So lets talk about Woocomerce Payment gateway for Kenya and Ugandan users. A payment gateway lets you receive payment through their platform.

So this article is for Woocommerce users or online store administrators who are in Kenya or Uganda. The following payment gateway will  let your users make secured payment to you via your website powered by Woocommerce.

Note that we have not individually tried all of this. Use at your discretion.

  1. TheBunch KE Pesapal Gateway for Woocommerce
  2. Rave Woocommerce Payment Gatewayay
  3. WooCommerce Rave Payment Gateway
  4. Jambopay WooCommerce Payment Gateway
  5. Woocommerce Mygate

Feel free to ask any question or to recommend any other payment gateway.

So today we will provide a useful guide to anyone who wants to fix Power Inverter, voltage regulator or stabilizer and solar charge controller in Nigeria.

This article is to formally introduce Fixpie gadget repair company. At Fixpie, we have engineers and well trained technicians that will fix any issue that is wrong with your device including Integrated Circuit and motherboard replacement. Our engineers and technicians are well trained and will fix and replace damage electronic components in the situation where the board can not replace or as we deem perfect for the case. This will bring your faulty Inverter, voltage regulator and stabilizer, and solar charge controller back to life.

How it works:

As stated in the picture, you head to www.fixpie.com and click on the repair form to provide the details of your faulty gadget and your preferred pickup location. You decide to bring the gadget to our repair center or our dispatch team will pick it up from you. This service is available only to Lagos customers. We diagnose the gadget, fix the gadget and it will be ready for collection.

You can click here to get started.

In some cases you will notice that Google contacts or other applications like the Google Play Music or Calendar, Games, etc will never synchronize your contacts but it will go ahead to synchronize other applications and processes in your phone. If you do not rectify this issue, you will find out that Google will not back up your latest contacts to your Google drive. This will also mean that your contacts will not be imported to your new phone when you try to restore it.

In this article, I will show you how you can force Google to synchronize your contacts or any other application as the case may be.

HOW TO SYNCHRONIZE GOOGLE CONTACTS, etc.:

Now this is the solution that worked for me. Many online articles sadly do not recommend a working solution but this one works.

  1. Go to Menu>>Apps
  2. In Apps, go to the options at the top right and select: SHOW SYSTEM APPS
  3. In System apps list, scroll until you see the relevant app you want to synchronize. For example if it is Google contacts, select Google Contacts Sync application. See picture below:
  4. Force stop this application
  5. and also disable it.

Now here is the second part of what you have to do:

  1. Enable the application again
  2. Restart your phone
  3. Go to  SETTINGS>ACCOUNT>Google Account settings from your phone and now sync your Google contacts. It should work now.

Tell us if it worked. It worked for us.

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Looks like a galago. This cute animal was caught in a thick forest. They tied and planned to roast it for food. But I freed it and let it slowly go. I watched the slow animal gently move back to the wild.

Unfortunately we left the scene and I only hope the locals won’t track it again and who know?

Please what is the real name of the animal?

Watch video below.

E-commerce is springing up in Ghana and its gradually becoming a preferred means of transaction. Ghana is still having challenges with online payment issues and there seem to be a vacuum in the fintech companies that will fill this role. We have listed the payment gateways that can be used in a Magento ecommerce website for websites in Ghana.

What is Magento?

Magento is a CMS for e-commerce websites. We have done an extensive review of various online store platforms which you can read here.

Magento Payment Gateway for Ghana Ecommerce websites

  1. Ingenico ePayments Magento extension
  2. MPOWER Payment Gateway
  3. Magento 2.1.7 GTBank GTPay Payment Extention
  4. https://www.jumia.com.gh/ forced to do only pay on delivery

I built and manage a shopify store for a client. I noticed that even after I installed a Beeketing app, sdk.beeketing.com still significantly slowed down my online store website! I finally figured out what to do and hence this post.

What is Beeketing?

Beeketing is a software company that builds apps for online stores. I know they build apps both for Woocommerce and Shopify platforms.

So if you are reading this, I guess you have encountered this problem. I found out myself after using Pingdom to measure the speed of my website.

As you already know, speed is the ultimate for any online store. Sellers loose potential customers and of course sales due to speed.

How to delete All Beeketing codes after uninstalling

I had to write to Shopify and Beeketing.

  1. Navigate to your layout.liquid or theme.liquid file. See the picture below:

Shopify Liquid file

2. Find and delete this code:

<!-- BEEKETINGSCRIPT CODE START -->{% include 'bk-tracking' %}<-- BEEKETINGSCRIPT CODE END --!

Save and refresh your page. Now go to Pingdom or any other tool and check the new speed rating of your site. You will observe that the sdk.beeketing.com is also no more.

Fortunately, this same guide is made public by Beeketing themselves. I couldn’t get it initially until I wrote them.

But why would Beeketing snip in this code on people’s website? According to their website:

These unremoved codes do not affect your storefront and site performance.

But this statement is not true. The code affects the speed and performance of your store. Why the code? It suggests that Beeketing continue tracking user’s websites even after you uninstall their app. Look at the code again:

<!-- BEEKETINGSCRIPT CODE START -->{% include 'bk-tracking' %}<-- BEEKETINGSCRIPT CODE END --!

I think this is wrong. Not every one is technical enough to notice this and one wonders how many sites they are remotely tracking.

How can you receive payments from your Nigerian clients through your Woocommerce online store? We are going to show you just how!

Woocommerce is a WordPress login that magically converts your WordPress website to an online store or e-commerce site. This is indispensable of you want to buy and sell a small or large catalogue of items on your website.

Now there are other plugins that can do this job but Woocommerce is unarguably the most popular and the best addon for this job.

So if you’re a Nigerian merchant or e-commerce owner, building an online store is simply not enough. You need payment gateways that accept Nigerian bank cards 🎴. Payment gateways are CBN licensed softwares that help you retrieve the money from your customer’s card and credit your bank account directly after a short period of time.

The most popular of these gateways is PayPal but unfortunately, this service is not open to Nigerians. This is the reason we put up this post.

Please note that Payment gateways accept commission per any successful transaction.

Woocommerce Payment gateways that accept Nigerian bank cards

So we have attempted to list all the payment gateways available on Woocommerce. This list is exhaustive but we will keep updating it as more gets added to the platform. I have tried only some of the e-commerce websites I built but I do not recommend any in this post.

I advice the reader to read up on each gateway in their respective websites.

Here goes our list :

  1. Paystack WooCommerce Payment Gateway

    Paystack WooCommerce Payment Gateway allows you to accept online payments from local and international customers

  2. Voguepay WooCommerce Payment Gateway

    Voguepay WooCommerce Payment Gateway allows you to accept payment on your WooCommerce store via Visa Card, MasterCard and Verve Card.

  3. Remita Woocommerce Payment Plugin

    Remita Woocommerce Payment Plugin allows you to accept payment on your Woocommerce store via Visa Cards, Mastercards, Verve Cards, eTranzact, PocketMo …

  4. APLUS Interswitch Nigeria WebPAY

    The A+ Interswitch WebPAY Plugin is a simple plugin that helps you accept Verve, MasterCard and VISA cards on your WooCommerce store or donations webs …

  5. SimplePay Official WordPress Plugin

    SimplePay is the best Online Payment Gateway for the Nigerian market.

  6. CashEnvoy WooCommerce Payment

    CashEnvoy Woocommerce Payment Gateway allows you to accept payment on your Woocommerce store via Visa Cards, Mastercards, Verve Cards and eTranzact.

  7. Rave Easy Digital Downloads Payment Gateway

    Rave Easy Digital Downloads payment gateway allows you to accept payment through multiple payment channels via Rave by Flutterwave

You can contact us if you want us to add or remove from this list.

If you you are a website developer or you want to build an online store for your startup or business, I bet you want a hassle free platform to build your e-commerce website. If you are in either Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya or South Africa, you also specifically want a best e-commerce platform that at least will accept payment from local country bank cards and transfers. Especially for Nigerians, this is very important because we live in an age where many payment gateways trust Nigerians as the owner of a yam barn trust goats. This is so unfortunate but in reality, we can’t effectively use payment gateways as Paypal with Nigerian IPs.

Ghana on the other hand seem to be struggling with building efficient payment gateway. Fiin Tech companies in Ghana are not as developed as in South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya.

Note that payment gateways take commission off each transaction.

And of course you don’t want to code an e-commerce website from scratch or better still you can’t code an e-commerce website from the scratch, you need to build on an existing platform. Even if you are a code guru, why reinvent the wheel completely?

There are many e-commerce platforms out there to choose from but this is not as easy as it appears. I have been building online stores since 2012 and I can guide you accordingly. Before we start, let me quickly make a list of some of the e-commerce platforms out there in no order. Some of them are Open source while others are Software as a service.

Popular E-commerce platforms:

  1. Big Cartel.
  2. BigCommerce.
  3. Magento.
  4. Shopify.
  5. Volusion.
  6. Demandware.
  7. WooCommerce.
  8. 3dcart.
  9. Kibo.
  10. Prestashop.
  11. Squarespace.

There may even be more but why should we go on listing them? For the best e-commerce platform for Nigerians, we can narrow them down to about 4 platforms or 3 platforms and we run a quick review of the pros and cons of each.

But why narrow it down to 3? Our 3 best e-commerce platforms suits Nigerians, Ghanaians, Kenyans and South Africans the most. I bet you don’t want the stress of having to recode a badly coded script or building your own custom theme and add-ons or plugins. Many of the other e-commerce platforms are great on their own but they unfortunately do not have a large ecosystem. By ecosystem I mean their user-base isn’t much and they have fewer developers building add-ons or plugins for the platform. So we stick to our 3 best e-commerce platforms.

Best E-Commerce platform for Nigerian, Ghana, Kenya and South African Websites:

After an extensive research and without wasting much of your time, the best 3 e-commerce platforms for many African websites in no particular order is:

  1. Magento
  2. Shopify
  3. Woocommerce/WordPress

All these three accept Nigerian Payment gateways and has hundreds if not now thousands of add-ons. This will save you the cost of building custom tools which is very expensive to do especially if you’re hiring a freelancer.

Now let’s look at the pros and cons of each of the platform. As you know, this article is written bearing the Nigerian website developer in mind. Let’s start with Magento.

Magento:

Magento is one of the oldest E-commerce platforms. Even the early version of Konga.com was built on Magento. Nigerian payment gateways accepted on Magento platform includes:

Interswitch Webpay
Remita
GTPay
VoguePay
SimplePay
2Checkout (2co)
Cashenvoy
Paystack
Flutterwave.

This is a lot and still counting.

Magento Pros:

1. It accept Nigerian payment gateways which means your Nigerian customers can pay with their local bank cards. You can of course accept payment from international cards but I bet your primary customers will be in Nigeria.

2. No Transaction fee. Magento is not subscription based. Its completely free once installed.

3. Open source: Magento is an open source platform. It has a user community that also builds hundreds of themes and add-ons. Many of these are free while the premium add-ons come at an affordable cost.

Magento Cons:

  1. 1. High cost of hosting and server management: This is really not a problem in the early stage of your e-commerce when you have low traffic and smaller content. But as your database increase in size and your traffic increase, you must know that e-commerce websites are not really designed to run on the cheapedst $3/month shared server. E-commerce websites take lots of hosting resources and you shoould be ready to go for a VPS of at least $29/month. This will be worth it if you are selling on your website or you have found a way to convert your traffic to earnings.
  2. No personal customer support. But you have active user forums and blog posts as this. A good web hosting companies can assist you too.
  3. Little technical to set up

Shopify:

The next on our list is Shopify. Shopify has become popular and famous especially since few years ago when they increased their ad budget targeting Nigerians. They even a hosted their website on a Nigerian TLD www.shopify.com.ng. Founded in 2006 and with an annual revenue of about $800 million, we can say for sure that Shopify has been successful.

Nigerian payment gateways accepted on Shopify platform are:

BitPay
CashEnvoy-ESL
Coinbase Commerce
GoCoin
PayGate
PayPal Express Checkout
Paystack

Ghana payment gateways accepted on Shopify:

BitPay
Coinbase Commerce
GoCoin

South Africa payment gateways accepted on Shopify:

BitPay
Coinbase Commerce
GoCoin
PayFast
PayGate
Payment Express PxPay
PayPal Express Checkout
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Kenya payment gateways accepted on Shopify:

BitPay
Coinbase Commerce
GoCoin
PayGate

Shopify Pros:

1. Very Easy to set up: Shopify works almost out of the box with free themes to choose from. Also paid themes are very easy to set up, very easy to upload your contents and get exactly what you see on the demo.

2. Excellent Web hosting: Shopify hosts all your site data on their server. You get unlimited bandwith, very fast CDNand fast website.

3. 24/7 customer service support: You can chat with the Shopify team or even send them an email, just wait for their extensive reply, this might take some time but it will come.

4. Hundreds of beautiful and fast theme and add-ons

Shopify Cons.

  1. Subscription base: This is the number 1 con, guess what? Shopify takes at least 2% commission on every sale you make by card or online payment!
  2. High template cost of $160 – $180 per one. Very few  free templates.
  3. Shopify is effectively in control of your website, sorry not you.
  4. Shopify tend to accept more of bit coin payment gateways than others. Paypal Express also doesn’t work.

Woocommerce

Woocommerce is the last but not in any way the least. As a matter of fact, Woocommerce is itself built on WordPress which itself is the most popular content management script for websites in the world right now. Woocommerce, although only first released in 2011 as a WordPress plugin also may be the most popular ecommerce plugin or platform out there but we can’t really say.

Payment gateways accepted by Woocommerce in Nigeria:

Paystack WooCommerce Payment Gateway
Voguepay WooCommerce Payment Gateway
Remita Woocommerce Payment Plugin
APLUS Interswitch Nigeria WebPAY
SimplePay Official WordPress Plugin
CashEnvoy WooCommerce Payment
Rave Easy Digital Downloads Payment Gateway

Payment gateways accepted by Woocommerce in Kenya:

TheBunch KE Pesapal Gateway for Woocommerce
Rave Woocommerce Payment Gatewayay
WooCommerce Rave Payment Gateway
Jambopay WooCommerce Payment Gateway
Woocommerce Mygate

Payment gateways accepted by Woocommerce in South Africa:

WeCashUp Payment
WooCommerce PayFast Gateway
WooCommerce Rave Payment Gateway
Woocommerce Mygate
WC Peach Payments Gateway

Woocommerce Pros:

  1. Integrates with WordPress 100%
  2. Thousands of WordPress themes and Plugins to choose from
  3. Affordable themes and plugins. Many of them are completely free and open source
  4. You are in Control of your data and database
  5. Completely free to use

Woocommerce Cons:

  1. High cost of hosting and server management: This is really not a problem in the early stage of your e-commerce when you have low traffic and smaller content. But as your database increase in size and your traffic increase, you must know that e-commerce websites are not really designed to run on the cheapedst $3/month shared server. E-commerce websites take lots of hosting resources and you shoould be ready to go for a VPS of at least $29/month. This will be worth it if you are selling on your website or you have found a way to convert your traffic to earnings.
  2. Security issues
  3. Set up not as easy as other platforms except you already have knowledge of WordPress.

 

By Kaiser Egbujie / EntertainTechOpinion / 0 Comments

A Black Friday Afteroon

By Kaiser Egbujie

Edited by Onyeka Obi

Lala hopped into the living room in an unusually high speed, viciously kicking the scissors that lay in the doorway and letting out a doleful moan as he received a wide gash between the big and second toes of his right foot. Blood trailed him inside. Everyone turned from the screen to him, startled, except React. Cold sweat had broken all over him and drenched his sweat-bleached, torn shirt. A torn lip, bruised jaw and bleeding nose was all you could make of him at the moment.

His heart pounded hard inside his chest. He was in a state of malfunction: gibberish flow of words, trembling limbs, eyes all light up, darting all over the room.                                                “Jesus! Jesus!!” gasping for air and stopping mid way to catch his breath. His hands were placed on his knees for support. Gabriel and Spencer sprang in one quick ,terrifying scramble towards him. Letting the wireless game pads of the Play Station 3 video game land awkwardly on the ash rug.                                                                                                                                                                        “Jesus Christ! Na wetin be that? You nearly give person heart attack, who dey pursue you?” Spencer had asked in a frightened voice.                                                                                                      “Some mean guys are after me, they wan maim me for nothing, 5 of them with rugged weapons. Guys, I beg, I need somewhere to hide, I beg. ” The words came out of him in the same pace as his fast-beating heart. Fear was like needles poking his brain. He was covered in it. Lala quickly reached for the switch supplying life to the stereos and TV screen and killed it. Tension suddenly descended on the room.                                                                                                                                    “Guys, Spartans dey pursue me.” Lala continued, wiping the sweat off his upper lip with the back of his right hand. It felt like the room was spinning. Startled and perturbed, Spencer moved closer and nudged Lala to a safer corner of the room with his left hand; then he slowly stretched his neck towards the door, leaning on the brown door frame, and peeked outside, through a tight angle. He snatched his head backwards. Lala and Gabriel still watching with rapt attention, eyes widening, ears pricked in alert.

“Spenc, you see anything?!” Gabriel asked in a hushed tone.                                                                “Shhh!! shut up first.”
Spencer took another cautious surveillance and still no sign of life outside. The air was dead still. Then Jasper’s bark cut through it, ripping the boy’s hearts out of their chests. They held their breaths and waited.

React was still in the mini coma he had slipped into after being beaten 2:0 by Spencer in two consecutive rounds of PES. He had been watching Spencer and Gabriel play when the sleep came. Now he was sprawled carelessly on the bed, happily snoring, randomly grunting, and giving Spencer and Gabriel some good laugh with his sleep-talking habit, oblivious of the trouble that was on his door.
“You this dead man wake up joor!”,Gabriel attacked, slapping React on the side of his head.  “Yawa don gas!”
But React disregarded the distractions and continued his great nap.                                            “React! React!” Gabriel hit him harder this time, “Get up joor.” Immediately, React erupted with a burst of energy, frowning and seriously perspiring. Sleep had suddenly taken a hike. “Wetin dey happen?!” He scrubbed his right palm over his eyes to clear the haze and become better acquainted with his surroundings. “Who dey push me like that?”
“I say kasala don burst!” Gabriel cut in, then shifted to sit beside him on the bed.
“Which kind yawa?”
“Some guys dey pursue Lala.” As Gabriel walked React through the happenings, Lala realizing the door was still open, rushed towards it and slammed it shut. On his way back he stepped on a game pad lying helplessly on the recently worn ash rug. He reached to the top of the white LG fridge that stood close to the door and snatched the keys. Then he fiddles with it, trying to find the appropriate key for the lock. React slumped back into on the family-sized Vita Foam mattress in confusion, trying hard to digest all that Gabriel was saying, phobia gradually creeping up his toes. He sat up, supporting his head with both arms.
“Spartans, you say? Are you serious? How did you fall under their radar, Lala? Tell us, tell me, How?” React bemoaned.
“You know those guys don’t play nice. They are nothing but a bunch of crazy misfits, always geared up for some expensive action. You must have stepped on their tails. Because I know you are not a cultist… Suddenly realizing the twist to that question, Gabriel turned his gaze towards Lala, examining his facial expression for the slightest form of guilt. A chilly silence enveloped the room.
“Wait a minute” Spencer cut in like he had some sort of epiphany, “Are you a cultist, Lala?”     Lala cowered in a corner as though he was in a trance, his head bowed between both knees with his long arms circling around his long pair of legs, lost in a state of extreme despair.
He leaped up when Spencer screamed right into his ear.
“Answer me Lala, are-you-a-cultist?!!
Lala hesitated for a while, trying to get his head around the question, it was the last thing he expected to be asked by anyone. React, Spencer and Gabriel watched with utmost intentness. Their eyes wide, Gabriel’s mouth partly open in apprehension. Jasper’s bark still in echo around the vicinity. Gabriel moved to the door and peaked through the lock holes, his head moving from left to right trying.
“Are you a cultist, Lala?!” Spencer screamed the question the third time. Lines of veins poking out on his neck..
“I am not! No, I’m not. I’m not a cultist!” Lala yelled back between tears then slumped onto the rug. Spencer took a deep breathe and staggered backwards, somewhat relieved albeit consumed in some deep thought. “This is not good” he muttered. React sat up on the bed, walked over to where Lala sat and squatted beside him. “Why are they after you then? You never told us why.” He said in a calm tone.
Lala sat up, sniffing hard to keep his nose from running. He looked up and saw his three friends intently starring at him. The expressions on their faces earnestly begging for an explanation.        “Look, guys, like I said, I’m not in any cult group. There is this fine chick that was coming on heat for me. Her name is Niola, quite a pretty babe. But I no sabi say the babe dey already date one of them. Na she carry herself come meet me..I swear. No be me go toast am. I just dey class one afternoon like that dey read when….                                                                                                          Just then Jasper’s never-ending bark stopped abruptly. Quaking hearts and frayed nerves suddenly littering the room. You could feel the temperature rising. There was a bad feeling in the air.    “Wait, Jasper just stopped barking. We are done for.” React said.                                                    “Shh!!!” Spencer ordered.                                                                                                                          They all listened attentively for any iota of strange sound outside. React carefully tip-toed to the door and peeked through the holes. Gabriel sat motionless. Spencer quickly brought out his cell phone and scrolled through his contacts and dialed on Murphy. But Murphy’s line was out of reach. “Damn!” He cursed. Ripples of sweat broke all over his face and trailed down the sides of his neck. Spencer began pacing up and down the room, swearing and cursing on Murphy for making himself unavailable when he was badly needed.                                                                      “You shouldn’t have come here, Lala.” Gabriel cried. “You are just drilling us all into your trouble. If these no-conscience idiots should storm in on us, we are all going to find ourselves at the end of some ugly show down which I’m sure won’t go down well.”

“I am, I am.. so sorry, guys” Lala stuttered, still sitting on the floor.
“You guys are like family to me, I couldn’t think of a safer place than here with you guys. I never meant to get you mixed up in all these. I’m truly sorry.”
React couldn’t bear to see his friend helpless and whimpering like a child. His heart went out to him.
“Its OK, bro, we are here anyhow. What’s done is done. We are in this together now and  we will get out of this, together.”
“Like hell we will!” Gabriel flared up. “Look Lala, I’m sorry to say this but you have no idea what you gotten yourself into. I have seen these guys ruffle up a Black Arrow guy so badly. Black Arrow! It wasn’t a pretty sight. Sorry guys but I wouldn’t like to have my story told alongside theirs. You need to find somewhere else to hide.”                                                                                                               Disappointed, Lala, React and Spencer watched Gabriel go for the key. But Spencer got there first and seized it. He walked back up to Gabriel. “Listen Gee, we understand you are afraid, and so are we. But Lala has been one of us right from freshman year and we’ve all stood up fro each other in the past. This was not his fault,” he threw a reprimanding look at Lala, “we can’t leave him to slug it out with these guys all by himself? No my friend, that’s not happening. We work as friends and brothers here. Trust me, we will get out of this. I am positive.”
“You are positive?” Gabriel asked, his eyes searching Spencer’s for assurance.
“Yes brother, I am” Spencer assured him with a pat on the shoulder.

React piped up from where he sat, “Should we pray about this?”                                                               On the spur of the moment, they heard a loud banging on the door, like an elephant trying to break in. They all reeled backwards in fear, colliding into each other.

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