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Accepting Credit Cards Online

Apr 27, 2008
Any internet business that wants to be taken seriously will need to accept credit cards online; currently all websites that run a shopping cart must provide this service. You can't run an online business by taking checks or money orders; lost custom is practically assured.

Companies selling products online that take only money orders or checks won't survive; lost business and long term custom will be the result. Technology has improved and means shopping online is easier these days so there is no need for delays; providing this service will see customers return.

Perhaps we have become impatient, but whatever the reason, customers to any website that offers goods or services, demand an instant payment facility. Any professional company that has an e-commerce website will make sure that every type of payment system is in place including the ability to accept credit cards online; they know that their customers are looking for fast service when they are shopping on their site. Whether your website is new or older, getting it set up to be able to accept online credit card payments is a must.

Although there are a variety of ways to accept credit cards online, not all of them will be a viable proposition; which systems are used will ultimately be based on cost. So the main thing is just to go with what ever one suits your needs and budget.

Paypal - The New Kid On The Block

Most online payment systems are similar to those you will find in any retail store or restaurant; alternatively you can use Paypal to accept online transactions. Paypal has become increasingly common in the last few years owing to the popularity of ebay. Ebay started the service to help people buy products from them.

All that is needed is a Paypal account to be created which is simple to use; once you have an account with them, payments are very quick. Security is a serious issue with internet buyers these days especially with online payments; by ensuring your site is secure, your sales will increase and less potential customers will leave.

All transactions from your site must be encrypted if you want to guarantee your customers' information is not available to others. You can see an https:// beginning to any web address that has a secure setting.

If you want to accept credit cards online you have to have this facility or your customers will most definitely think twice before they put their information in your ordering system. Your website only has one opportunity to impress and if a potential customer does not feel that their personal information is safe on your site, they will not place an order.
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