Which BlueSnap solution do I need?

BlueSnap offers several flexible solutions to help you build the checkout experience that is right for your business.

Here are some questions that can help you determine which solution you need.

Do you:

You can also learn more about:

Finding the right solution

Do you already have a web or mobile app that collects billing info and just need BlueSnap for processing?

If so, the Payment API is probably your best option. You can easily send the shopper's payment information to us using the API and we'll process the payment for you.

Do you want to get rolling without coding?

In that case, you'll want to use one of our out-of-the-box BuyNow Hosted solutions:

Do you want extensive customization and control over every aspect of the payment flow?

Use one of our APIs to build your own custom checkout experience from start to finish, with any branding, unique checkout flows, or other customizations that you need. Simply collect the relevant information from the shopper and then send it to our API for processing. We offer two API solutions:

  • If you only need payment processing, our Payment API is the preferred option.
  • If you need a product catalog solution in addition to payment processing, then our Extended Payment API is designed for you.

Do you sell globally?

Our BuyNow Hosted Payment Page and BuyNow Hosted Checkout solutions both have built-in support for 29 languages, with dynamic localization for local currencies, languages, and payment types. If you want to sell globally with minimal coding effort, these are both great options. Refer to Which BlueSnap Hosted Solution do I need? to choose which Hosted Solution is right for you. If you would like to add the global benefits of a Hosted Solution to your BlueSnap API configuration, then check out the Hybrid Solution for how you can do this.

Do you need a solution for your product catalog in addition to processing payments?

If so, you'll want to use our BuyNow Hosted Checkout or our Extended Payment API. With either of these, you host your product catalog on BlueSnap and benefit from built-in support for e-commerce tools like coupons, trial offers, and subscriptions.

Do you want the customization of an API and the global-reach of a Hosted Solution?

If you want as much control as possible over your checkout flow and would like to offer additional payment methods that expand your global-reach and provide an alternative to credit cards, such as Alipay, Boleto Bancário, Skrill, and more, then the Hybrid Solution is the way to go. The Hybrid Solution enables you to combine the Hosted Payment Page and the Payment API, or combine the Hosted Checkout Page and the Extended Payment API to take advantage of the benefits of both.

Do you need to take orders that come in over the phone?

BlueSnap’s Virtual Terminal is a web-based application that enables you to process payments received via phone, fax and mail in a PCI-level-1 secure environment. There is no hardware or software to install.

Mobile capabilities

Learn about the capabilities that BlueSnap offers for optimal mobile device checkout.
As we all know, mobile usage is on the rise. It is crucial that you optimize to ensure that the shopper enjoys an easy mobile checkout experience, while you benefit from increased sales across devices.

To help you achieve frictionless checkout with maximized conversions on mobile, BlueSnap offers Mobile-friendly checkout pages out-of-the-box and Mobile-ready API.

Mobile-friendly checkout pages out-of-the-box

Your checkout experience must be accessible and optimized for shoppers on mobile devices. We make that easy to accomplish by providing mobile-friendly BuyNow hosted checkout pages right out-of-the-box, which you can customize like any other type of checkout page.

On the mobile checkout page, the cart information is collapsed so the amount of data needed is reduced and there is a clear focus on completing the transaction. For shoppers who have already purchased, you can enable one-click checkout that allows them to simply confirm the payment information already on file.

BlueSnap automatically detects the shopper's device and displays the mobile-friendly checkout page to shoppers using a mobile device. We take the hard work out mobile optimization!

To learn more about setting up a custom skin for mobile checkout, refer to Customize your checkout page skins.

Mobile-ready API

BlueSnap's Payment API, including Hosted Payment Fields, is designed to seamlessly work with apps on a mobile device.

In addition, we offer Client-Side Encryption capabilities for Android and iOS, so you can reduce your PCI compliance scope by encrypting sensitive payment fields on the checkout page on the shopper's device before it is sent to your server.

To learn more about our mobile solutions using our APIs, visit the Developer Hub.

PCI compliance and SAQ level for each BlueSnap solution

Based on the BlueSnap solution(s) you select, the table below will identify the SAQ you need to complete in order to meet PCI compliance requirements.

BlueSnap Solution
SAQ Level

BuyNow Hosted Solutions


API Solutions implemented with Hosted Payment Fields


API Solutions implemented with Client-Side Encryption


Virtual Terminal