Moving WordCamp Ticket Sales from PayPal to Stripe

For some time now, we have been using PayPal as the default payment gateway for WordCamp ticket sales. In addition to that, WordCamp organisers have also been able to create custom payment gateway integrations for our ticketing plugin, CampTix. While these options have generally worked for most events, there are times where neither of them are optimal solutions. One of the main issues is that PayPal only has limited currency options, which is why some communities have built local gateway integrations, but in those cases the ticket sales then need to go through a local bank account — something that isn’t always practical.

There is now an alternative — @dd32 has built a Stripe integration for CampTix. This can be used by WordCamps that request it (please email support@wordcamp.org if you would like to use it instead of PayPal).

I would like us to discuss the feasibility of switching to Stripe as the default gateway while using PayPal as an optional alternative, with a view to eventually deprecating PayPal entirely and switching to Stripe as the only core gateway in use.

Some of the advantages of Stripe over PayPal are:

  • The UI is arguably simpler for purchases.
  • PayPal is entirely blocked and inaccessible in some countries.
  • Stripe offers support for way more currencies than PayPal does, which would allow more WordCamps to sell tickets in their local currency without needing to write a custom gateway integration.

Before this can be implemented, I think it would be valuable to gather some community feedback about this move to see if it is indeed an option worth pursuing. Please comment below with any feedback you have about this potential move — it would be great to know about any reasons you have for preferring one gateway over another and what impact this could have on your local WordCamp.