A Payment Gateway is a secure service provided by a third-party company that authorizes credit card or direct payments. In order to process payments directly through your site, whether through the Online Store or the Administration Console, at least one Payment Gateway must be activated. Once you have activated a Payment Gateway, you can define which Payment Methods to make available on your site, and which Gateway each of them will use.
You do not have to configure a Payment Gateway if you only plan to use offline Payment Methods, such as cheques, money orders or COD. Instead, those Payment Methods should be configured to use the special "Offline" Gateway. Skip to the section on Selecting Payment Methods for more information.
The first step to enabling online payments on your site is to establish a merchant account with one or more of the supported providers:
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We suggest carefully reviewing each provider to decide which one is best for your store. Each will have their own policies, fees and supported Payment Methods. Once you have decided on a Payment Gateway and established an account, the next step is to configure the Gateway in the Store Settings area.
It is possible to have more than one Payment Gateway active at the same time.
Once you have setup an account with one of the supported providers you can activate that Payment Gateway on your site. To access the Payment Gateways, from the Administration Console, click on "Settings" then on "Payment Methods". The section labeled "Part 1" allows you to configure the various Payment Gateways:
Click "Modify" next to the appropriate Gateway to activate it, then add your account information (merchant ID, user ID, password, etc.) and change the name if appropriate. The information required will be different, depending on which provider you are using and the Payment Methods that you plan to support:
Click "Save" after activating the Payment Gateway and adding your account information.
To access the Payment Methods, from the Administration Console, click on "Settings" then on "Payment Methods". The section labeled "Part 2" allows you to select the various Payment Methods that will be available on your site: