Choosing an Online Payment Processor

You should choose the right payment processor if you run a business accepting debit and credit cards online. A payment processor online is responsible for the transactional burden from capturing a sale to sending you a billing statement and working with your bank to ensure that you’re paid.

When a customer buys products on your website or in person at your brick-and mortar store their credit or debit card information is processed by a payment gateway or PoS terminal. The gateway encodes data to ensure its security. It transmits it to the processor that then transfers it to the card network of the customer. The card network then examines the bank account of the customer to determine if they have enough money to purchase the item. If the bank agrees to the purchase then the card issuer will transfer funds from the account to the merchant’s bank. The payment processor will relay this information to the merchant’s site or PoS terminal. This will inform the client of the successful payment.

When choosing a processor, be sure to consider security, ease of use, and compatibility with the existing systems. Select a processor that offers APIs and plugins to seamlessly integrate with your ecommerce platform or the POS system. You should also evaluate the checkout experience of your customers and your team’s reporting and management experience. Finally, make sure you understand the contract terms and how easy it is to switch suppliers in the future.