Before using Stripe, you will need to create an account. Create your free account here. You can review Stripes pricing here. Stripe has no set up or monthly fees. They do however have a rolling 7 day transfer. This means that funds generated on Wednesday would be available in your back account on the following Wednesday.
Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email. Be sure to confirm.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Stripe requires a SSL certificate. InkSoft makes a free SSL certificate option available, or you can buy a dedicated SSL certificate. Either way, you need to have an SSL enabled in order to use Stripe.
For more on SSL certificates, please see here
Once you confirm your email, click the 'Active Account' button.
Complete the short application. Trust us. This is the shortest and easily payment processor application ever. Seriously.
Click 'Your Account' and then select 'Account Settings'.
Click 'API Keys' and copy your 'Live Secret Key'.
PRO TIP: You can use your 'Test Secret Key' instead of the Live Key to processes fake / test transactions. DON'T FORGET to use your Live Key when you are ready to process live / real transactions.
You can use these fake credit card numbers to do fake / test checkouts:
Use any fake expiration date and security code. Example: 11-2018 222
Click the 'Enable Payment Gateway button to activate Stripe.
Make sure Stripe is set to 'Live' in order to process real transaction!!! This is NOT enabled by default.
To confirm that Stripe is active, you should see 'Enabled' as seen below.