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Payment Gateway: Sofort Banking

Posted: January 16, 2014 at 3:17 pm

Edgar Hutte

January 16, 2014 at 3:17 pm

Hello, I’ve seen that you offer several payment gateways. Will Sofort Banking soon be offered? This is Germany’s leading payment option and it works in 10 other European countries with super low fees of 0,9%. Comparable to other systems this is superior… I don’t only want to offer PayPal and credit card on my website.


January 17, 2014 at 1:40 am

Hi Edgar,

We have no plans to introduce any new gateways at this time, unless it is sponsored development (see here )

ao vivo

January 22, 2014 at 8:39 pm

i second that with sofort payment. sad to hear thats not in the list. that one would make the difference.


January 23, 2014 at 1:53 am

I do understand, but there are hundreds, probably thousands of different gateways across the world and we do have finite resources to build and importantly maintain these gateways. If there is an overwhelming support for a gateway we will certainly consider adding it in, but for smaller or less popular gateways, we would require sponsorship to help cover the costs of creation and maintenance.

I’ve added a +2 to our feature request list for the gateway.

Edgar Hutte

January 23, 2014 at 2:21 am

Sofort Banking is the #1 online payment provider in Germany and Austria. I am absolutely confident that it will conquer Europe very soon because:

a) It is by far the cheapest (0,9% instead of 2,5% or much more for others, including PayPal with 3,4% and 0,35 per transaction)

b) It works for virtually all major banks in already 10 European countries. The system has a generic page, i.e. it looks the same for everyone, but the way it works differs per bank. If I want to pay with “Bancontact” in Belgium, it works basically the same as Sofort Banking.

c) It is very quickly becoming an established name. My customers have used it on my site a lot.

Not having Sofort Banking is for me a deal-breaker to work with Event Espresso. I am not going to pay for the development costs of other clients. I think the problem is that so many people are still focusing on those “package” payment gateways, where you can pay with PayPal, credit cards, local payment methods etc. These are super expensive (in terms of start-up costs, monthly fees, transaction fees and transfer fees) compared to offering individual payment methods, such as PayPal and Sofort Banking. I would just strongly suggest to check them out because this is going to be the winner on a European level!

ao vivo

January 23, 2014 at 2:43 am

i agree at all points. its cheap, no registration required, almost any customer doing online business can use this gateway. i too, like the slick design and handy features of event espresso, but the gateway is way to important to switch. i am thinking about using a payment solution via woocommerce, since there is a sofort gateway already available…


January 23, 2014 at 3:11 am

Thank you both for you points, I will certainly raise this up for discussion internally!

Lorenzo Orlando Caum

  • Support Staff

February 12, 2016 at 4:37 am


SOFORT Banking is supported under Mollie which is available as a payment gateway for Event Espresso 4:

Would that work for your project?


Edgar Hutte

February 13, 2016 at 1:37 pm

This is actually a very old thread. In the mean time I work with The Events Calendar that does its checkout through WooCommerce. Sofort Banking is one of the payment possibilities and chosen by many people as their preferred way of payment. Through Mollie it is expensive again, but directly with SB is much cheaper.

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