payment processor – Web hosting, Domain names, Dedicated servers Fri, 29 Jan 2016 11:05:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 payment processor – 32 32 Payment Processor Integration Thu, 10 Jun 2010 15:40:23 +0000 Visa Gold credit card
When using a payment processor for your website transactions, it is important to make the shopping cart and processing pages look as seamless as possible. Users should have a truly integrated experience. There are a few key configurations you can set to get better integration.

1. Callback URL – When the customer finishes the payment, you do not want their order to end at the payment page. Many payment processors will allow you to set callback URLs that will take the customer back to your website (either to a “thank you” page or an error page, if the transaction failed).

2. Headers and Footers – Some payment processors allow further integration by providing you with the ability to customize the header and footer of the payment page. When customers are entering their important credit card information, they will see your logo rather than one they do not recognize.

3. Domain integration – If you have SSL and a valid certificate, you should put it to good use. Many payment processors will allow nearly the entire transaction to take place on your site, except for the “send” function, which will forward the information to them. That way, the customer will always see your secure, trusted URL in the address bar.

With better integration, you will gain more trust from your customers and provide them with a more pleasant experience.

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Receiving Online Payments Fri, 14 May 2010 17:24:51 +0000 Money in hands
We have already discussed the importance of having SSL encryption and valid certificates if you are accepting online payments of any kind, but that is only part of the equation. Simply being willing to accept payments does not make it possible. In order for electronic checks or credit card transactions to translate into money in your pocket, you need a payment processor. Many common names like PayPal and Google Checkout are certainly options, but they are not the only options. Here are a few things to consider when selecting a payment gateway:

1. What are the conditions for payment? Do you have to reach a threshold (i.e. $100) before they will cut you a check?

2. How much does it cost? What percentage do they get? Are there hidden fees?

3. Do they offer the necessary tools to integrate their payment system into your website?

4. What do others say about them? Are they considered secure?

5. Do they accept all major credit cards? What other payment options do they offer?

There is not necessarily a right answer for any of the above questions, but you can look at your business plan and determine which answers work best for your business.

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