be accessed at the address: https://store.coincharge.io/. Here you can try Bitcoin payment and Lightning payment.
Instructions can be found in the article: https://coincharge.io/btcpay-woocommerce/
When using a BTCPay server, incoming Bitcoin payments are credited directly to your own Bitcoin wallet. An automated exchange into a fiat currency (e.g. US dollar or euro) does not take place. Using a BTCPay server is recommended if you want to keep bitcoin.
Accept Bitcoin in WooCommerce store with Opennode
OpenNode is a payment processing company that allows merchants to accept Bitcoin and Lightning as payment methods. OpenNode is a bitcoin-only payment processor and does not support other cryptocurrencies. OpenNode was founded in 2018 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California, USA.
OpenNode automatically converts the bitcoin into fiat currency and transfers the amount directly to the merchant’s bank account.
OpenNode is recommended by Coincharge if you want to accept Bitcoin payments exclusively, but don’t want to keep the Bitcoin yourself, but want to get paid out in Euros to your bank account.
Accept Bitcoin in WooCommerce store with Coinpayments
CoinPayments is a cryptocurrency payment processing company that allows merchants to accept cryptocurrencies as a payment method. It was founded in 2013 and is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada.
CoinPayments offers a variety of features and tools for merchants, including the ability to accept Bitcoin and more than 1,800 other cryptocurrencies. The platform also supports stablecoins that are tied to the value of the US dollar.
For those who consider it beneficial to offer as many cryptocurrencies as possible to their customers, Coinpayments is the right solution. With over 1800 different coins, Coinpayments offers a comprehensive selection of coins that can be used as cryptocurrency.
With Coinpayments, the payout is made exclusively to your own crypto wallet. A payout in Euro to the own bank account is not offered.
Accept Bitcoin in WooCommerce store with Coingate
CoinGate is a Lithuania-based cryptocurrency payment processing platform founded in 2014. The platform provides an easy way for online merchants and retailers to accept cryptocurrencies as a payment method without the need for extensive technical knowledge.
CoinGate supports a variety of cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, Ripple, and many others. Merchants can convert payments in cryptocurrencies directly into their local currency to minimize the risk of price fluctuations.
Accept Bitcoin in WooCommerce store with Coinbase Commerce
Coinbase Commerce is a cryptocurrency payment processing platform that allows merchants to accept cryptocurrencies as a payment method. It was developed and launched by Coinbase, one of the most well-known and largest cryptocurrency exchanges.
Coinbase Commerce allows merchants to accept Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin and Bitcoin Cash as payment methods. The platform also supports stablecoins that are tied to the value of the US dollar.
However, Coinbase Commerce does not support Bitcoin payment processing over the Lightning network (Lightning).
The cryptocurrencies taken are credited to the respective crypto wallet at Coinbase. If one has an account with the Coinbase exchange, the incoming cryptocurrencies can be forwarded directly to the exchange and sold there.
An automated conversion is currently not possible in Euro. This option is available only to American customers and for USD exchange.
Accept bitcoin in WooCommerce store with Coincharge
Coincharge advises and implements Bitcoin and Lightning payments in your WooCommerce store.
If you run an online store with WooCommerce and want to accept Bitcoin payments, Coincharge can help you with advice and technical implementation. We select the right Bitcoin payment provider for you based on your individual requirements and integrate the appropriate Bitcoin payment module into your WooCommerce store.
Arrange a no-obligation consultation so we can discuss all possible options and create the right offer for you. If you already know which crypto payment provider you want to work with, then you can order an integration into your WooCommerce store for a fixed price directly at: Integration Bitcoin Payment in WooCommerce