Ecommerce Websites & Accepting Online Payments
ECommerce, or electronic commerce, refers to enabling customers to make purchases online, usually through a website.
For service professionals, this can mean providing a payment button for services and for companies and organizations that sell products, this usually means the use of specific payment buttons for products, or a more complex shopping cart and checkout system
Flavors of Ecommerce Website Solutions
Simple Payment Buttons If you are selling a few or a few dozen specific products or services, you can setup ecommerce very affordably using encoded payment buttons from providers like 2checkout, PayPal, Google Wallet or Authorize.net. This provides for a much simpler system that is managed using your payment gateway, like the examples above, and can often remove the need for managing a separate merchant account. Services like Paypal and Google Checkout charge low or no monthly fee to have an account and you can create simple online payment buttons for your website and let customers pay securely online. The tradeoff for this is you will pay a higher transaction rate than you would using a payment gateway like authorize.net, but this option is significant savings for many small businesses. Read more about simple online payment buttons.