Small Business: What Payment Processors, Shopping Carts?
What type of shopping cart / payment processor a business should implement? The answer is not quite so simple and in this article, and I’ve outlines the processes and bitcoin payment processor technologies that go together to deliver a payment and affiliate solution and offer some choices.
A payment processor is ‘the thing’ that sits between your website (typically a shopping cart) and your banks internet gateway into your account. It’s the bit that does the ‘heavy lifiting’ for credit card processing.
Payment processors include, but aren’t limited to: Authorize.net, 2CO, Securepay, EWay and PayPal.
PayPal does fall into this group, although it works a bit differently to the others.
Most of these processors offer an interface that we can code directly to and hook websites up to. This will eliminate the need for a shopping cart but, in my opinion, you are seriously better off considering a shopping cart to make your life easier.
This is the piece of software that controls your products, how much you charge for them, the description of the products, any sales discounts, postage / freight, coupon codes etc.
There are lots of shopping carts around, some are good, some are mediocre and others are just awful to use. Not all shopping carts support all payment processors nor do they interface with all software that will run on your site. Point in case, the integration with Wishlist Member between Shopping Carts can be limited.
Typically, there are two styles of shopping cart – hosted and self hosted.