Website Checklist

Guidelines for using the Better Proposals integration with Stripe

This page contains a list of the common elements—such as accurate product descriptions, clear policies, and proper security features—that each business on Stripe should address on its website. Adhering to these recommendations reduces the risk of customer confusion and disputes. It also helps you meet Stripe’s standards and the standards set by the credit card networks.

A description of what you are selling

Besides only listing the name of the product or service, you can help customers with their purchasing decision by providing detailed text descriptions of what you’re selling. For physical goods, include multiple pictures and information about material, colors, and other details. This is also an important measure to protect against potential disputes: setting the right expectations up front gives your customers a clear idea of what they get for their money.

The purchase currency

To support international purchasers, clearly display the currency associated with the prices on your site. Listing only the currency symbol may not be enough, so be as explicit as possible when showing prices.

Customer service contact information

Make sure your customers can find multiple contact methods on your site, including direct communication channels, such as email addresses, phone numbers, and live chat (something besides contact forms). Low-friction communication is key to providing a good customer experience and heading off misunderstandings early on, helping to avoid disputes.

Your fulfillment policies

Your customers should be able to determine how you fulfill orders. Some examples of policies that may be relevant for your business include: Being clear and fair in these policies goes a long way toward building customer trust, and it can also provide you with protection against disputes. If we review your website and can’t find information on your fulfillment policies, we may request that you add some additional content about order fulfillment.

Legal or export restrictions applicable to your business

Certain products and services are subject to restrictions. Properly disclosing any applicable restrictions and how they may impact your customers helps build trust with them.

Your website's privacy policy

Consumer data privacy is now a priority for legislation and governments around the world. Clearly explaining your website’s privacy policy helps you both comply with privacy laws and helps your customers understand how their data is protected, used, or disclosed.

Your business address

If you have a physical address, listing it on your website adds credibility for your business.

The terms of any promotions you are offering

Clearly disclose the conditions of any promotion, discount, or trial that you offer to customers. Display a link or disclaimer text so that it’s visible when customers agree to participate. Transparency around these conditions can help avoid confusion and disputes.

The security of your website and customer payment information

Make sure that your customers know that you comply with the PCI standards. You can learn more about what PCI compliance means for Stripe by reading about integration security. Ensure that your website (especially your payment form) uses HTTPS and other security best practices and is not susceptible to card testing. You must also explain that your customer’s payment information is handled safely when doing business with you.

The logos of the credit cards you accept

You can reduce friction in the checkout process by displaying the brand logos of the credit cards that you accept, making it clear to customers that you accept their preferred card.

These guidelines are based on the rules published by the card networks. As an online merchant, it’s your responsibility to ensure that you’re compliant with these rules, including the Visa Rules and Regulations, the Mastercard Rules, the American Express Merchant Operating Guide, and the Discover Network Rules (please contact Discover for a copy).

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