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Lesson 2 Payment methods
ObjectiveConsider the methods used and requirements for processing payments online.

Payment methods (Processing Online)

The goal of an e-commerce site should be to use software that processes all orders independently. To do this, you will need an automated method that processes the payments with a minimum of human intervention. Below are the terms you will use as you create an online transaction solution.

E-commerce Transaction Terminology

All e-commerce transaction models, from standard online transaction software to SET, assume knowledge of the following terms:
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The payment gateway is the interface between the e-commerce site and the bank.
Dedicated Payment Gateways

Dedicated Payment Gateways


To implement online transactions you must:
  1. Configure modern e-commerce site software
  2. Establish an online merchant account
  3. Configure a payment gateway

Preparing your e-commerce servers

Prepare your Web server for automatic payments by configuring your Web pages to work with all site components. For example, your Web pages must be capable of handling requests and integrating with the payment gateway for each transaction. Databases will need to be set up for real-time inventory tracking.

Set up an online merchant account

You will need an online merchant account to process the payment transaction online. Online merchant accounts typically include both a merchant ID (MID) and a terminal ID (TID).

Configure Payment gateway

Most site development software includes a payment gateway. For a partial list of payment gateway software vendors:
  1. Paypal
  2. Apple Pay
  3. Google Play
The next lesson discusses payment methods and credit card processing issues.

Payment Methods - Quiz

Click the Quiz link to take a multiple-choice quiz on payment methods.
Payment Methods - Quiz