UK website owners using the popular WooCommerce ecommerce solution will now be able to integrate a hosted version of PayPal Pro as the developers roll out the service in Europe. The UK is the latest in a string of countries to be granted hosted PayPal Pro access with WooCommerce integration.
The hosted version of the PayPal Pro plug enables website owners to securely process credit, debit and PayPal transactions securely, without having to capture sensitive data such as the credit or debit card number on the site itself. Instead, PayPal Hosted is collected by PayPal within the WooCommerce store.
For those getting started selling online, this removes the need to obtain an SSL certificate. WooCommerce describes PayPal Hosted as an easy way for sellers to offer their customers the safety and security of a PayPal payment solution without sending the client out of the ecommerce site and over to PayPal to complete the transation.
PayPal Hosted has been available outside of the UK as an iframe extension from WooCommerce for some time. The move is expected to further expand PayPal’s grip on the online transactions market. According to figures published this week on its blog, PayPal completed transactions for 162 million customers in 2014, across 26 currencies. The total amount it transacted was $228 billion.