E-Commerce, The Basics
You know you want to sell your products online but what is the easiest way to go about it? There are some things that are essential to selling online. This Page will tell you what you need to get your online business up and running.
SSL certificates assure your customers and website visitors that any data they enter on your website is secure, encrypted, and protected. You will need to be able to handle your customers card information securely by protecting it with SSL. You can purchase SSL Certificates from a few places. Most Domain Name registras sell SSL Certificates that you can install on your site. Alternativly you can go with an SSL provider like AlphaSSL. Your hosting company might also sell and even install SSL.
To install an SSL Certificate you need a dedicated IP address. SSL Certificates are tied to a specific IP address and you can only have one certificate per IP. Normally when you buy web hosting you are given an IP address but it is a shared IP address. If the SSL Certificate was linked to your website on that shared IP it would then mean nobody else on that IP address could use an SSL Certificate. You can normally buy a dedicated IP through your hosting provider.
Payment Gateway Provider
You need a Payment Gateway Provider to securely handle and charge your customers cards. Payment gateways protect credit card details by encrypting sensitive information, such as credit card numbers, to ensure that information is passed securely between the customer and the merchant and also between merchant and the payment processor. We reccommend if you are just starting out, use a company like Stripe or PayMill.