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Understanding Payment Gateways

Payment Gateways

We support a range of payment gateways for processing payments from your shopping cart, events bookings, or membership renewals. 

Choosing a payment gateway for your website can be a daunting task. Our software integrates with so many gateway options that it can be hard to choose one. The following is a small summary of the payment gateways that we support. The gateways can be broken up into two main types:

  1. Where the payment takes place on a third party website (offsite gateways) - This is a good option if you are just starting out in the world of online sales, as an offsite gateway is typically easier to set up. However, it may cost more per transaction than an onsite gateway. There are also some technical disadvantages to offsite as it can be hard for our software to read the status of any order if the user leaves the gateways before coming back to your website.
  2. Where the payment takes place on your website (onsite gateways) - This is a good option if you believe the volume of transactions on your website will be high. You will typically also need to set up a merchant account with your bank - and your bank will need to support your chosen gateway. Additionally, because the transaction happens on your website, you will need to purchase an SSL certificate to encrypt all information sent from your website to our servers. It can appear more professional than the third party option and is typically more expensive.

For an up-to-date list of the gateways that we support:

  1. Navigate to the “Settings” area of The Webconsole in the top menu.
  2. Select the “Payment Gateways” menu tab from within the “Billing Settings” submenu.
  3. Click on the “Add Payment Gateway” and you will see the options we currently support.

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