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Stripe is the #1 alternative to PayPal and for good reason. It’s an easy-to-setup and completely integrated payment solution for your AppThemes business website.

Unlike PayPal, there are no confusing off-site redirects so the customer checkout experience is seamless. You also own your customer and credit card data so it’s portable and flexible (e.g. you can export it and/or manually initiate charges or credits from within Stripe).

There are no setup, monthly, or hidden fees. You’ll pay only when a transaction is made. Stripe also provides real-time reporting and other payment management features which are far more superior to PayPal. Transfers arrive in your bank account on a 2-day rolling basis. You can also opt to receive transfers weekly or monthly.

Still not convinced? Keep reading for additional benefits and features…


  • SCA compliant
  • Complete theme integration. Customers don’t even know they’re using Stripe.
  • Support recurring payments so you can build your own subscription models within Stripe (theme must support recurring payments).
  • Option to use the Stripe Checkout modal window for a more simplistic checkout experience.
  • Accept payments from Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, JCB, and Diners Club cards.
  • Stripe handles the processing, transmission, and storage of credit card data so you don’t need to worry about PCI compliance.
  • Your customer’s personal information and credit cards are forever saved in Stripe so even if you change themes later, the data is portable.
  • Completely customizable via the wp-admin options page. Include the billing address fields, change the button text, add your own logo, etc.
  • Supports mobile devices and auto complete features for apps like 1Password to pre-fill securely stored credit card data.
  • Validates credit card field inputs and displays the actual credit card brand image once it’s been recognized for a more professional look.
  • Has it’s own API (via WordPress native actions and filters) so 3rd party developers can extend the plugin into their own products.
  • Escrow functionality for Hirebee. View escrow setup documentation.


  • Active Stripe account – It’s easy to sign up. Make sure your country is supported first. See their country support page and confirm before you purchase this plugin.
  • AppThemes product with payments support (all our themes excluding legacy Quality Control and Ideas).
  • Stripe is available in limited currencies. Check their supported currency page to verify your currency is accepted.
  • An SSL certificate for your website (unless you are in test mode). This means https must work correctly. See our FAQ tab for more information.
  • PHP 5.3.3+
  • mbstring, curl, json PHP extensions must be enabled

Note: Images above show the plugin being used with Vantage (not included).

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What themes does this plugin work with?

It will work with all of our themes (excludes legacy themes Quality Control and Ideas).

How much does Stripe charge per transaction?

2.9% + 0.30¢ per successful transaction. This may change in the future so visit their pricing page for the most up-to-date information.

Do I need an SSL certificate?

Yes. In order to transmit credit card information, you need a secure connection. This means you must purchase and install an SSL certificate on your website.

For more details, see the Stripe HTTPS and SSL documentation. Contact your web host provider for information on how to buy and install the SSL certificate. Prices start from $30 per year. They should be able to handle all the technical details for you without charge.

What countries does Stripe support?

Currently it supports only major countries but continues to add more. See which countries are supported and/or sign up to be notified when your country is added.

Which currencies does Stripe support?

Stripe supports many different currencies both for making charges and for transferring to your associated bank accounts, depending on where your business is based. View the list of supported currencies.

Does this plugin support Stripe Checkout?

Yes. So what is Stripe Checkout? It’s a modal window that is displayed on checkout instead of the integrated payment form. Some customers prefer this as it’s simpler to use.

Does this plugin support Stripe Connect?

No, not at this time.

Does this plugin support Bitcoin transactions?

No, not at this time but we plan on adding support in version 2.0.0.

What version of the Stripe API does this plugin support?

As of version 1.3.0, it supports Stripe API version 2017-01-27. You can see the Stripe API change log to understand what has changed since the previous versions. This API version is set via the plugin so the new features will already be supported.

You can also login to your Stripe Dashboard API Keys page and click the “upgrade API button”. Just make sure the version matches 2016-03-07 otherwise the plugin may not work correctly.

I’m a developer. Does this plugin have it’s own API?

Welcome, friend! Yes it certainly does. We use the native WordPress action and filter hooks which allow you to make all sorts of changes. You can trigger workflows after a successful transaction, pass in additional customer metadata to Stripe, insert additional fields on the checkout form, and more!

What fields are passed into Stripe?

Besides the obvious required ones (credit card number and expiration date), we include the following (as of v1.2.0): email address, ip address, first/last name, WordPress username, and WordPress ID. We also include the billing address fields if you opted to have those as well.

Why can’t upgrade to version 1.2.0 with the AppThemes Updater plugin?

If you were a customer prior to version 1.2.0, you’ll need to manually download the plugin from your customer dashboard. This is because the plugin’s folder name was changed due to a conflict with a totally unrelated Stripe plugin on

Please deactivate and then delete your existing Stripe plugin. Then upload and activate version 1.2.0+. The .zip file you upload is still named but it unzips into appthemes-stripe on your server.


Before you can start using Stripe, you’ll need the following items:

  • An existing or new Stripe account.
  • A valid SSL certificate on your web server. Contact your host provider for info on how to buy and install the SSL certificate.

Note: You can actually complete the install guide below and test your site without a valid SSL certificate.

Getting Started

Log in to your Stripe account and in the top right corner, click on “Your account” => “Account settings”.

In the popup window, click on the “API Keys” icon. There you will see your unique API keys which are required for this plugin. Open a new browser window and load up your website.

Upload the plugin via the WordPress admin page.

Once activated, you need to configure the plugin settings.

Scroll to the bottom and enter the API keys from the Stripe website in your other browser window. Tick the “Test Mode” checkbox and then save.

Now go back and complete the general options. Below is our recommended setup for testing.

Before you can begin using Stripe, you need to enable it as a payment method. Go to “Payments” => “Settings” => “Installed Gateways” and tick the “Stripe” checkbox.

Let’s test!

Since your Stripe plugin is in test mode, we recommend performing a test transaction. Of course, your main site should be in maintenance mode or not available to the public during this time so visitors don’t get stuck checking out.

Once you purchase a new ad, business listing, coupon, job listing, etc make sure to select the “Credit Card” option when checking out. That will take you to the Stripe payment page. In this case, we’re using the ClassiPress theme.

From there, enter one of the following ‘testing’ credit card numbers. Use any future expiration date, fake cardholder name, and CVC.

  • Visa: 4242 4242 4242 4242
  • Mastercard: 5555 5555 5555 4444
  • American Express: 3782 822463 10005
  • Discover: 6011 1111 1111 1117

Note: For a full list of test cards and other parameters to test against, see the Stripe testing page.

You should get a successful transaction and see it recorded in both the Stripe dashboard and under your “Payments” => “Orders”. If you also click on the “Customers” sidebar link, you’ll see the new customer created with all relevant details.

Your AppThemes website order history screen.

Wrapping it up

Now that you’ve made a successful test transaction, you’re ready for the big leagues. Go back to the Stripe plugin general options page and uncheck the “Test Mode” checkbox under the “API Keys” section. You’ll also need to tick the “Secure Checkout” checkbox assuming you already purchased and setup your SSL (https) certificate.

Then go back and try another transaction but don’t actually pay for it. Just make sure everything works correctly.

Also, disable any maintenance mode plugins your site was using (if any).

You should then go back to Stripe and enter your bank account and other personal information in their system. That way, you’ll get paid. 🙂

To view any real transactions within Stripe, you’ll need to change to “live mode”. Slide the switch in the top left corner from within the Stripe dashboard.

That should be it!

Good luck with your sales! If you have any questions, please ask our support team in the Stripe forum.


Customer didn’t get created? Transaction didn’t go through?
Visit your Stripe dashboard and view the log section. Click on each log entry to see the details. That should give you more information.

If you still can’t figure it out, make sure to copy that info and include it with a new forum thread (see support tab above for link) so we can better debug things.

Note: If you are not using an AppThemes theme, this plugin will not work.

Please visit the dedicated support forum.

Version 3.0.0 – 2020-12-30


  • Upgraded Stripe API to the new version.
  • Checkout process is SCA compliant now.
  • Upgraded Stripe php lib version to 7.67.0

Version 2.1.0 – 2019-10-04


  • Upgraded Stripe API to the version 2019-08-14
  • Upgraded Stripe PHP lib version to 7.0.2
  • Allow verifying Zip code as well as Address using option “Street Number Verification”


  • Fixed issue with the incorrect Customer ID.
  • Card decline message not appearing.


Version 2.0.1 – 2018-10-16


  • Added Spanish translation.


Version 2.0.0 – 08/15/2018


  • Implemented Stripe Connect (escrow) feature.
  • Updated Stripe API and SDK to the latest versions.


Version 1.3.3 – 11/23/2017


  • Bug when using several cards by a single customer.


Version 1.3.2 – 07/07/2017


  • Modal window option not working
  • Ensure order processed only once

Version 1.3.1 – 02/21/2017


  • Fixed PHP undefined variable notice in appthemes_stripe_customer_args filter. Should fix unable to create customer error some customers had issues with.

Version 1.3.0 – 02/10/2017


  • Resolved a TLS 1.2 error since Stripe no longer supports API requests made with TLS 1.0


  • Reworked how .mo language files are loaded. Check wp-content/languages/ locations. Should be triggered on init.
  • Add appthemes_stripe_before_form_fields & appthemes_stripe_after_form_fields hooks so devs can add content to form (e.g. images, messages, etc)
  • Setup Composer to better manage the Stripe php lib and updates
  • Setup Grunt.js to automate certain tasks
  • Added SASS support to better maintain stylesheets
  • Upgraded Stripe API to the latest version (2017-01-27)
  • Upgraded Stripe php lib from 3.17.0 to 4.4.0 (which also resolved the TLS bug)

Version 1.2.0 – 08/10/2016


  • Fixed the generic field styles so it’s better integrated with each theme
  • Moved left out Stripe error text strings so they can now be translated
  • Added better exception/error handling for the customer experience
  • No longer duplicates credit cards stored on the customer record if same card was used for separate purchases
  • Now updates credit card name and expiration date if the same card was used for separate purchases
  • Billing address fields now saved on the customer card stored in Stripe
  • Renamed plugin folder from `stripe` to `appthemes-stripe` to avoid update conflicts with another Stripe plugin
  • Added a “you are in test mode” message on the front-end to remind site owners to uncheck it before going live


  • Added description text field to display above payment form
  • Added button text field for changing the Stripe button text
  • Added image url text field for Stripe checkout modal option
  • Added address fields option for Stripe checkout modal option
  • Added data-locale=”auto” to display local language for Stripe checkout modal option
  • Added filter (appthemes_stripe_form) to use a different payment form
  • Changed the style of the payment form to support Foundation framework
  • Moved .pot language file into languages dir and load using plugins_loaded hook
  • Added settings, docs, and support links to the plugin page
  • Added admin notices if plugin is in test mode and/or missing API keys
  • Moved environment checks to register_activation_hook() instead of init
  • Moved js and css into new assets folder. Renamed form.js to stripe.js
  • Changed credit card input fields from ‘text’ to ‘tel’ to better support mobile devices
  • Added auto-complete browser support to credit card number and date fields
  • Rewrote js so it’s much more efficient and handles errors more gracefully
  • Added jquery.payment lib for better field validation and error processing
  • Upgraded Stripe API to the latest version (2016-07-06)
  • Upgraded Stripe php lib from 1.17.2 to 3.13.0
  • Removed the CVC and zip code check options since Stripe controls them via their admin panel
  • Adding new customers to Stripe now includes their WordPress ID, name, and IP Address stored as metadata
  • Added new filter appthemes_stripe_customer_args to customize the fields added to Stripe for new customers
  • Added new action appthemes_stripe_add_customer so you can trigger other tasks (e.g. store extra info in db) after customer is created
  • Stripe checkout modal window now uses custom integration which means a better user experience (uses theme button vs Stripe default)
  • Credit card image dynamically appears in the card number field when correct number is entered

Version 1.1.6 – 05/05/2016

  • Forced to use SSL redirect only with enabled option “Secure Connection”

Version 1.1.5 – 02/11/2016

  • Use is_ssl() to detect if a page is SSL. Fixes edge case false negatives

Version 1.1.4 – 12/31/2015

  • Fixed call to undefined method in stripe-modal-form.php

Version 1.1.3 – 12/29/2015

  • Fixed “Fatal error: Call to undefined method APP_Order_Receipt::add_log()””
  • Fix bug where users that made purchases while in test mode had errors when the gateway went to live mode.
  • Added documentation to all Stripe Gateway methods.
  • Updated gateway to fall in line with Stripe API changes.

Version 1.1.2 – 06/03/2015

  • Fixed mistranslated string in POT file
  • Fixed bug with non-set API key during recurring processing

Version 1.1.1 – 11/19/2014

  • Fixed bug where form did not submit via POST.

Version 1.1.0 – 11/14/2014

  • Recurring Payments is now supported.
  • Option added to allow enabling of Stripe Checkout support.

Version 1.0.2 – 02/15/2013

  • API Keys are now trimmed of whitespace before use.
  • Payment form is now displayed below errors.
  • Added more client side error checking to avoid loosing form data to a server-side submit
  • Add Name/CVC/Address checking to add additional security. These can be enabled through the Stripe settings.

Version 1.0.1 – 11/10/2012

  • Plugin now errors and disables itself if the theme does not support AppThemes Payments
  • Translation files are now loaded correctly
  • Errors related to unsupported currencies now work correctly
  • Errors related to invalid card numbers now work correctly

9 reviews of “Stripe

0.5 stars
This is plugin is not working with Classipress.
By -

I recently bought this plugin. But the plugin is not working and throwing exception during payment. This plugin is only supporting stripe v2. But Stripe has update to version V3.

There is no proper support for this plugin. You can only raise new thread in the forum and have to wait till someone answer for your question.

Anonymous likes this.
0.5 stars
stripe plugin deleting itself
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I just paid for Stripe and it continuously deletes itself as a plugin. Not sure if someone can help me with this…

5 stars
Very easy to set up
By -

In a few minutes I was ready to get payments. Great!

0.5 stars
Stripe for apptheme
By -

2.01 not functional in hirebee. It is also asking for an additional fee to upgrade. Not even close to what the prior version was. Please update this paid plugin.

5 stars
Does the Job
By -

No issues at all with this plugin. Simple, yet effective. It does the job and was very easy to setup. I use it for both of my websites. Thank you AppThemes


5 stars
It works for me - has been since 2013 with no problems
By -

This plugin seems to work fine on my site. I’ve been using it since 2013 and haven’t had any issues.

Anonymous likes this.
5 stars
No support on how to connect to stripe
By -

No support on how to connect to, Stripe doesn’t even support this plugin. Still waiting for a response in the support forums from AppThemes. has no phone number to call and PayPal does.

Author Response
Thanks for your review. The Stripe team doesn’t support this plugin…we do. 🙂 Our support team will happily answer your questions in our forums. FYI, Stripe has it’s own support channel which you shouldn’t need to use unless it’s related to their system (e.g. something with their website or your Stripe account).

5 stars
Not really professional looking
By -

The plugin does look really bare. Not what I was expecting for $39. Wish they will give it a more professional look. SSL looks just like html.

Author Response
Thanks for your review. Since version 1.2.0, we’ve drastically improved the look so it integrates nicely with all our supported themes. See the screenshots above for a better idea or just download the update. 🙂

Anonymous likes this.
5 stars
Somewhat happy so far
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Seems like the stripe plug-in is bare bones. Does not provide the good stuff PayPal does. Am I missing something? Seems too bare.

Author Response
Thanks for your feedback. As of version 1.2.0 (Aug 2016), the plugin integrates much better with all our themes. We’ve also added a bunch of new features which you can see from the screenshots above.

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 Comments (160)

  • Vantage 1.1 Released | AppThemes

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  • Steve Odegard

    can this Stripe plugin work with the default WordPress theme or themes of other developers?

    • staff
      Yumiko (AppThemes Support)

      It’s currently only created and tested for use with our Vantage theme at this time. Thanks.

  • taylormetric

    Does this or any other payment processor option support AUTOMATIC recurring billing?

    • staff
      Yumiko (AppThemes Support)

      @taylormetric – Currently no, none of our current payment gateways support recurring billing, however we do have plans in the future to add this functionality. Thanks.

      2 people like this.
  • zop1997

    Does this plugin work with the new version of Classipress (3.2+)?
    Looks really interesting.

  • arthurganem

    How do i get my refund for buying this plugin? i thought it supports classipress and bought it only to find out that it does not work with it…

  • rems

    be careful, just bought it. if you want to activate it , you need to be american and leave in america. so silly….

  • staff

    @rems, we are sorry to hear there has been some confusion over the availability of this plugin for your location. We have emailed you to resolve this issue. Thanks.

    Anonymous likes this.
  • velezsign

    can i delete the another payments ways

  • velezsign

    I want to remove from my listing website , paypal payment from vantage i just want my subscriber used Strap” any idea?

  • staff

    @velezsign, the Vantage admin dashboard (general payment settings) allows you to check the boxes for the relevant payment gateways you wish to use. If you have any further questions relating to the theme, please do post in the relevant section of the forums and our support team will be more than happy to assist. Thanks.

  • MaxiDesigns

    Will this plugin work for Australia?

  • staff

    @MaxiDesigns, as is mentioned in the plugin information above under “Requirements” “Stripe is currently available in the United States and Canada only.” Thanks.

  • MaxiDesigns

    Also is there a plugin that I can use that will show on the ‘edit profile’ page that allows people to change their avatar?

    Anonymous likes this.
  • staff

    @MaxiDesigns, I would recommend the payment gateway plugin which has confirmation on their website of AUD support. Thanks.

  • staff

    @MaxiDesigns, by default Vantage uses gravatars (so users who are registered with their site can control the avatar from there). If you’re looking for plugin recommendations relating to this though, you are welcome to seek community feedback in the WordPress plugin exchange forum. Thanks.

    • MaxiDesigns

      I have found a couple of plugins however they only work at WordPress admin level, not within the edit profile area that customers access.

  • staff

    @MaxiDesigns, please do post in the forums as suggested, as others will be able to provide you with feedback there if they have found one that will do what you’re looking for. This page is intended for Stripe plugin related discussion, so it’s not ideal to discuss other topics here. Thanks.

  • Umang

    Will this plugin on other themes except Vantage?Anyone here ?Coz i already have a site working

    • Umang

      correction – plugin+Work+on
      Will this plugin work on other themes except Vantage?Anyone here ?Coz i already have a site working

  • staff

    @Umang, as listed in the “Requires” section of the “Support” sidebar near the top of the page, this plugin is currently compatible with our Vantage and Clipper themes. Our ClassiPress and JobRoller themes will be undergoing changes in the next major release of each theme which will also make them compatible at that time, but for the moment it is for the 2 themes mentioned. Thanks.

    2 people like this.
  • Grant


    I see back in the middle of 2012 you mentioned a future release for Classipress.

    Have you completed this yet and if not when?

  • staff

    @Grant, The Stripe payment gateway plugin is compatible with ClassiPress v3.3 which was released recently. Thanks.

    ultra likes this.
    • bfreemanfl

      I just purchased for classipess 3.2.1 and it says does not support this theme. Please help I dont want to update to 3.3 yet.

      • staff

        @bfreemanfl, None of the payment gateway plugins available in the AppThemes marketplace are compatible with version of ClassiPress prior to v3.3 as the payments functionality was changed only from that version of the theme. If you wish to discuss this further please email us. Thanks.

  • VegasKev

    Are we close to having recurring billing options for the stripe plugin? I want to be able to charge monthly recurring for featured listings on my Vantage site. Thanks in advance.

  • paul

    So am I right in thinking that this still doesn’t work with Jobroller? Is there anywhere where I can see the updates to the latest jobroller releases ?

    • paul

      sorry my bad, I just read in the FAQ

      The Stripe Payment Gateway will work with any theme that supports AppThemes Payments. Currently this includes Vantage, Clipper, ClassiPress, and <strong>JobRoller</strong>.
  • nickjonezy

    Hi everyone, please note that Stripe is now available in the UK (although I think you may have to be a Kashflow customer, but I could be wrong!). Anyway, I am in the UK and have signed up for Stripe (via Kashflow) and this plugin definitely works 🙂

    dcowgill likes this.
    • staff

      Thanks for letting us know nickjonezy. Glad it’s working out for you.

      Anonymous likes this.
  • nickjonezy

    It is working out for me, although I wish you’d add the ‘name’ field to the form!

    peter_a123 likes this.
  • fgodd

    I just happened to find out – way too late – that taxes are a major issue for Canadian businesses billing customers in Canada. We must be able to setup different tax rates for each province and sometimes two taxes per province. The single tax rate in Vantage doesn’t work for us at all.

    Now from Stripe: “With that in mind, we don’t currently calculate any sales tax”

    Can your plugin or any other plugin for Vantage do this?


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