Stripe is a payment processor for credit cards. In order to collect payments or pre-authorize security deposits, you need a payment processor.
How the Stripe connection works
All credit card details that are given to Hostway will be uploaded to your Stripe account.
Once a card is successfully uploaded, you can find it in your Stripe account and make a pre-authorization or charge the card there.
Note: Only cards added to the system AFTER Stripe is connected will be uploaded! Make sure to connect Stripe as soon as possible.
Before you start, please do the following steps:
- Sign up for Stripe.
- Activate your Stripe account.
- Locate the API Secret Key in Stripe > Developers > Api Keys.
You can connect Stripe under Settings > Integrations > Stripe by entering the secret key. There are several keys available in Stripe, and the one you need has the format "sk_live_xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx".
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How to test the Stripe connection
If you want to see how it works, enable your Website and choose Credit Card Payments under advanced options. Make a booking, using your own credit card.
It will be available in Stripe and you can try charging it, then refunding it. You can also try a pre-authorization and then release it. Once you're done, simply delete the reservation.