SaaS Rails Kit now supports PayPal

The SaaS Rails Kit now supports PayPal as a payment method. This has been a much-requested feature, so I’m delighted to be able to have it available.

When your application is built on the SaaS Rails Kit, your customers can choose whether to provide payment info via a credit card of via PayPal. If your customer chooses PayPal, he is redirected to PayPal to create a billing agreement for your service, and then is redirected back to your application. By using the API provided by Website Payments Standard (the basic business plan offered by PayPal), your Rails application can make charges on demand against these billing agreements, just as it does for those customers who are paying with credit cards. There’s no additional setup required, beyond providing your PayPal credentials in the config file.

To help celebrate this new functionality, I’m offering a 10% discount on the SaaS Rails Kit… use the discount code “paypal” during checkout before July 15th to get the discount.

SaaS Kit now supports Rails 2.1 and additional gateways

I just released an update to the SaaS Rails Kit that includes support for Rails 2.1 and two new gateways: Payment Express and TrustCommerce. With the addition of the Payment Express gateway, you can now use the Kit to build your subscription-based web application using a bank in Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific Islands, Singapore, South Africa, or the United Kingdom. Braintree supports merchants in the US.

If you have a particular gateway you would like to have supported by the Kit, feel free to get in touch to let me know and I’ll take a look at adding it.

Using Braintree

A number of people have asked me about using Braintree as the supported gateway for the SaaS Rails Kit, since they aren’t as well known as, say, Some people are nervous about going with a gateway / merchant account provider who hasn’t been around as long as some of the others, so I wanted to write a quick blog post to help answer that concern.

First, let me say that my experience using them for my gateway for Catch the Best has been fantastic. I originally chose another merchant account provider and gateway, but then switched to Braintree for the gateway when my first gateway wasn’t quite working out. I did keep the merchant account from my first provider, though, and Braintree did a great job of getting their gateway talking to it without any fuss. Since that can sometimes be a hair-pulling experience, I was glad for that. Before, during, and after the transition, they have been ultra-responsive and helpful in getting me squared away with my CC processing.

Others have had a similar experience. Robby recently blogged about his experience with Braintree, and praised them all-around. His experience was a lot like mine, actually, in that I used to always go to TrustCommerce, but have found them to be less than responsive in the last year or so. Bryan at Braintree, at the other hand, always goes out of his way to be helpful. How many CEOs of CC processing companies are willing to work with you one-on-one to make sure everything goes smoothly for you, like Bryan does?

And, if you need a further endorsement, Cody Fauser used Braintree as his example gateway in his ActiveMerchant PeepCode PDF. You can’t argue with that! 🙂

So, rest easy, Braintree is fantastic. I invite you to find out for yourself. Just ping them about whatever payment processing question you have, and I’m sure they’ll be happy to help. Then, once you’re settled on that, come back and buy the SaaS Rails Kit to save yourself the time and hassle of writing recurring billing code for your Ruby on Rails application.

Update: As of October 2008, Braintree now may apply monthly minimums if your annual volume is less than $1 million per year.  If you are just starting out, you’ll want to compare those fees to the costs of using CIM — support for which has been added to the SaaS Rails Kit since this blog post was originally written.

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