Choosing an Online Payment Processor

It is essential to choose the right payment processor when you own a business that takes debit and credit cards online. Online payment processors handle all the difficult tasks, from capturing sales to sending you a bill statement and working with your banks to ensure that you get paid.

If a customer purchases something from your website or in person at your brick-and-mortar store the credit or debit card details passes through a gateway for payments or PoS terminal. The gateway encrypts the data to protect it and then passes it to the payment processor, which in turn, transmits it to customer’s card network. The card network checks with the client’s bank to determine if there’s enough money in the account to cover the product. If the bank approves of the purchase then the card issuer transfers 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 customer of their successful payment.

When selecting a processor, think about security, ease of use, and compatibility with other systems. Select a processor that has APIs and plugins to seamlessly integrate with your e-commerce platform or POS system. You should also look at the checkout experience of your customers and your team’s reporting and transaction management experience. Last but not least, make sure you are aware of the contract and how it is easy to switch providers in the future.

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