Dev Talk: We’re Hooked on Dev-Centric Enhancements

Dev Talk: We’re Hooked on Dev-Centric Enhancements

September 28, 2017 | 4-minute read

The PaymentSpring Gateway team powered though Q2 enhancements like the Kool-Aid Man through a brick wall. OK, they’re a little more incognito than that, but they definitely bring it behind the scenes. It’s easy to think their efforts are simple tasks on the ol’ to-do list, but their strategies are more visionary than you might think.

Recent and upcoming enhancements are laying top-notch groundwork for future development based on client feedback and requests.

These problem solvers take quiet pride in successful collaboration with clients and internal PaymentSpring teams to build the very best the market has to offer. As we unveil our recent enhancements, we thought it would be fun to share a little something from our developers’ perspectives. Here’s what we gathered when we sat down with our experts:

Webhook Notifications

“Now PaymentSpring talks back,” remarked Heath Roehr, senior vice president of solutions at PaymentSpring.

That “back talk” is one merchants, nonprofits and software providers will welcome and can easily request.

Andrew Ek, full-stack developer at PaymentSpring explains, “Webhooks, in general, is an industry-wide concept. However, there are a few important things that make our webhooks unique such as constraint monitoring. We offer the ability to, in a really granular way, define how you want to be notified and what exactly you want to be notified about in a way that allows someone with basic technical knowledge to easily initiate the exact alerts you’d want—without the help of a developer sifting through lines of code.”

“When we first conceptualized the webhooks service, we weren’t really sure how it was going to look or operate,” explained Noel Minchow, full-stack developer at PaymentSpring. “We knew we wanted it to be able to respond to any type of event that could happen inside of the PaymentSpring Gateway, so we began to conceptualize various scenarios—a user gets halfway through a checkout process and abandons it, for example. This lead us to engineer it in a way that can respond to any series of events and, based on the data that’s continuously coming in, we’ll be able to help notify and support any occurrence that happens in Gateway.”

Other examples of how webhooks can be used include monitoring a series of successful transactions in a given period of time and sending alerts for large ACH deposits or a paid invoice. The list goes on.

Sounds awesome, right? Utilizing webhook notifications is as simple as asking—just set your parameters and Gateway will automatically notify you (in the format you prefer) when an occurrence event is triggered.

Collaboration is always a key driver for Gateway enhancements.

“Since the inception of this idea, we’ve talked to our partners, merchants and nonprofits about the conceptual and technical capabilities that would be most useful—having that conversation, reaching out to say, ‘what’s something that could exist to help you?’ That’s when clients’ eyes begin to light up and you can sense that shift as they begin to understand this is something that could really change how they interact with PaymentSpring—the value it provides becomes incredibly clear,” Roehr said. “This initial positive reception has us really excited to take what we’ve built even further.”

Checkout Button

According to our devs, the checkout button is the easiest possible way to utilize PaymentSpring Gateway on your website.

Essentially a plugin, this customizable button is installed by simply copying and pasting one line of code to your website. Like techie magic, the form then builds itself on your website.

“There’s no requirement for further integration, which can be a heavy load for busy merchants or nonprofits who might not have tech-savvy support,” Roehr explains. “The checkout button communicates directly with Gateway—so again, no third-party setup.”

The button also boasts unique, nonprofit-specific capabilities that allow organizations to easily accept online donations, save donor information and set up recurring donations. A customer favorite feature: you can designate and distribute funds to specific fundraising initiatives.

Gravity Forms & WooCommerce Add-Ons

Our WordPress add-ons provide another quick and easy way to connect Gateway to your website.

“The choice between the two is really a matter of preference,” said Roehr. “They have feature parity, which means they both do the same thing. Being a licensed WooCommerce user or Gravity Forms user already is usually a driving factor in the choice between the two. Both are easy to install, and both support the ability to store customer information, accept one-time payments and set up recurring payments.”

Sign up for either plugin and it’ll show up in your WordPress dashboard. Drop in your API keys, do a standard set up, and you’re good to go.

“These plugins are also powered by our PHP API library. So if you’re a PHP developer and you just want to use PHP, you can take that core and drop it into your own system and use it that way too,” added Roehr.

It’s always been full steam ahead for the PaymentSpring Gateway team. Their ability to offer advanced functionality while keeping user experience and user needs as the driving priority means you can expect Gateway to support you in ways that help build your business for years to come.