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Payment gateways: a beginner’s guide

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What is a payment gateway?

A payment gateway is essentially an online version of a chip and PIN machine and acts as a link between your site and your merchant account. It is a secure webpage that allows customers to pay for goods or services in a fast and efficient manner.

Customers enter their card details on your site and, via the gateway, these details are passed on to PaymentSense for security checks and authorisation. From there, the details are sent to the shopper’s bank, which screens the payment details to ensure the customer has enough money in their account to cover the cost of the payment.

The final part of the transaction sees the information sent back to the payment processor before reaching the website to confirm or decline the payment. It sounds complicated, but all this takes place in a matter of seconds.

Why do I need payment gateway to sell online?

When shopping for an e-commerce provider, I was fairly informed of what I needed to look for. We had been taking card payments since 2010 but I was shopping for a different provider who could cater to the ever growing demand of our business.

I needed a service that was quick and easy to set up, competitively priced with someone I could physically speak with if there were any issues. I found Paymentsense covered everything I was looking for, especially as they were reasonable in price and made the process of setting up simple to understand. They also have great customer service and tech support. Gemma Eaton and her team are always on hand if anything is required or questions need answering. It’s nice to have that support.

The package we have with Paymentsense has allowed us to expand our business and provide for a larger customer base, something we couldn’t do before set up. It has enabled us to take a variety of card payments online and we always have a very clear statement that is broken down each month. We have found ecommerce so valuable, it has changed the way we conduct business. We’re very happy with Paymentsense and so far, no complaints!

Why choose our payment gateway?

Our gateway allows your business to accept card payments online securely and efficiently. Our trusted systems are the most reliable in the industry, with a record of 100% uptime. We offer our gateway services at the lowest cost in the UK.

Online payments

Set up a card payment solution for your website today.

We offer website payments from just £9.95/month. Sign up today and you’ll be ready to take cards within 24 hours.

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Pay by phone

Accept card payments using your phone and computer.

Set up a phone payment system for just £9.95/month. There are no hardware costs and you can be set up within 24 hours.

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