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How to integrate payment gateways in CMS

How major payment gateways are integrated


Increasing number of merchants conducting business on the internet has necessitated the provision of easy and secure places for this transaction to be possible. In order to lure customers to a site to purchase a product, one has to ensure that the site has been well integrated with a payment system that is secure to ease the mind of the customer. To make e-commerce growth possible, integration of payment gateways with websites has been very useful. Even if you are selling the best products that may sell like hotcake, it may not matter if you don’t have a good payment system in place to make sales possible. Here is how to integrate a payment gateway system to make it possible selling products through your website.

Payment gateway integration


Integration of Payment gateways is basically the introduction of a payment gateway company into a website. This in turn creates a bond such that you are now able to purchase or sell products online through this website and also be possible to make online payments. These may be through; electronic checks or credit or debit cards. To ease the process of e-commerce, payment gateways are introduced into a website. Payment gateway integration enables the conducting of business as usual which is healthy for the growth of business. For payments to be accepted, APIs are incorporated from a payment method that is chosen by a company and is intended to be used.

Making the wrong move


The integration of payment gateways can be very costly if done with only one bad move. To minimize this problem, it is recommended that the best of the best team of programmers are used for payment gateway are used. Only important information is dispersed through the bond between the payment gateways and the websites. The integration should also be flexible such that, as a client, you can be able to purchase products using any of the methods of paying available.

Administration of the Content Management System (CMS)


Here you learn how the CMS admin area works and how you can access it. Accessing the admin area is very simple as you get to it through yourwesitename.com/cmsms/admin:
Then you can now enter your admin username and password that you used when installing to get logged onto the admin section. When you are in, you will be notified of some messages that you have not handled. The first message informs you that the directory still exists and the second challenges you to configure your mail setting.
Configuration of the CMS mail is simple and you will get the instructions on how to configure it in the mail section. The installation folder can easily be removed by the cPanel File Manager or the FTP you prefer to use.

Menus in the Admin Panel
This provides access to all functions of the administration. From this section, you can easily navigate to other parts of the admin section. The menu includes:
Site Admin – global setting are done here. You can set them to be default here or change them as you please.
Users & Groups – you get to control the users and groups in your website from here. You will be able to determine their access powers and how they will be able to use that permission to the site.


Content – this menu allows the management of the contents of the website. You can also access the File Manager and the Image Manager from this section
Layout – management of menus and templates is done in this area. You get to bring new changes in your menu from this section.
CMS - it is the logout area from the admin panel. This menu allows you to go to the admin home and also the Dashboard section.
My Preferences – here, you get to manage the administration of the user. You get to give them restrictions.

Global Settings
These are managed in the site admin- global settings area. You can change the name of your site from here. You can also change the frontend language from this area.
Extra CMS Features
For CMSs to perform at full capabilities and maximum efficiency, they have two features that make them ideal. These features make them operate with security that is required to maintain clients in a website. They include:

Modules
They are very special especially because they are encrypted in most programs. They are good because they can also be uninstalled completely for upgrades. They are accessed through the CMS Admin panel extensions-modules. Installation of new modules is simple because once you have uninstalled another version, just locate an XML file via a browser button and then upload it and you are good to go.

CMS Mail
This is another important feature that is used in controlling and managing CMD mails. Settings are done here and you can access it in the extensions-CMSmailer section. Configuring the mailer helps you to be notified once anything is purchased from the website. This is when you get to confirm or reject offers depending on how they are purchased.

Configuring a shop module CMSs
When a website is hosted by a CMS, it is configured such that you can be able to read data and be able to purchase products from that website. In creating a shop module you have to log into the admin panel where you access the shop management sector to start a shop module. This is where you get access to an extensive menu to configure the settings to be more convenient to customers.
The sectors to be configured that include:

Tax categories
This is set as per every product’s rate of Value added tax (VAT) levied. You create it such that when a customer comes for a product they see what is going to be the VAT they pay.

Currencies
Since they can be different and shop modules allow many currencies, you have to configure them such that a merchant can see he price of products from any currency they prefer. Although only one currency can be shown at a time one can easily change the mode to view it using another currency. Also the admin has the power to change the default currency to the one the majority of customers use for simplicity.

Price categories
This section clearly stipulates the price of products either with delivery of shipping costs or without.

Shop module home
This page shows all the pages you may want to advertise and sell products through. It has the navigation links that you click to purchase a product. Creating it is simple;
First, create a new page from a website workspace.

Name the template column as Shop home
On the page information button, you can now have a list of shop name list that you want to be displayed. Save the information and you are good to start.

Product category
This arranges the products on sale in a logical manner such that finding a product does not stress the customers. Details of a product are also given which must be in full if you are going to convince the buyer.


Shopping Cart

This section is accessed when customer is in the verge of buying a product. The checkout process is comprehensive as it also includes the VAT and also the shipping costs. The checkout process involves 3 main steps, that is, giving the shipping address, the billing address and a confirmation order.

The shipping address, billing address and the confirm order are created by the admin and all the customer needs is to enter details. Confirmation is successful once all the customer details are filled and then a customer is issued with an order number. This number has to match with the codename of the shopping cart. This section is accessed in the shop management-shopping cart. An order can also be transferred to a third party warehouse with a custom shopping cart processor.

Products
This section is created to enable items be identified by the payment gateway for selling. This section is created in the product section by the admin. Products can also be edited on web pages directly. In this section, product variants are also specified, for instance, color, size or shape.

Product teasing
This section showcases a product to be sold. It works like an advertisement to promote a product so that it can be sold. This section is in the extras and the admin can configure it once he/she has logged in.


Security
It is important to note that only the admin is allowed to edit the shop configuration sector. This makes all unauthorized persons not to access this area. This makes security a necessity for security for sites and that is why editors are given restrictions into editing some parts. They only operate under an edit product link.