Interswitch’s Webpay Platform Gets Its First WordPress Plugin

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Nigeria’s leading payment processing gateway, Interswitch now has its first WordPress plugin, thanks to a UK developer, Sean Barton.

The WordPress plugin allows you to integrate the Interswitch WebPay platform with the Nigerian currency (Naira) on your WooCommerce-enabled site. Thus, you can now transform any WordPress website into a full-fledged e-commerce store that accepts payments.

According to Barton, “I was commissioned by a Nigerian to write it and have been working with Interswitch to get it right.”

Describing how the plugin works he noted that it sends the user off to Interswitch to enter their payment information and redirects them back to the site with their information and sends their request to the Interswitch server which returns the payment status.

“If the status is positive then the order is set to Processed and the purchase process completed pending dispatch of the item(s)”, Barton adds, but “if the request returns an error, then the message is presented to the user in conjunction with a ‘try again’ link which sends them off to Interswitch to enter their information again as per the requirements set out by Interswitch.”

The developer, however mentioned that it was difficult to implement due to Interswitch’s poor documentation and archaic methods.

If you’re an online business, developer or entrepreneur looking to enable a payment system on a WordPress site, you need to have both the WooCommerce Interswitch WebPay plugin installed and activated and an account with Interswitch WebPay.

The developer is currently working on integrating other Nigerian payment services such as Eyowo and VoguePay with their own WordPress plugins.

[H/T: @supersanusi via TechSuplex]


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  • http://www.tortoise-it.co.uk/ Sean Barton

    Thanks for the mention. I have been working with Eyowo and VoguePay also to get similar solutions up and running so, at last, Nigeria can enjoy using WooCommerce as much as I do. I am also in the process of working to improve my Interswitch plugin as reports of it’s usefulness and acceptance by Interswitch come in.

    thanks
    Sean

  • http://www.carolinewabara.com Caroline Wabara

    Wow thats awesome! Keep up the good work Sean. But I think I would wait patiently for the woocommerce for voguepay plugin, cos its much cheaper for small businesses who cant interswitch high fees. Until then, keep up the good work. Cant believe the interswitch payment method is still archaic. lol

  • http://www.carolinewabara.com Caroline Wabara

    Wow thats awesome! Keep up the good work Sean. But I think I would wait patiently for the woocommerce for voguepay plugin, cos its much cheaper for small businesses who cant afford interswitch high fees. Until then, keep up the good work. Cant believe the interswitch payment method is still archaic. lol

  • Doyin

    Thanks for this and i think it is something that has been long over-due.

  • Tunde

    Now….Ecommerce is getting interesting, this was supposed to be one of the big break for Paga. Paga Dulled. I hope Interswitch will step down the cost of integration so they can reach more.

  • Eugene Celestine

    Its just unfortunate that Interswitch have not been able to get a wordpress, joomla and other CMS plugin before now despite the huge amount of money they’ve made. They just neglect young Internet Entrepreneurs and target large firms as if the large firms where not small years back. No matter how big you are, you must provide Value to people if you intend to remain in business for generation’s.

    If they want Nigerians to appreciate their service, they should find a way of reducing their cost in order to encourage young Entrepreneurs. Payment processors like Paypal, 2chekcout, Plimus, Intuit are enjoying millions of registered members due to their low fee.

    I must commend Sean for this great input in Nigeria eCommerce Industry. Kindly develop a Plugin for Voguepay, its one of the Payment processing firm that encourages young Internet Entrepreneurs. THANKS Sean Barton

  • Eugene Celestine

    Its just unfortunate that Interswitch have not been able to get a wordpress plugin before now despite the huge amount of money they’ve made. They just neglect young Internet Entrepreneurs and target large firms as if the large firms where not small years back.

    If they want Nigerians to appreciate their service, they should find a way of reducing their cost in order to encourage young Entrepreneurs. Payment processors like Paypal, 2chekcout, Plimus, Intuit are enjoying millions of registered members due to their low fee.

    I must commend Sean for this great input in Nigeria eCommerce Industry. Kindly develop a Plugin for Voguepay, its one of the Payment processing firm that encourages young Internet Entreprenuers. THANKS Sean Barton

  • Femmy

    Nice one, though long overdue, and too bad it was not even spear headed by Interswitch, are we going to call on Sean Barton to help us write an “Interswitch Payment Module” for Opencart , Magento and the rest …!

  • adeleke

    Kudos to Sean. Sad though that it is a Briton that develops the first Interswitch plugin. If Interswitch is interested in progress for Nigerian eCommerce, it should reduce the integration fee to an amount comparable to international standards e.g PayPal = zero. Or must an Indian company come to do that too?

  • http://www.facebook.com/fawukenny Fawumi Kehinde

    Great work!! You have opened many other native developers to opportunities yet explored!
    Let’s keep moving forward.

  • http://www.facebook.com/fawukenny Fawumi Kehinde

    Great work by Sean Barton!! You have opened many other developers to opportunities yet explored!
    Let’s keep moving forward.

  • http://www.facebook.com/temikolawole Temi Kolawole

    Sean, ori e wan be

  • Dude

    We have for opencart and magento

  • Femmy

    Thats cool to know,I will explore it……. Do you know if the interswitch wordpress plugin could work with other wp themes apart from the woothemes ? I don’t really dig most of the woothemes.

  • http://twitter.com/adewalelagos Lateef Adewale

    Paga dull? i don’t think so, WordPress is open source and paga too could get on board. You don’t need a license from NNC to do wordpress | if they talk to me, i have a friend who could do them a well coded plugin that is not bloated. Meanwhile i’ll just check this one out to see if their is bug or not.

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  • I_dey_vex

    naija developers just don’t want to do anything…was anyone here @ developers parapo in cchub where some interswitch guys spoke???Interswitch has about 900 clients on webpay but only 10 out of the 900 make meaningful transactions on webpay, yet you want them to build plugins. Is building plugins not the responsibility of developer mostly freelancers???Nawa for all these beef for interswitch, today we’ld take interswitch down, tomorrow interswitch is supposed to build plugins, next tomorrow ……Shame on naija developers, we should be the ones to force interswitch to change their game but what do we do?sit down and complain….why are we not the ones building these plugins and coming up wit innovative ways to force interswitch’s hand?Shame on Techloy too for again being biased about another news item….

  • Patrick Foh

    I integrated interswitch webpay into an e-commerce site, the problem with interswitch is that they are somewhat oblivious to change..the documentation and UAT testing needs to be improved alot

  • Mau

    Really? where can i find them please?

  • http://deluxejournal.com/ Otobong Colby

    Wow nice one! Just what I was looking for, can’t wait to integrate it on my client hotel website

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