Five ways to set up a high-risk payment gateway on Squarespace –

If you have built your high-risk e-commerce site on Squarespace, this article may be a godsend. Thousands of Squarespace site owners have likely spent hours on their CBD, vape, cigar, pipes & glass, or tactical site – only to realize that the “out of the box” payment options are limited to Stripe and PayPal.

This article goes over, in detail, how to set up an alternative, high-risk friendly payment processor while still using Squarespace.

As many of you might already know, neither Stripe nor PayPal is capable of processing payments for many businesses in the high-risk industry. Numerous high-risk business types are listed within their “prohibited” categories or in violation of their allowed use policies.

In short, the standard payment gateway options you get with Squarespace aren’t always going to work if you sell vape, FFL to FFL products, pipes, and glassware, legal CBD, or cigars. But, don’t worry, we have alternative payment processing solutions for your site.

If you have found that Stripe and PayPal prohibit your product, let us help you get your Squarespace set up with a payment gateway that works for you.

If you need in-depth info on connecting Squarespace to high-risk payments, continue reading below

If you are ready to start selling on Squarespace and want us to help you integrate a high-risk payment gateway into Squarespace now, fill out this short form for free friendly advice.
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Many of our clients have asked us, “what can I do to sell high-risk products on Squarespace without starting over?”

Squarespace has some excellent website building features that make it easy for you to create the e-commerce store you want. It’s simple and straightforward to edit, without you needing to know anything about coding.

It offers a significant amount of freedom to customize your site as you see fit. Squarespace is an excellent fit for small and medium online businesses.  Of course, it also allows you to easily edit SEO elements of your site with a standard gear icon.

If you have already created your site, you’ve probably invested a lot of care and time into creating the online store you’ve always imagined. Luckily, there is a way to keep using Squarespace while still selling your high-risk products.

The third-party Squarespace payment gateway alternatives for high-risk product sales

Many of you might already know that Squarespace has three main ways of accepting credit card payments for Squarespace merchants. Their official payment integrations include Apple Pay, Stripe, and PayPal. Stripe is one of the most popular choices. However, none of these Squarespace alternatives work for high-risk product sales. This means you need to find a Squarespace payment gateway alternative.

With this in mind, let’s look at some of the best ways to accept payments for high-risk products while using Squarespace. We want to provide you with plenty of choices and find what credit card processing set up is best for your high-risk Squarespace website.

Below are 5 alternative payment gateways that work for Squarespace sites selling regulated products like smoking accessories, vape, CBD oils, cigars, tactical items, and FFL to FFL:

  1. Foxy payment integration for Squarespace (best fit for most)
  2. Squarespace Shopify integration using Authorize.Net -when Authorize.Net is set up correctly
  3. Squarespace Shopify widget with the pinwheel payment gateway (limited uses- certain processors set up a Pinwheel account for you as part of their service) – contact us with any questions
  4. Embed WuFoo form payment collection on Squarespace
  5. Squarespace NMI & QuickClick integration

Here’s an in-depth dive into each Squarespace payment gateway option listed above

You can use all these integrations with Squarespace, if you do it right and set the individual payment gateways up for high-risk processing. Contact us anytime for a payment gateway that works with your site.

Let’s discuss each one of the options, in detail, below. best shopping cart for high-risk Squarespace sales - quote image


#1 – Foxy works best for most high-risk Squarespace site owners

As you might know from our earlier article covering, or Foxy Cart as they were previously known, they work brilliantly for high-risk e-commerce. It’s an agile e-commerce solution that’s mobile-ready, cross-platform compatible, and integrates intelligently with a host of site builders and e-commerce platforms. It’s possible to use Foxy on a Squarespace page and accept payments with a beautiful looking cart on-site.

However, there is one thing you must do before you start selling FFL products, CBD, vaporizers, e-liquid, pipes & glassware, or tactical gear: you need to make sure that you set up your gateway correctly for high-risk processing – that’s where our partners can help. Contact us here for a high-risk payment processing recommendation. 

Happily, we can set you up with Authorize.Net as your Foxy high-risk payment gateway and ensure that the processing on the back end works for your product type. Authorize.Net is one of our clear favorites – when set up for high-risk.

We spoke with Foxy tech staff to get their view on Squarespace and how a Squarespace site owner would go about integrating the Foxy shopping cart and payment processing abilities.

Frankly, we’re impressed, having gone through the details and the processes used to integrate Foxy with Squarespace. You don’t need coding expertise, yet it looks fantastic and works like a charm. You can read more below, and also visit Foxy directly at this link Again, though, you need to set up the payment piece for high-risk processing and Foxy does not do that part.


Squarespace TPG recommended method for high-risk sales is our recommended Squarespace payment method of selling high-risk products

Adding Foxy, with “add to cart” and an “on-page cart overview,” to your Squarespace page is very user-friendly. Follow these steps:

  1. In Squarespace, click on “settings,” then “Website Column,” and finally click “Advanced.”
  2. Click “Code Injection”
  3. Open a new tab and go to the Foxy website and access your “Foxy Admin.”
  4. Click on Sample Code (near the top of the page) and Copy the snippet of code from “Step 1” on the page
  5. Go back to the Squarespace tab and paste the piece of code you just copied into the “Footer section.”
  6. Click “Save Changes”

This enables your Squarespace page to operate Foxy.

Now, enable Foxy:

  1. Click on “Pages” to choose the page you want to add the purchase options to.
  2. Click on “Edit” to edit page content and add a button element, which you can style to your liking.
  3. Go to the Foxy tab again, and in the Foxy Admin – copy the “href” value from the link example in step 2, listed on the admin page
  4. Going back to the Squarespace tab, paste the copied link into the “clickthrough URL” field
  5. Then modify the product parameters as necessary (such as cost or description) Click “Apply
  6. Changes” and “Save Settings”

This makes the button on your Squarespace page connect to Foxy, now let’s add some photos.

Add product pictures:

  1. On your Squarespace page, go to view mode and right-click on your product image, then choose “Copy Image Address” from the right-click menu.
  2. Switch back to edit mode and click to edit your button element and edit the “Clickthrough URL.”
  3. At the end of your “clickthrough URL” add “&image=“ (without the quotes) and paste the image address you just copied right after the equal sign
  4. Apply changes and save settings

Just like that, you have a beautiful looking, fully functional e-commerce site on your Squarespace page. We find that is the best third-party alternative shopping cart we recommend for Squarespace.

You can also use Ecwid to integrate high-risk processing via either Authorize.Net or NMI into Squarespace. Read more about that here.

Remember, you will need a high-risk payment gateway/merchant account combo to make any of these five solutions work – we can help.

#2 – the Shopify cart with Squarespace for high-risk sales

To sell high-risk products on your Squarespace site, you can integrate Shopify Lite or a Shopify Buy Button.

Below we explain the Shopify Buy Button a little more, as well as discuss how to make all this work together to enable high-risk payments.

The good news is that the Shopify Buy Button allows you to get plenty of the full shopping cart features you’ll get from a Shopify store. Please check our dedicated page for more information about features and high-risk sales on Shopify.

Making all the moving pieces work can be a little confusing, and depending on your product type, you may want a little head start.

Please feel free to contact us early in the process of merging your Squarespace site with Shopify store functions. Just let us know what you are trying to sell, and we will work with you to get an appropriate high-risk payment gateway up and running on Squarespace.

The Shopify Buy Button

The Shopify Buy Button allows you to transform any website into an e-commerce site where you can sell most products easily and quickly. Simply set up your Shopify Buy Button, and Shopify will create the code you need to add the button to your site.

Choose between Add to Cart and Buy Now buttons

You can choose between different button options. You can integrate Shopify with Squarespace with a straightforward, fixed price button for single items. Or you can generate and use an “Add To Cart” button. While both will take your customer to a different checkout URL than your original URL, you can purchase a custom URL for your checkout page to avoid confusing your customers. Essentially, it’s a copy and paste job.

Something that sets the Shopify button apart is that it allows you to customize it to fit your brand and high-risk website. In summary, it’s simple to set up, affordable, and gives your site a consistent look when it comes to how your customers buy.

How to enable high-risk payments with the Shopify Buy Button

There’s more to accepting credit cards for high-risk products on Squarespace than adding Shopify. You see, Shopify doesn’t actually allow high-risk sales with their out-of-the-box payment options either.

What Shopify does offer, as opposed to Squarespace, is high-risk payment integration. We realize it might sound confusing, but it is quite straightforward if you’re familiar with high-risk payment processing.

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You can start accepting payments for high-risk products on your Squarespace site by contacting us to get a high-risk friendly Authorize.Net account. This account is then integrated with Shopify’s back-end high-risk processing. With these combined, you’ll get a high-risk friendly Shopify Buy Button for your Squarespace site. In short, follow these steps:

  1. Set up a high-risk Authorize.Net account with proper processing on the back end
  2. Have us help you connect your Shopify account to high-risk processing
  3. Paste the Shopify Lite, or Shopify Buy Button, into your Squarespace site

That’s it, and don’t forget we’re always available to talk you through the entire process. You can use our contact form below to reach out for some free advice and one-on-one talks about your payment needs.

#3 – deep dive e-commerce: connect the “pinwheel gateway” to Squarespace using Shopify

Sometimes even 3-step workarounds are not enough for some high-risk merchants to sell their products on SquareSpace. Because we speak to so many people and spend hours researching solutions, we are often able to come up with advanced workarounds – even for the hardest cases.

For some businesses, for example, those selling “farm bill compliant” CBD oils, the ability to connect their Squarespace site to processing is frustratingly elusive. We have recently learned that using the pinwheel payment gateway, which is a native dropdown in Shopify, is a practical way for some businesses to accept credit cards on Squarespace.

But, it’s not that simple – and for most sites, we have better CBD payment gateway options. 

To connect Squarespace to pinwheel – and to the small handful of US-based processors that work with the pinwheel payment gateway and not with Authorize.Net or NMI – you would need to follow the five steps below.

We feel this solution is clunky, but it can be “better than nothing” for some high-risk businesses that may otherwise not be able to sell using Squarespace. There are a lot of moving parts, so if you are interested in this solution, contact us here, and we will align you with a trusted independent agent that can go over all the details.  In a nutshell, this is roughly how it would go.

  1. Set up high-risk “pinwheel compatible” credit card processing with proper processing on the back end (we can make recommendations, contact us for help)
  2. Set up a pinwheel account (if directed by your agent or processor- often the processors that use pinwheel do it for you)
  3. Connect your pinwheel account to high-risk processing (again we can help)
  4. Select pinwheel in the processor dropdown within your Shopify simplified e-commerce widget
  5. Paste the Shopify Lite, or Shopify Buy Button, into your Squarespace site

#4 – how to use WuFoo for Squarespace high-risk product sales

If you’re looking for a payment processor/contact form hybrid, then WuFoo is the way to go. The good news is that it’s also possible to embed your Wufoo form into your Squarespace site and use it to collect payments.

The way to embed WuFoo on your Squarespace page is essentially the same method as other 3rd party codes like QuickClick discussed in option 5. For you to get the code you’re looking for, you need to follow these steps:

  1. Log into your WuFoo account and go to Forms.
  2. Click “Share” on the right-hand side of the form.
  3. Select “Embed on iFrame” -this will give the simple HTML code you’re looking for.
  4. Click “Copy Code.”
  5. Paste the code in your web page.

Before you start adding your WuFoo form to whichever page you want to accept payments from, there’s a couple of things you need to know.

Disclaimer: when we spoke with the WuFoo support team, they highly recommended using the JavaScript embed method first. Then look to the iFrame method as a backup choice. However, considering Squarespace’s emphasis on custom HTML, we’re currently recommending trying to use the “embed on iFrame” method. We’ll keep our ears to the ground and update this recommendation should we find more evidence in favor of one way over the other.

The second thing you should know is that you need to make sure your WuFoo form is set up correctly for high-risk processing. The good news is that you can set up WuFoo forms with Authorize.Net if you have someone like us to set up the processing as “high-risk friendly” – which then allows for high-risk credit card processing. We’re more than happy to give you a hand and set it up for you. It’s what we do.

#5 – use NMI QuickClick to sell high-risk products on Squarespace

We’re glad to say that NMI – another one of our favorite gateways – offers a solution for selling high-risk products on Squarespace. You can start accepting credit card payments for high-risk sales like FFL, tactical gear, CBD, glassware, or vape products by integrating the QuickClick button from NMI with your Squarespace page.

The process is straightforward:

  1. Log into your QuickClick account and click on the very top category you see on the page: “Generate Button.” If you don’t already have an NMI account, we’ll set one up for you. Use the short contact form found here to get started.
  2. There, choose whether you want to generate a “Shopping Cart Button,” a “Fixed Price Button,” or a “Donation Button.”
  3. Then click “Create Button,” which will take you to a new page that clearly shows you the fully formatted HTML code of the button you’ve just created.
  4. Go to your Squarespace page and edit the page on which you wish to display the button.
  5. Add the HTML code exactly where you wish it to feature on the specific page where you want your customer to be able to purchase your product.

We’ve worked with NMI for hundreds of high-risk site owners, so please get in touch if you need help getting set up. We’ll also be able to help you integrate NMI with your Squarespace page.

How to integrate third-party payment software code like NMI QuickClick

In our effort to make sure we give you the most up-to-date payment gateway advice, we spoke with the Squarespace customer support team. Through our talk with them, we got a clear and concise answer. However, they won’t be able to offer the same integration support and troubleshooting for “custom code” by third parties as they do with their official integrations. If you use our recommended methods, like for Wix or Ecwid, you will not have to worry about custom code. 

There are multiple ways of adding custom code to your Squarespace e-commerce store. You can add HTML, CSS, and JavaScript from third parties to your store to accept payments. However, support did mention that HTML might be the best route to make this happen for your site.

In other words, selling high-risk products doesn’t need to create problems – you can still use Squarespace and add third-party features, modifications, and processors. The main thing to remember here is that if you need assistance or support, you’ll need to contact the third party you got the code from.

In short, this is how you integrate non-official third-party features, code, and customization:

  1. Get the widget, HTML, or JavaScript code from the third party
  2. Copy the Code
  3. Insert the code where you want it to appear on your page

It’s not as simple as it sounds. The main challenge for high-risk site owners is finding the third parties that offer high-risk processing and also allow you to extract and copy the code you need to insert on your Squarespace website.

This is where the rest of this article will come in handy. Of course, should you have any questions or need any help setting up high-risk payment processing, please get in touch. You can always reach us through our contact form or get in touch with us here.

Contact us for assistance today

At Tasker Payment Gateways, we’ve helped high-risk site owners set up payment processing since 2002. We specialize in finding excellent high-risk payment gateways that suit our clients’ needs and recommending high-risk merchant accounts. In other words, we are incredibly familiar with the high-risk payment processing world. We can help you find and integrate the payment methods you have in mind for the platform of your choosing.

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Keep in mind, we offer lots of free advice, and you don’t have to have everything figured out before you get in touch. We’re more than happy to talk through your options and what’s best for your business. Contact us today, and we can help you start processing credit card payments on your high-risk Squarespace site as soon as possible.