A payment gateway is an e-commerce application service provider service that authorizes payments for e-businesses, online retailers. Payment gateways protect credit card details by encrypting sensitive information, such as credit card numbers, to ensure that information is passed securely between the customer and the merchant and also between merchant and the payment processor. Visit Wikipedia for a more detailed descriptin of Payment gateways.
PayPal is a simple, low-cost, way to accept payments through your web site.
‘Buy now buttons’, or a PayPal Shopping Cart can be integrated with your web site relatively easily.
When you use PayPal's Shopping Cart on your web site, your customers can purchase multiple items with a single payment.
It is supposed to be possible for customers to pay using their credit card but this option is often not made clear or Paypal insists they sign up of a PayPal account. More and more people these days already have PayPal accounts, but some people will not purchase using this option.
‘Buy now buttons’, can be integrated with your web site relatively easily but do not have their own shopping cart. Your web designer should be able to offer a shopping cart solution.
Nochex allows your clients to py using their credit or debit cards.
Shopping carts with hosting
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Using other web sites
There are many specialists sites around providing a shop front for your products.
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