As we announced in What’s Done and What’s Next in LiveChat for Developers some time ago, we planned to introduce paid apps to the LiveChat Marketplace. After weeks of hard work we’re super thrilled to announce that we have just made it happen: the LiveChat Billing API is here and you can monetize your LiveChat apps.
What is there for you?
With the LiveChat Billing API, you can sell your apps to over 22,000 LiveChat customers. Currently, we only support one-time payments, but we are going to introduce the subscription model as well in the near future.
The transaction process is smooth and easy. The customers don’t have to leave the LiveChat dashboard to make a purchase and they can use their existing credit card number:
“Buy with LiveChat” screen: no need to re-enter the credit card detailsMoreover, the LiveChat Billing API handles credit card processing for you so the customers can buy your app literally within a couple of clicks.
“Add new card” screen
How to start?
To get started with paid apps, head to the Developer Console and create a new application. Then you will need to choose relevant scopes (that is, the actions that the app will be authorized to perform). For example:
- If you want to collect one-time payments, select “offer in-app payments”.
- If you want to use Ledger for managing the finances and payment history, choose “read developer’s financial activity and balance”.
Head to the Billing API docs for more details.
See it in action
We have prepared sample apps to show the structure of a paid application. Check them out at GitHub:
The Billing API is still in growing: currently we’re working on the subscriptions model and invoices management. Stay tuned!