The Power of Zapier for the Non-Developer
Combining Stripe, WordPress and WP Simple Pay Pro meets the needs of many site owners out there, but sometimes there’s functionality that’s a little more specific to your business process and not readily available with a simple setting change.
Fortunately, Stripe and WordPress are both structured and well-documented for developers to add custom functionality if that’s what you need. But there is also a service that can accomplish certain tasks without the need for extending WP Simple Pay with custom code.
Enter Zapier. As they put it, “Zapier lets you easily connect the web apps you use, making it easy to automate tedious tasks.” It’s a pretty powerful service we’ve used ourselves to automate all sorts of tasks over the years. With a drag and drop interface, you can connect different services you use (such as Stripe, MailChimp, and Google) to make a “Zap.” When certain events occur, you can trigger various actions to happen. Check out their intro if you’ve never used it.
As of this post, Zapier has over 1,000 connected apps (amazing!) with more being added regularly.
A Primer on Using Stripe & Zapier
There are many ways you can use Stripe and Zapier together to meet the goals of your business. With Stripe’s extensive API and the sheer number of apps you can connect to Stripe using Zapier, we can’t go over every possible task. If you don’t find what you’re looking for here, check out the Zapier’s “Zapbook” of Stripe integrations.
For each Zap you create, you can start with a pre-built Zap or create a Zap from scratch. Here’s a guide on how to do either. Before or during Zap creation you’ll need to authenticate and connect the services you want to interact with (Stripe, Google, etc). You can also run Zaps in Stripe test mode before switching over to live mode.
Finally, rest assured that if you stop using WP Simple Pay or WordPress, these Zaps will continue to work with your Stripe account.
Now let’s dive in and connect your Stripe account. It’s fairly straightforward and Zapier’s Stripe app documentation should be sufficient. It also outlines supported Stripe triggers and troubleshooting common problems.
Here are a couple of specific automation tasks you can accomplish with Stripe and Zapier:
- Send plain text emails to customers (and custom email notifications to site owners) for Stripe payments.
- Add new Stripe customers to your mailing list (MailChimp, Aweber, Drip, etc).
For more Zapier examples, check out Stripe + Zapier Integrations That Will Automate Your WP Simple Pay Data.
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