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 In order to accept credit card payments online, a merchant typically needs all of the following: In order to accept credit card payments online, a merchant typically needs all of the following:
  
-  * **A website.** Small websites can be static and hardcoded (like in Dreamweaver),​ or larger and/or dynamic and built on a CMS (Content Management System) like [[http://modxcms.com/|MODx]], [[http://​www.expressionengine.com/|ExpressionEngine]], [[http://​www.wordpress.org/|Wordpress]], [[http://​www.drupal.org/​|Drupal]],​ [[http://​www.joomla.org/​|Joomla]], ​or etc.+  * **A website.** Small websites can be static and hardcoded (like in Dreamweaver),​ or larger and/or dynamic and built on a CMS (Content Management System) like [[http://www.wordpress.org/|Wordpress]], [[http://​www.squarespace.com/|Squarespace]],​ [[http://​modxcms.com/​|MODx]], [[http://​www.expressionengine.com/|ExpressionEngine]],  [[http://​www.drupal.org/​|Drupal]],​ [[http://​www.joomla.org/​|Joomla]], ​[[https://​webflow.com/​|Webflow]], ​etc.
   * **An ecommerce platform.** [[http://​www.foxycart.com/​|FoxyCart]] is an obvious example. Nearly all ecommerce systems have an integrated CMS. FoxyCart is different in that regard.   * **An ecommerce platform.** [[http://​www.foxycart.com/​|FoxyCart]] is an obvious example. Nearly all ecommerce systems have an integrated CMS. FoxyCart is different in that regard.
-  * **The payment gateway.** The ecommerce system sends requests ​to the payment gateway in order to authorize transactions. The gateway responds indicating success or failure (and the corresponding error code). Most gateways have a monthly fee as well as a small (~$0.05 USD) per transaction fee. Gateways typically send transactions to your merchant account to capture once a day as a "​batch"​. +  * **The payment gateway.** The ecommerce system's checkout page receives payment information (ie. the credit card number) from the customer, and sends that info to the payment gateway in order to authorize transactions. The gateway responds indicating success or failure (and the corresponding error code). Most gateways have a monthly fee as well as a small (~$0.05 USD) per transaction fee. Gateways typically send transactions to your merchant account to capture once a day as a "​batch"​. Common gateways are Authorize.net,​ Stripe, Braintree, and Chase Paymentech
-  * **The merchant account.** The merchant account actually collects ("​captures"​) the money from the transactions that the gateway processes. This is where you get docked the 2-4% transaction fee for processing credit cards, as well as fees for the transaction and occasionally other fees. Once a day your merchant account deposits all its money into your bank account in a "​batch"​. Depending on your merchant account provider, your fees may be taken out when payment is batched (daily), or the fees may be taken out all at once, once a month.+  * **The merchant account.** The merchant account actually collects ("​captures"​) the money from the transactions that the gateway processes. This is where you get docked the 2-4% transaction fee for processing credit cards, as well as fees for the transaction and occasionally other fees. Once a day your merchant account deposits all its money into your bank account in a "​batch"​. Depending on your merchant account provider, your fees may be taken out when payment is batched (daily), or the fees may be taken out all at once, once a month. ​(Some gateways are provided by the merchant account provider, like SecureNet, Stripe, Braintree, PayPal Payments Pro, etc.)
   * **The bank account.** This is where you finally see your money.   * **The bank account.** This is where you finally see your money.
   * **Accounting,​ inventory, marketing, and etc.** There are countless systems to help you manage your business. Most don't actually involve themselves in the actual transaction process, so they don't matter to this discussion.   * **Accounting,​ inventory, marketing, and etc.** There are countless systems to help you manage your business. Most don't actually involve themselves in the actual transaction process, so they don't matter to this discussion.
  
-For what it's worth, we at FoxyCart generally recommend ​[[http://​www.total-apps.com/user_ref645/spages/applynow645.htm|Total-Apps]] or [[http://​wiki.foxycart.com/​docs:paymentgateways:​quantumgateway|CDG Commerce]] for most merchants in the US. [[http://wiki.foxycart.com/​docs:​paymentgateways:​paypal_website_payments_pro_us|PayPal'​s Website Payments Pro]] is also a decent option and supports a few other countries (Canada and the UK, specifically),​ though the monthly fees are higher. +For what it's worth, ​for merchants based in the US we have worked with a trusted partner to develop two merchant + gateway options. See [[http://​www.foxycart.com/features/feature/payment-methods/​payment-gateways|our website]] for more details. For a full list of our supported gateways, see [[:gateways:|our gateways page]], or [[http://www.foxycart.com/​contact|contact us]] for if you have any questions.
 ===== Other Gateway + Merchant Account Systems ===== ===== Other Gateway + Merchant Account Systems =====
  
 In some systems you can get two or three of the above functionalities combined. We'll focus on services that combine the payment elements first: In some systems you can get two or three of the above functionalities combined. We'll focus on services that combine the payment elements first:
  
-  * [[http://​www.paypal.com/​|PayPal ​Website ​Payments Pro]] rolls together the gateway and merchant account quite effectively,​ and could also be considered a "bank account"​ (though it is important to note that it is not necessarily regulated like a bank account). In addition, PayPal offers some basic cart and checkout functionality,​ which makes it somewhat of an "​ecommerce platform"​. +  * [[http://​www.paypal.com/​|PayPal Payments Pro]] rolls together the gateway and merchant account quite effectively,​ and could also be considered a "bank account"​ (though it is important to note that it is not necessarily regulated like a bank account). In addition, PayPal offers some basic cart and checkout functionality,​ which makes it somewhat of an "​ecommerce platform"​. 
-  * [[http://​checkout.google.com/​|Google Checkout]] and [[http://​2co.com/​|2Checkout]] offer limited cart, gateway, and merchant account functionality as well. (Please note that neither GCo nor 2Co are currently supported by FoxyCart.)+  * [[http://​2co.com/​|2Checkout]] offer limited cart, gateway, and merchant account functionality as well.
  
 ===== Ecommerce Platform + Merchant Accounts or Gateways ===== ===== Ecommerce Platform + Merchant Accounts or Gateways =====
  
-Worth noting is that there are many ecommerce platforms that offer their own merchant account and gateway services. In the //vast// majority of cases these providers are simply [[http://​en.wikipedia.org/​wiki/​White_label_product|white-labeling]] another company'​s services. There'​s nothing wrong with this, but you're unlikely to get any sort of competitive pricing with this situation.+Worth noting is that there are many ecommerce platforms that offer their own merchant account and gateway services. In the //vast// majority of cases these providers are simply [[wp>White_label_product|white-labeling]] another company'​s services. There'​s nothing wrong with this, but you're unlikely to get any sort of competitive pricing with this situation.
  
 ===== Authorizing and Capturing Funds with Credit/​Debit Cards ===== ===== Authorizing and Capturing Funds with Credit/​Debit Cards =====

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