paypal – Web hosting, Domain names, Dedicated servers Fri, 29 Jan 2016 11:05:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 paypal – 32 32 Accepting PayPal Payments Thu, 20 May 2010 20:05:59 +0000 PayPal screenshot
Having your own ecommerce website can be very exciting. The first time you make a sale is a memorable moment for any business. With any such site, you need to offer as many payment methods as possible. One popular payment method that is used by both users and businesses alike, is PayPal.

PayPal is not entirely a payment processor and is not classified as a bank. Nevertheless, it is a quick and easy way to receive payments that you can then transfer to your bank account or make purchases directly from the account. Because it may require some extra steps for payment verification, some users will prefer to use a regular credit card method, so make sure you accept other methods besides PayPal.

On their website, PayPal provides helpful tools to create shopping carts and payment links. It also provides you with data to track the payments and other transactions. Keep in mind that PayPal will take a percentage of each payment, so setup your prices accordingly. PayPal has its positives and negatives, but regardless of the various opinions on it, one cannot deny that many users like making online purchases with it. For that reason, it is worth the time to set it up on your website.

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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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Managing Reseller Payments Mon, 03 May 2010 18:39:06 +0000 Roll of money
One common mistake that web hosting resellers make is jumping into the hosting business without any solid plan for customer management. In an ideal world, customers always pay on time and upgrades always go according to plan. The fact is, however, both you and your customers will make mistakes. The important thing to do is to have systems in place to remedy any problematic situations.

There are many customer management tools on the market, but not all of them are catered to web hosting. In particular, the best way to make sure payments are received on time is to have some type of recurring billing setup. Hosting is usually relatively inexpensive, and most customers will not mind having a small amount deducted from their credit cards or PayPal accounts each month.

The other important aspect of customer management is communication. Keep in regular contact with your customers. Many conflicts that happen when dealing with people online are the result of misunderstandings. With email, social media tools such as Twitter and Facebook, and your website’s blog, you can stay in contact with your customers without being overly invasive. Welcome to the world of web hosting, and good luck.

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