January 23, 2013

Helium – Accept Payments Online


While some business owners feel comfortable enough setting up and managing their own online properties, few are savvy enough to integrate online purchasing capabilities into their sites without some professional help. Unless they’re using Helium. The super-simple web-application handles credit card transactions, file hosting, and virtually every other element of the online sales process so its users don’t have to.

Paste a single line of Javascript code into your HTML to start selling physical products, e-books, and subscriptions to your services right away. When customers click on your Buy Now button, they’ll be able to complete their transactions directly on your site, without being redirected to an outside app. As the business owner, Helium lets you customize the sales process, making decisions like whether your buyers should be required to input their shipping information, whether they should automatically receive receipts, and whether you should receive a copy of those same receipts. You can manage the number of items you’re willing to sell through Helium, or redirect customers to a separate site after their checkouts are complete.

Helium handles all aspects of credit card processing and file hosting, which means you don’t have to worry about much once you’ve selected your Helium customization options and added the Buy Now button to your site. Customers who make purchases can pay with any major credit card, and their transactions will be processed through the Stripe payment network.

Practical Uses:

  • Start selling your e-book online
  • Give online visitors a way to purchase a subscription to your site
  • Accept payments online without sending your customers to an outside app
  • Let shoppers on your e-commerce site pay with their credit cards

Insider Tips:

  • Helium is powered by Stripe Connect
  • Merchants should add a Buy Now button to any pages on their sites where they want transactions to occur
  • Helium accepts American Express, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover
  • Merchants need a Stripe account to start using Helium
  • Helium can host product pages for merchants who don’t have their own websites

What we liked:

  • Shoppers can complete their transactions without being directed to an outside site
  • Users don’t need any coding experience to add e-commerce features to their sites
  • Helium charges a lower transaction fee than many of its competitors
  • Helium offers live support for users who need help integrating its shopping cart into their websites

What we didn’t like:

  • Nothing


Company Info:


  • Merchants pay a 4.9% fee per transaction

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