Welcome to the InspirePay Knowledge Base!

 

QuickStart Guide

Introduction To InspirePay


InspirePay is an online payment aggregator that integrates major payment methods into a FREE, brandable, payment page. InspirePay is all about making it really easy for people to pay you online. And we think that is pretty Inspired.

InspirePay was built for:

This is of course a short list, but to give you an idea of the types of business InspirePay was built for:

  • Lawyers
  • Doctors (collecting post-treatment co-pays)
  • Graphic Designers
  • Landlords
  • Developers
  • Plumbers
  • Locksmiths
  • Electricians
  • Consultants
  • Psychotherapists
  • Chiropractors
  • And anyone else involved in invoicing clients for payment.

InspirePay is ideal for startups leveraging their social networks, either via Twitter or Facebook to raise money.

We’ve also seen people raising money for more relaxed reasons such as “code and coffee Wednesdays,” “Friday beer money,” etc. Because the payment page setup is so simple, and the system allows you to offer multiple options for people to pay, InspirePay is ideal for anyone raising money from their people.

Many non-profits use InspirePay for funding their social/environmental causes.  They have found that the system is so simple, their followers even get involved in spreading the word.

The Payment Link

InspirePay creates a unique URL which becomes your payment page for accepting payments online.  Some example URL’s include:

Our Founder:
https://inspirepay.com/pay/mark

Our Developers:
https://inspirepay.com/pay/dojo4

And one of our favorite charities:
https://inspirepay.com/pay/blab

How to Set Up Your InspirePay Page

Ready to set up your InspirePay page? Congrats! We’re excited to have you on board.

First Steps:

1) Visit InspirePay: https://inspirepay.com/
2) Click on Sign Up.
3) Enter your email address.
4) Check your email. We’ll send you a link immediately so that you can activate your account.
5) Click the link in the email, and you’ll be taken to your account setup page.
4) Choose your Account Name. This can be your name, your business name, or anything you’d like.
5) Choose a strong password that you’ll be able to remember.

Customizing your InspirePay Page

1) Choose an image to upload. Your InspirePay page will represent you or your business, so choose a photo that is right for you. Obviously, we’ll delete anything violent, nude or defamatory.

2) Fill in your Account Name, Address, and Page Links. For your address, you can be as detailed or vague as you like. Don’t want people to know where you are? Just fill in your Country. Want them to send you snail mail? Enter your street address too. For Page Links, you can enter as many website URLs as you’d like. This gives your sites a little bit of link love and lets your people see your online presence.

Setting up Payment Options

Currently, there are two ways to accept credit card payments through InspirePay:

1) Stripe is a service that lets you start accepting credit card payments immediately, without the specialized accounts necessary to do this on your own. Their rates are really reasonable, and the service is fully integrated into InspirePay. It will take you a total of maybe 5 minutes to be up and running.

2) Your existing merchant account via Sage Gateway, Authorize.net Gateway, or Inspire Commerce. If you have a merchant account and you’ve been accepting credit cards online (not at a physical store with a swiper), chances are you’re already connected to one of these gateways. If not, visit Inspire Commerce for more information on merchant accounts.


 

General FAQs

Requesting Payments

Ready to request a payment?  You can do this in a few different ways using our social media features.

1) Login to your InspirePay Account

2) At the top of your InspirePay page, click on Request a Payment:

request payment top bar

3) Several social media options pop up – Facebook, Twitter, and Email:

request payment drop down

4) Choose your desired method to request the payment.  If you choose Facebook, or Twitter, you will be asked to login to your account to send the unique URL.  If you choose email, a pop-up box will display in the middle of your page which looks like this:

email pop up

Simply type in the email address of the person whom you would like to send the request, as well as your email address, and a note if you’d like.

Another box will display asking you to verify that you’re human.  Type in the information and your email is sent!

Sample InspirePay Payment Request Email:

money request email

InspirePay Pricing

Short answer: InspirePay is FREE. That’s right. Your standard InspirePay account is free, and always will be.

Each payment method you choose to offer on your InspirePay page charge different rates and fees to use their service. Here is a list of the current payment options we offer through InspirePay – please click on link to learn more and select the right option(s) for you:
Stripe
PayPal
Dwolla

Merchant Account
Do you currently accept credit cards for your business through a traditional merchant account? Perfect. That will take you a little longer to set up, but you’ll be getting the benefits you already enjoy, like lower transaction fees and personalized customer service.

Interested in learning more about setting up a merchant account for your business? Click here for more information on merchant accounts.

Reporting Tool

We have added a reporting tool to the InspirePay toolbar.  Located at the top of your user InspirePay page is a new button – ‘Reports’:

This tool has basic functionality, and will allow you to view and download all past payment history in one simple report in CSV format.

 

Payment Gateways

Setting up Payment Options For Existing Merchant Accounts

To set up your payment options, login to your InspirePay page, and click on ‘Edit Your Page’ at the top navigation bar.

If you have an Existing Merchant Account:

1) Click on the credit card icons

2) Choose the gateway associated with your merchant account:

Sage Gateway
Inspire Commerce
Authorize.net

3) Follow the instructions associated with each terminal option, and you’re connected!

We recommend that you run a test transaction for $1.00 to make sure everything is working before you share your InspirePay publicly.

Setting up Inspire Commerce

To connect your Inspire Commerce account, login to your InspirePay page, and click on ‘Edit Your Page’ at the top navigation bar.

1) Click on the credit card icons

2) Choose Inspire Commerce

3) Insert your API username and Password information into the fields below ‘Setup’

We recommend that you run a test transaction for $1.00 to make sure everything is working before you share your InspirePay Page publicly.

Setting up Authorize.net

To set up your Authorize.net, login to your InspirePay page, and click on ‘Edit Your Page’ at the top navigation bar.

1) Click on the credit card icons

2) Choose Authorize.net

3) Insert your API Login ID and Transaction Key information into the fields below ‘Setup’

To obtain the API Login ID and Transaction Key information, login to your Authorize.net account > click on ‘Account’ > Click on API Login ID and Transaction Key to generate this information.

We recommend that you run a test transaction for $1.00 to make sure everything is working before you share your InspirePay Page publicly.

Setting up Sage Gateway

To set up your Sage Gateway, login to your InspirePay page, and click on ‘Edit Your Page’ at the top navigation bar.

1) Click on the credit card icons

2) Choose Sage Gateway

3) Insert your Merchant ID Number and Merchant Key information into the fields below ‘Setup’

We recommend that you run a test transaction for $1.00 to make sure everything is working before you share your InspirePay Page publicly.

Setting up Stripe

 To connect your Stripe Account, login to your InspirePay page, and click on ‘Edit Your Page’ at the top navigation bar.

1) Click on the credit card icons

2) Choose Stripe Gateway

3) Insert your Live Secret Key into the field below ‘Setup’

To obtain the Live Secret Key information, login to your Stripe account > click on ‘Your Account’ > Click on ‘Account Settings’ > Click on ‘API Keys’ to generate this information.

We recommend that you run a test transaction for $1.00 to make sure everything is working before you share your InspirePay Page publicly.

Setting up PayPal

To connect your PayPal account, login to your InspirePay page, and click on ‘Edit Your Page’ at the top navigation bar.

1) Click on the PayPal Logo

2) Insert your email address that is connected to your PayPal Account

We recommend that you run a test transaction for $1.00 to make sure everything is working before you share your InspirePay Page publicly.

Setting up Dwolla

To connect your Dwolla Account, login to your InspirePay page, and click on ‘Edit Your Page’ at the top navigation bar.

1) Scroll down halfway down the page until you see:

2) Insert your account number into the Setup field.  Your Dwolla account number is 10 digits – XXX-XXX-XXXX

We recommend that you run a test transaction for $1.00 to make sure everything is working before you share your InspirePay Page publicly.


 

Developers

Donation Form

Here is how you can add a donate or variable pay form directly to your web site:

Here is an example form which works for Mark’s Account:

Pay Mark


 

Sample Code

<form action="https://inspirepay.com/pay/mark" method="get" accept-charset="utf-8">
     <input id="" type="text" name="amount" value="" />
     <input type="submit" value="Submit" />
</form>

Customization

To make it work for your own page, all you need to do is change the URL above (in bold) to whatever your account URL is. (ie, if you put the entire link into a browser you should see your own payment page and if you are on your own payment page, just copy it and replace the bold text above).

https://inspirepay.com/pay/inspire
https://inspirepay.com/pay/dojo4
https://inspirepay.com/pay/blab

InspirePay Widget

This feature, consisting of a widget and shortcode, adds the option to display an InspirePay-powered donation form to your website in a page or in the sidebar via a widget (check out ours in our footer below!).


All transactions are handled on the InspirePay website – this feature just adds a form to enable the process directly from your website.

So… how do you get all of this?

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