It is essential to choose the right payment processor when you have a business that accepts credit and debit cards online. Payment processors online do all the work, from capturing sales to sending you a statement of your bill and working with your banks to make sure you get paid.

Payment gateways or PoS terminals are used when a client purchases something on your website or in-store. The gateway is able to encrypt the data to ensure its security and then sends it on to the payment processor which then transmits it to the card network of the customer. The card network then examines the bank account of the customer to determine if they’ve enough money to pay for the item. If the bank accepts the purchase and the card issuer accepts it, they will transfer funds from their account to the merchant’s bank. The payment processor will transmit this information back to the merchant’s site or PoS terminal that will notify the client that their purchase was successful.

When choosing a processor take into consideration security and user-friendliness, and compatibility with existing systems. Look for a processor that includes APIs or plugins which seamlessly integrate with your ecommerce system or POS. You should also consider the checkout experience of your customers and the reporting and management capabilities for your employees. Not least, ensure that you understand the terms of the contract and how easy it will be to switch providers in the future.