Why Should I Use a Hosted Payment Form Instead of a Wordpress Plugin to Accept Online Payments?
If you need to accept credit card payments on your website, you certainly have a lot of options available to you. With Wordpress powering the majority of websites on the internet, it is widely assumed that using a Wordpress plugin is the best way to go.
However, in this article, we are going to outline reasons why that simply isn’t the case anymore, and why you should consider using StaticPay to accept payments on your website.
Don’t be so quick to trust that Wordpress payment plugin! A Wordpress hack isn’t a matter of if - it’s when. If you are diligent with updates and maintenance, you can prevent or postpone most issues, but Wordpress plugins are notorious for being the most common way hackers can infect your website with malicious code.
The Impact On Your Search Engine Rankings
If your site were to get hacked, there is a chance that malware could get added to your website, which could in turn be used to infect the users who visit your site. If this were to happen, there is a good chance Google will "blacklist" your site, causing you to lose SEO ranking you have worked hard to achieve. Popular web browsers like Chrome and Firefox might display a "This site is dangerous" warning once search engine bots flag your site as having malware.
Of course, the purpose of this article isn't to bash Wordpress or scare you. We just want you to be aware of the risks involved in setting up a Wordpress plugin for your payment forms.
What about if you don’t use Wordpress?
What if there was one easy way to accept payments on any website, regardless of platform (or lack thereof)?
Well, there has been all along: hosted payment forms.
With a hosted payment form, it doesn’t matter what CMS you use, or what framework / programming paradigm you prefer. All you have to do is setup the form, embed the iframe onto your page, and you’re ready to start accepting payments.
StaticPay is useful even for people who don't have a website. A hosted payment form allows you to share the link to your payment form by any means desired (text, email, etc). Thus, anyone can accept credit card payments - even those without a website or physical card reader.
Even if you are trying to setup a payment form on Wordpress, it's good to know that you have options outside of using plugins.
Do you have any questions about any of this information?
Feel free to reach out to us.