"How exactly does Ecommerce work"?

Written by Lisa Schmeckpeper

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Problems can arise when you bring a shopping cart AND real-time processing intorepparttar picture. A shopping cart alone won't cause problems butrepparttar 109056 cart you choose to use must be compatible with your web host. Some carts are designed to run on certain types of servers, so when choosing one be cautious to make absolutely sure you can use it with your current host. Otherwise you had better be prepared to find a new one.

If you want a shopping cart AND real-time processingrepparttar 109057 three (cart, processing, and host) must work together well. Your shopping cart must be compatible with your host andrepparttar 109058 cart must be compatible with your payment processor. With allrepparttar 109059 different shopping carts, hosts and payment facilities out there, putting togetherrepparttar 109060 right team can be a real challenge. This is especially true forrepparttar 109061 newbie who doesn't understand how it all works and how it all has to work together, or understands imperfectly but thinks he or she has it all under control whenrepparttar 109062 decisions are finally made.

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The easiest way to find a compatible solution is to choose a provider who offers all you need under one roof. This is what I have done by partnering with Virtualis Systems. I am able to offer a great hosting solution along with a compatible shopping cart that works with almost any real time processor. I have even taken this a step further by partnering with a rock-solid merchant account provider, E-Commerce Exchange. Now I don't want to force MY "solution of choice" on you in this article so I have set up an autoresponder with details onrepparttar 109063 Ecommerce solution I recommend to all my clients. Please email our autoresponder at ecommerce@lrsmarketing.com for details.

Your Website Designer:

Asking your website designer to recommend a compatible solution is also a good idea. Most likely, he or she has successfully set up shopping carts and payment systems that have worked together for other clients and with that experience can confidently recommend one that will be right for your specific needs. There is alsorepparttar 109064 added benefit that your designer is comfortable and familiar withrepparttar 109065 cart and payment processing configuration. This will result in less time spent setting up your site, thus saving you money in design costs.

Who to Choose?

Choosingrepparttar 109066 right person for this task is perhapsrepparttar 109067 most important decision you can make (in Ecommerce, that is. Choosing a dentist, a pet, and which TV show to watch also rank high in importance). Nobody is an expert in all areas of Ecommerce because there are so many variables, depending on which configurations of hosts, carts, and merchants you choose. Find someone with whom you can talk to and who will listen to YOUR needs with understanding. A web designer who has created sites selling one product through mail order is NOTrepparttar 109068 best person to go to for Ecommerce advice. Just like a web designer trying to create a site that will sell and not just look good, with no marketing experience, a designer who doesn't know Ecommerce is going to be hard-pressed to juggle allrepparttar 109069 components that must fit together seamlessly and attractively to construct a truly effective Ecommerce site.

The Most Common Mistakes?

I've had clients come to me who have been provided a shopping cart by their web host but who then have purchased another cart, not realizing they already have one. They've set themselves up with real time processing and then purchased a terminal even though they will never swipe one card. They've had SSL enabled on their web host server even though it's provided at their payment gateway. I have been onrepparttar 109070 sympathetic end of many, many more sad tales from earnest folks who have told me their own personal accounts of throwing hard-earned money away on these kinds of mistakes.

Why? Cutting through allrepparttar 109071 technical jargon, it's all because they simply didn't understand how each component can, should, and must work in conjunction with one another.

Ecommerce can appear simple (well, almost) once you understand how allrepparttar 109072 components work together. A merchant account allows you to accept credit cards, your web host shows your website torepparttar 109073 world, your shopping cart helps your customers order easily and real-time processing processesrepparttar 109074 orders in real-time and approved transactions are credited to your merchant account. All are independent components but they all function together to make Ecommerce work. Find a designer or webmaster who can bring all these elements together on your site & watch Ecommerce work for you.

Lisa Schmeckpeper of LRS Marketing and published in their free newsletter, Website Success Monthly. To receive a free copy of this informative e-zine just send email to subscribe@websitesuccessmonthly.com or visit their website at www.lrsmarketing.com. Copyright 2000 [LRS Marketing].

How to Accept Online Payments Without a Merchant Account

Written by Merle

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3) ClickBank: This isrepparttar e-commerce choice for thousands of business websites. ClickBank can also be used to set up your own Associate program, where you allow others to resell your services or products for a small commision. While this service is not available to process payments for tangible goods, it isrepparttar 109055 perfect solution for real-time sales of your services or digital products. ClickBank allows you to accept Visa, MC, Amex, and Discover. They charge a one time activation fee of 49.95 and $1.00 plus 7.5% fee on each sale. http://www.clickbank.com/

4) DigiBuy: This one is ideal for those selling software or information. DigiBuy allows you to accept Visa, MC, Amex, and Discover. Set-up is quick and easy. You have complete control of pricing, order forms, and delivery options. Their fee is 13.9% of each sale. http://www.digibuy.com

5)Online Billing Solutions (OBS): Allows you to take all major credit cards. After review of their site I could not find if you can sell tangible or intangibles, so I'm assuming you can do both. There are no set-up or monthly fees, but they do take a 15% cut of your sales. It is simple to set up; you place a line of HTML code on your site, linking into their secured server. Transactions can range in price from $3.00 to $100.00 and money is paid to you twice a month. http://www.online-billing.com

6) CC Now: Used for selling tangible merchandise, CC Now is a full service electronic commerce solution. Their integrated shopping cart software encourages customers to purchase multiple items at once. It is free to sign up, and they charge no monthly fees, however they do collect a 9% commision on each sale. Pay-outs are twice a month. CC Now allows you to take all major credit cards and notifies you by e-mail of any sales, so you can shiprepparttar 109056 product. http://www.ccnow.com/

If you're looking for an easy way to start selling online without putting up a lot of cash, this really isrepparttar 109057 best way to get your feet wet and see if web selling will work for you. If it does, you can always apply for a merchant account downrepparttar 109058 road and save onrepparttar 109059 transaction fees.

The ability to sell your products/services online is not difficult or expensive, you just need to know where to look for help.

Merle's Cyber Promotions (MC) http://www.mcpromotions.com Creating Visibility Online for Small Business... because just having a site isn't enough. Visit the site to receive FREE e-books packed with marketing & promotional tips that will help your site get traffic. Also subscribe to MC Promotions Press Newsletter to subscribe mailto:subscribe@mcpromotions.com

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