FREE Stripe Terminal WooCommerce Setup

by Abigail Leaman - June 11, 2021

With the Stripe Terminal for WooCommerce plugin, you can accept in-person credit card payments directly from your e-commerce site in WordPress. But before you can set up a card reader and start performing transactions, you will need an active terminal plugin installed to your WordPress site. In this Setup guide, we’ll walk you through downloading, activating, and configuring your FREE Stripe Terminal for WooCommerce plugin.

*This is the Setup guide for the FREE version of the Stripe Terminal for WooCommerce Plugin. If you are looking for the Setup Guide for the PRO version, click here.

FREE Stripe Terminal Installation and Activation

  1. Log in to your WooCommerce store on WordPress.
  2. On the settings menu of your WordPress site, select ‘Permalinks.’ If they are not already, click to enable ‘Post Name’ URLs.
  3. On your WooCommerce payment settings, click Stripe. In the Stripe sub-settings, enable the checkbox ‘Payment Request Buttons.’
  4. You are now ready to download the terminal plugin. From the left-hand menu, go to ‘Plugins.’
  5. Click the ‘Add New’ button.
  6. In the search bar, type the phrase ‘Terminal for Stripe and WooCommerce,’ and then press the Enter key to search.
  7. On the Terminal for Stripe and WooCommerce plugin, click ‘Install Now.’
  8. Once installation is complete, click ‘Activate.’

If you prefer to complete the installation manually, you can find the package download link on the FREE Terminal for Stripe and WooCommerce plugin page. From there, you’ll just need to unzip the file and copy the unzipped folder into your WordPress plugins directory. Be sure to activate the plugin from the WooCommerce ‘Plugins’ menu when you’re done.

FREE Stripe Terminal WooCommerce Configuration

Now that the plugin is installed and active, it will be provided as a payment method on WooCommerce. Before you’re ready to set up a card reader and start perform credit card transactions, you’ll need to configure a few settings.

  1. Return to the ‘Plugins’ menu.
  2. Under the new ‘Terminal for Stripe and WooCommerce’ plugin, click the ‘Settings’ button.
  3. Check the box labelled ‘Enable Stripe Terminal’ under the ‘Enable/Disable’ setting.
  4. Next, give the terminal a title and description. This will display at checkout, so make sure to set it as something that you want your customers to see (e.g., title: “Stripe Terminal,” description: “Please present payment to the card reader”).

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  1. At the bottom of the settings panel, click ‘Save Changes,’ and then refresh the page.

Managing Users in WooCommerce

Once you set up your card reader, you will be ready to perform credit card transactions on your WordPress site using the FREE terminal plugin. However, you will only be authorized to do so using an account that has been given appropriate permissions.

  1. To edit a user’s permission settings, first click on the ‘Users’ tab on the left-hand menu of your WordPress site.
  2. Select the name of the user who will be performing credit card transactions.
  3. Under ‘Role,’ select ‘Admin,’ ‘Shop Manager,’ or ‘Cashier.’
  4. Once you have set appropriate permissions, click ‘Update Profile.’

The FREE Stripe Terminal plugin installation and configuration procedure is now complete. Once you set up a card reader, you will be ready to start performing in-person credit card transactions with the terminal plugin in your WooCommerce store.

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