To begin using your HostLaunch account, you'll need to set up all required API keys, including your Stripe API key. Your Stripe API key is used by HostLaunch to charge your customers. This article will show you how to get your Stripe API key.
First, we'll create an account at Stripe. If you already have a Stripe account you want to use with HostLaunch, you can skip this step and proceed to the Obtain your Stripe API Key section.
Go to Stripe's website in your web browser, click on Start Now. Then fill in your email address, full name, and desired password.
Click Create your Stripe Account. You will be then be asked how you want to get started. Select the Skip for now option at the bottom.
You should now be at the Stripe Dashboard. To obtain your Stripe API key, you'll first need to verify your email address. This can be completed by clicking the Confirm email address button in the email you should have received from Stripe after you created your account.
A successful confirmation message should then be displayed.
Now, click the Close button to continue onto the Stripe Dashboard.
Now that your account's email has been confirmed, you can proceed with activating your account. Click on the Activate your account option.
This will take you to a registration form that you will need to fill out for your hosting business to be able to process payments from your customers. Fill out the form in its entirety and submit it for processing by Stripe.
After you've completed the registration form for your business, you should then be able to obtain your Stripe API keys by clicking on Get your live API keys in the Stripe Dashboard.
First, select the Publishable key and copy it to your clipboard.
Now, login as an administrator for your HostLaunch account and navigate to the Settings page.
Then click on APIs.
Paste the Publishable key that you copied into your clipboard earlier into the Publishable key field.
Go back to the Stripe Dashboard again to obtain your Secret key by clicking on the eye icon to make it visible and copy it to your clipboard.
Lastly, paste in the Secret key into the Secret key field and click Update.
That's it! You should now be able to successfully charge your customers with Stripe. We now recommend taking some time to read over the Stripe documentation so that you're familiar with everything you can do with your account:
If you haven't completed the setup of your other required API keys in HostLaunch, we recommend completing those steps now: