Coinbase Commerce announces WooCommerce plugin, ability to send Bitcoin and Litecoin, and more

  • August 2, 2018
  • 9:02 pm ET

Coinbase has just announced a new WooCommerce plugin that will open the door to crypto payments on millions of websites, the ability to send BTC and LTC from Coinbase Commerce, a new React component, and a Python library for the Coinbase Commerce API.

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Coinbase has just announced four new offerings, all of which will aid crypto adoption, and one of which will open the door to crypto payments on millions of websites.

First, and most importantly, the new Coinbase Commerce for WooCommerce plugin, which allows any of the 4+ million WordPress sites that use WooCommerce to accept crypto payments in Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, and Litecoin simply by signing up for a free CoinBase Commerce merchant account.

You can download the Coinbase Commerce for WooCommerce plugin from the Coinbase git repo.

The second part of the announcement is that you can now send Bitcoin and Litecoin from within Coinbase Commerce.

Here’s what the new integrated withdrawal capability looks like:

Coinbase Commerce Sending Bitcoin and Litecoin

The new Bitcoin withdrawal screen inside of Coinbase Commerce, August 2, 2018

The company says Ethereum and Bitcoin Cash sending is in the works.

Next up is a new React payment button component for developers using the JavaScript library for building user interfaces.

This simple component lets you can easily embed a crypto payment button and Coinbase Commerce checkout on your site with just a few lines of code like this:

Conbase Commerce React Code Example

A code sample for implementing the new Coinbase React payment button component, August 2, 2018.

As with the WooCommerce Plugin, the Coinbase payment button component is a boon for adoption, and will bring the ability to accept payments via Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, and Litecoin to the many thousands of websites using React.

You can download the component from NPM.

Finally, in this adoption-friendly announcement, is news of a brand new Coinbase Commerce Python library, which developers can use to communicate with the Coinbase Commerce API.

Here’s a little code sample:

Coinbase Commerce Python Library Code Snippet

A code sample for the new Coinbase Python library, August 2, 2018

You can download the new Coinbase Currency Python lib from the Coinbase git repo right now. If you’re working with Node.js, Ruby, or PHP, stay tuned as Coinbase says new libraries are on the way for those languages as well.

Coinbase wraps up their four-headed beast of an announcement by noting that whether you’re accepting payments with the WooCommerce plugin, React component, or any other way, when you make a transaction with Coinbase Commerce the money goes directly to the merchant’s wallet address with no transaction fees — a major departure from your typical credit card processing scenario.

As you can see from the announcement, Coinbase truly is on a “quest to make cryptocurrencies an easy payment option,” furthering adoption and making it easier for merchants to accept tokens while giving consumers more and more places to spend it.

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