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Overview

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PayPal Commerce Platform is a comprehensive solution designed to serve your business needs and your customers, whether you’re...

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PayKickstart is an industry-leading billing and affiliate management platform for subscription-based businesses.

  • Platforms supported
  • Web-based
  • iPhone app
  • Android app
  • Windows Phone app
  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
  • Knowledge base
  • Video tutorials
  • Platforms supported
  • Web-based
  • iPhone app
  • Android app
  • Windows Phone app
  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
  • Knowledge base
  • Video tutorials

Video & Screenshots

Pricing

Starting from

Free

  • Free trial available
  • Credit cardless trial
  • Free account
  • Subscription based

Starting from

99

Per month

  • Free trial available
  • Credit cardless trial
  • Free account
  • Subscription based

User reviews

5

4

3

2

1

16,241

4,327

848

149

164

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
96%
would recommend this app

4.7

150

5

4

3

2

1

113

30

5

2

0

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
98%
would recommend this app

Pros

The Paypal program is very wonderful. The ease in depositing and withdrawing is very distinguished.
Love the ease of use and the ease of implementation/integration within other websites and platforms to capture payment.
This has been a great overall experience. I love that PayPal now has started accepting Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies.

Pros

Also, they have a great admin panel that lets you control the products and get daily insights of our sales. I believe this is one of the best solution for simple subscription products like ours.
What I love most is that they are continuously improving their service offering and ALWAYS provide excellent customer service. Plus, they have a built-in affiliate management system.
The metrics, the one-click upsells, the campaign options--it works perfectly for kind of business. I love the robust functionality, even though it poses something of a learning curve.

Cons

However, people also get blocked by PayPal without any warning and they can freeze and hold the money from that account that makes annoying things to the user.
Also, I do worry about storing my bank account information for a service like PayPal. They might be insured against fraud, but I still worry sometimes that my account information will be stolen.
This becomes a problem when you need money quickly. IPN and PayPal API are unstable, often messing up transactions, especially if they involve limited items and need verification as soon as possible.

Cons

I don't like the interface, somethime have some problem and it's very difficult use it with the mobile. The software is not easy to you for my coustomer and its expensive.
Can be confusing to navigate at times, ie: transaction vs subscription.
The Sale was NOT tracked, and I receive no commissions.
  • Vendor responds to reviews
  • Last review9 days ago
  • Vendor responds to reviews
  • Last review9 months ago

Key features

  • Total features83
  • ACH Payment Processing
  • AI/Machine Learning
  • API
  • Abandoned Cart Saver
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Ad hoc Reporting
  • Affiliate Management
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Anomaly Detection
  • Banner Management
  • Barcode / Ticket Scanning
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Billing Portal
  • Bonus Management
  • Campaign Analytics
  • Campaign Management
  • Cancellation Management
  • Cash Management
  • Check Fraud Detection
  • Commission Management
  • Compliance Management
  • Contact Database
  • Credit Card Processing
  • Customer Management
  • Customer Profiles
  • Customer Segmentation
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Dashboard
  • Customizable Invoices
  • Dashboard
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Management
  • Data Security
  • Data Visualization
  • Debit/Credit Card Processing
  • Deferred Billing
  • Discount Management
  • Dunning Management
  • Electronic Payments
  • Electronic Signature
  • Enrollments/Onboarding
  • Financial Reporting
  • For B2B
  • For Retail
  • Fraud Detection
  • Gamification
  • In-Person Payments
  • Internal Fraud Monitoring
  • Intrusion Detection System
  • Inventory Management
  • Invoice Creation
  • Invoice History
  • Invoice Management
  • Invoice Processing
  • Lead Engagement
  • Lead Generation
  • Marketing Reports
  • Marketplace Integration
  • Mobile Access
  • Mobile Commerce
  • Mobile Payments
  • Monitoring
  • Multi-Currency
  • Multi-Location
  • Multi-Period Recurring Billing
  • Multi-Store
  • Multiple Payment Options
  • Online Invoicing
  • Online Payments
  • Order Management
  • Order Processing
  • PCI Assessment
  • PCI Compliance
  • Payment Fraud Prevention
  • Payment Options
  • Payment Processing
  • Payment Processing Services Integration
  • Performance Management
  • Point of Sale (POS)
  • Product Catalog
  • Promotions Management
  • Real Time Monitoring
  • Real-time Alerts
  • Receipt Management
  • Recurring Invoicing
  • Recurring/Subscription Billing
  • Referral Tracking
  • Refund Management
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Restaurant POS
  • Returns Management
  • Risk Analytics
  • Risk Management
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • SSL Security
  • Sales Reports
  • Sales Tax Management
  • Scheduled / Automated Reports
  • Self Service Portal
  • Shipping Management
  • Shopping Cart
  • Social Media Integration
  • Status Tracking
  • Subscription Plan Management
  • Tax Management
  • Template Management
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Transaction History
  • Transaction Monitoring
  • Usage Tracking/Analytics
  • User Management
  • Widgets
  • eCommerce Management
  • Total features58
  • ACH Payment Processing
  • AI/Machine Learning
  • API
  • Abandoned Cart Saver
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Ad hoc Reporting
  • Affiliate Management
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Anomaly Detection
  • Banner Management
  • Barcode / Ticket Scanning
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Billing Portal
  • Bonus Management
  • Campaign Analytics
  • Campaign Management
  • Cancellation Management
  • Cash Management
  • Check Fraud Detection
  • Commission Management
  • Compliance Management
  • Contact Database
  • Credit Card Processing
  • Customer Management
  • Customer Profiles
  • Customer Segmentation
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Dashboard
  • Customizable Invoices
  • Dashboard
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Management
  • Data Security
  • Data Visualization
  • Debit/Credit Card Processing
  • Deferred Billing
  • Discount Management
  • Dunning Management
  • Electronic Payments
  • Electronic Signature
  • Enrollments/Onboarding
  • Financial Reporting
  • For B2B
  • For Retail
  • Fraud Detection
  • Gamification
  • In-Person Payments
  • Internal Fraud Monitoring
  • Intrusion Detection System
  • Inventory Management
  • Invoice Creation
  • Invoice History
  • Invoice Management
  • Invoice Processing
  • Lead Engagement
  • Lead Generation
  • Marketing Reports
  • Marketplace Integration
  • Mobile Access
  • Mobile Commerce
  • Mobile Payments
  • Monitoring
  • Multi-Currency
  • Multi-Location
  • Multi-Period Recurring Billing
  • Multi-Store
  • Multiple Payment Options
  • Online Invoicing
  • Online Payments
  • Order Management
  • Order Processing
  • PCI Assessment
  • PCI Compliance
  • Payment Fraud Prevention
  • Payment Options
  • Payment Processing
  • Payment Processing Services Integration
  • Performance Management
  • Point of Sale (POS)
  • Product Catalog
  • Promotions Management
  • Real Time Monitoring
  • Real-time Alerts
  • Receipt Management
  • Recurring Invoicing
  • Recurring/Subscription Billing
  • Referral Tracking
  • Refund Management
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Restaurant POS
  • Returns Management
  • Risk Analytics
  • Risk Management
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • SSL Security
  • Sales Reports
  • Sales Tax Management
  • Scheduled / Automated Reports
  • Self Service Portal
  • Shipping Management
  • Shopping Cart
  • Social Media Integration
  • Status Tracking
  • Subscription Plan Management
  • Tax Management
  • Template Management
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Transaction History
  • Transaction Monitoring
  • Usage Tracking/Analytics
  • User Management
  • Widgets
  • eCommerce Management

Integrations

  • Total integrations1045
  • AWeber
  • ActiveCampaign
  • Adobe Commerce
  • Authorize.Net
  • BigCommerce
  • Google Analytics 360
  • HubSpot CRM
  • Instagram
  • Mailchimp
  • Meta for Business
  • PayPal
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • ShipStation
  • Shopify
  • Slack
  • Stripe
  • Twitter
  • WooCommerce
  • WordPress
  • Zapier
  • Total integrations29
  • AWeber
  • ActiveCampaign
  • Adobe Commerce
  • Authorize.Net
  • BigCommerce
  • Google Analytics 360
  • HubSpot CRM
  • Instagram
  • Mailchimp
  • Meta for Business
  • PayPal
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • ShipStation
  • Shopify
  • Slack
  • Stripe
  • Twitter
  • WooCommerce
  • WordPress
  • Zapier

User reviews that mention these apps

Overall Rating
  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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PayKickstart

Great software

Reviewed 3 years ago

Great plugin with Paypal, has been a game changer for anyone dealing with PayPal transactions

Pros

Easy to use dashboard, control of products easily

Cons

Can be confusing to navigate at times, ie: transaction vs subscription

Overall Rating
  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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PayKickstart

Turnkey affiliate platform

Reviewed 3 years ago
Pros

Simple to connect and export payments. Also, easy to see what payments are expected to arrive and when.

Cons

It's a bit confusing at first to transfer affiliate earnings from the account to Paypal.

Overall Rating
  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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PayKickstart

it integrates with Apps I already use

Reviewed 3 years ago
Pros

Really love how it integrates with Apps I already use, like mailchimp, paypal and stripe, aas well as optimisemember.

Cons

Just a bit on the marketplace, it took me a while to get used to how to get affiliate links

Overall Rating
  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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PayKickstart

It's a game changer

Reviewed 3 years ago

Before paykickstart I had a problem getting paid with clickfunnels alone, specially when using PayPal .. not to mention the one click upsell feature and affiliate management. it made it so easy for me to build checkouts and get paid fast.

Pros

The customer support , The functionality , The updates

Cons

maybe they need to integrate with more payment gateways

Overall Rating
  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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PayKickstart

PayKickstart is heaven

Reviewed a year ago

The manual processes we had before are slowly going away 1 by 1 with the automation we are able to tie into PK. Thanks to the api, IPN integration on products, and a flexible carting system that can insure we are capturing everything we need.

Pros

This is hard to pinpoint... I guess my absolute favorite is the combination of product, cart, and affiliate management. Everything has been SO much easier

Cons

Can't really knock it for this, but it would be nice if manual payouts to affiliates could hook into the paypal payout api to make things every more simple than PK already does. The only other thing would be expanding the PK api even further for updating custom data that's only available to be changed from the portal.

Overall Rating
  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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PayKickstart

Awesome platform for serious sellers.

Reviewed 3 years ago

I was looking for a simple way to integrate Paypal as a payment option. What I got was a whole lot more. The Subscription management and the ability to allow the user to use any payment method to do anything (subscribe, one-click upsells etc...) is amazing. PayKickstart allows us to offer the payment flexibility that today's customer expects.

Pros

It is built for volume, flexibility, easy config, and maximum compatibility.

Cons

I would like to be able to white label the affiliate members area.

Overall Rating
  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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PayKickstart

The software does what you want, but the gem here is the support team

Reviewed a year ago

Overall very good experience, PayKickStarts handles all my payments, I can easily price my products, do upsells, integrate (with Zappier) so my customers get access as soon as they pay.

Pros

PayKickStart does what you expect : intuitive payment pages for your customers, with easy to set options such as monthly payments, Stripe/PayPal, upsells... But the key advantage is the awesome support team, which always answers fast (I always interacted with chat, no need to wait 2 hours for an answer by email), with people who can troubleshoot and help you precisely. It's a precious thing because when something happens related to payments, customers want fast answers...

Cons

Nothing particular to pinpoint in the negatives.