Choosing an Online Payment Processor

If you’re a company that accepts credit and debit card payments online, you must select the appropriate payment processor. A payment processor online is the one that handles the heavy lifting of transactions that includes everything from capturing the sale, to sending you a billing statement and working with your bank to make sure you get paid.

When a consumer purchases something on your website or in person at your brick and mortar store, their credit or debit card details is processed by a payment gateway or PoS terminal. The gateway secures the information to ensure its security and sends it to a payment processor who then transmits it to the card network of the customer. The card network checks with the client’s bank to determine if there is enough money in the account to purchase the product. If the bank accepts the purchase, then the card issuer transfers money from the account to the merchant’s bank. The payment processor will relay this response to the merchant’s website or PoS terminal, which will inform the client that their purchase was successful.

When selecting a processor, think about aspects like security, ease of use, and compatibility with current systems. Choose a processor that offers APIs or plugins that can seamlessly integrate with your ecommerce system or POS. You should also evaluate the checkout experience for your customers and the reporting and transaction management experience for your staff. Make sure you are familiar with the contract terms and how easy it will be to change suppliers in the future.