Payment Gateways

Choosing a Payment Gateway

Your merchant account provider will usually provide a payment gateway for you as part of your merchant account.  But many merchant account providers will allow you to switch to a different payment gateway if you have special needs, or if you would just prefer a different one.  Here are a few recommendations to keep in…

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The Difference Between a Virtual Terminal and a Payment Gateway

The payment processing system behind a virtual terminal and a payment gateway both permit merchants to accept credit cards over the Internet.  In both cases, the customer card information is passed from either the virtual terminal or the payment gateway in an encrypted format through a complicated network to ultimately reach the customer’s issuing bank…

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Merchant Accounts vs Payment Gateways

When customers make a purchase online, it’s still a lot like buying something in a physical store in some ways. Your customer selects your item, puts it in their shopping cart, goes to the cashier, makes their payment, and receives their item. The main difference with virtual shopping is, of course, that they don’t need…

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Merchant Account vs Payment Gateway Explained

If you are confused by all the terms bandied about around accepting credit card payments you are not alone. Many small business owners feel intimidated by all the names and technical terms used in the card payment industry and are not sure if they can keep pace with it all. That is why choosing a…

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How does a Payment Gateway Work?

Understanding the logistics of online payments is beneficial if you are looking for credit card processing providers. The terminology used to explain online payment processing can appear baffling, but it really is a straightforward concept. What is a payment gateway? A payment gateway connects a business’s website on the Internet to the banking network.  This…

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Accept Credit and Debit Cards Online

Accepting card payments online can be a great boon for your business, especially if you operate in e-commerce. In fact, without debit and credit card payments, it’s exceedingly hard and inefficient to run an online business. However, some business owners are weary of the entire process, because it may seem complex or obscure. In this…

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Which is the Best Payment Gateway for Me?

A payment gateway is used to validate the credit card details of a customer in a secure manner. It is considered the equivalent of a point of sale terminal in a brick and mortar store, except that it’s for online transactions. The gateway will pass the customer’s financial information from the Internet to the banking…

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How to Collect Payments Online with a Payment Gateway

A payment gateway is used to validate the credit card details of a customer in a secure manner. It is often considered the equivalent of a point of sale terminal in a brick and mortar store. The gateway will pass the customer’s financial information to the merchant’s bank. It will then confirm that the charge…

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Payment Gateways vs. Merchant Accounts

When customers buy something from your physical store, they swipe their card through an electronic card reader. It might be attached to the cash register, or it might be a portable unit that your server, delivery person, or shop assistant brings to you. On the other hand, when they’re buying something on your website, they…

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