In my previous post, I talked about how Stripe makes accepting online payments incredibly easy and showed how my friend Carrie incorporated it into her online cookie business. Well, a few popular bloggers linked to her site and business has exploded! Time to take her website to the next level and create an interactive Rails app to sell her cookies. Luckily, it is incredibly easy to integrate Stripe into her new web application.
If you’re a small development shop, you want to spend as much time as possible working on your core product and offload the rest. Email? Let Mailgun handle that. Invoicing and billing? Use FreshBooks. File sharing? DropBox. Accepting payments? Ouch. Build your own and you’ll have to spend time worrying about purging logs, becoming PCI compliant, setting up a payment gateway and handling encryption.