BTCPay Server has come a long way since Nicolas Dorier first decided to create a software project with the aim of taking down payment processor BitPay in response to their actions during the Blocksize Wars of 2017. It has since flourished to become one of, if not the thethe most widely used self-hosted payment processing stack for Bitcoin users.
It’s not just small store operators and merchants who use it anymore, as big companies like to do Namecheap (a domain registrar) and CheapAir (a flight booking company) have switched to using self-hosted BTCPay instances instead of centralized payment processors.
The software suite is set up to support easy integration into almost every major commerce stack: WooCommerce, Shopify, and WordPress, as well as their Greenfield API for custom integration. Internally, it supports easy wallet management, integration of on-chain hot wallet and cold wallet is easy, Lightning support requires the user to source their own receiving liquidity but the rest of the process to spin up the node is well supported and simple, the pool even supports Payjoin and Wabisabi coins. It has already built itself into a complete package that supports almost every way of using Bitcoin that a trader might desire.
This is no longer the case. Both Ant (of TimechainStats fame) and TC (creator of Timechain Calendar) implemented the BTCPay Pay Button natively in React. Working to integrate BTCPay into their applications, both written in React, they both faced challenges and faced many options to refactor the front-end code provided by BTCPay and make it work “the React way.” So they built the tool to make it easier for others.
The React BTCPay Pay button is a complete re-implementation of the standard payment button functionality for React apps. It provides the button as a single component that can be easily integrated into any React application, and provides full customization within that component without having to reconfigure or change settings on the BTCPay server side. Simply drop the button and connect it to the server, and everything from that point on can be reconfigured or modified from the application side of the connection.
The ant was saying this:
“TC and I wanted to create a simple way for other React developers to seamlessly use the awesome BTCPay Pay Button functionality within their own React apps, a move inspired by our initial attempts to integrate BTCPay into our React projects Timechain Calendar and TimechainStats. Now, with just two props — store ID and domain — Any React app can fully integrate the BTCPay Pay Button, a native app that aims to fill a small but impactful gap for React developers.
Think of it as a bridge: on the one hand, you have the powerful and highly customizable BTCPay server payment button; On the other hand, you have React developers who need a native solution that is easy to integrate.
Our component allows a high level of customization that was designed with the “React way” in mind. “It is a specialized tool, ideal for donations or gifts, that simplifies the integration process while providing the freedom to modify user interface elements as needed.”
Before the release of React BTCPay Server Pay Button, integration into one of the world’s largest web application frameworks required a complete custom implementation from the application developer in order to integrate BTCPay functionality into a React application. Now it’s as simple and easy as a vanilla BTCPay payment button being integrated into your HTML or PHP projects.
There is even word on the street that Nicolas Durier is planning to officially integrate this into the BTCPay group itself. Although in the grand scheme of things this is a small re-implementation project of existing work, it will make integrating BTCPay into future developers’ React projects much easier and less time consuming than it was for Ant and TC to build this from scratch for their own projects. This is the exact kind of open source attitudes and procedures that led to the construction of many of the tools and software suites used in this ecosystem today.
Learn more about Respond to the payment button of the BTCPay server By visiting the GitHub repository.
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