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    Online store - payment options

    Following on from the thread "Software to set up online shop?" <post:=685,001>post 685,001</post:>, I opted out of CubeCart and into osCommerce.
    WIP results can be seen at www.TorontoVBA.com
    Payment Methods is my next step, and I'd love to hear from others who have tested the waters.
    I am pretty sure that my local bank supports ecommerce banking, since I can pay my credit card, telephone and electricty accounts online, and have, recently, received a $1,000 amount via email (click on this link and $1,000 gets deposited to the account. Cool!).

    I'm inclined towards
    (1) direct bank transfer
    (2) check/money order
    (3) credit card
    (4) debit card
    (5) paypal

    My store is solely digital download - training videos and software. No shipping, COD etc.

    If anyone is too cautious to post comments here, I'd be happy to enter into confidential correspondence on sensitive issues.

    osCommerce offers this list:
    Authorize.net Credit Card AIM Info
    Authorize.net Credit Card SIM Info
    Credit Card (Not For Production Use) 0 Info
    ChronoPay Info
    Cash on Delivery 0 Info
    iPayment Info
    Check/Money Order
    NOCHEX Info
    PayPal Website Payments Pro (US) Direct Payments Info
    PayPal Express Checkout Info
    PayPal Website Payments Standard Info
    PayPal Website Payments Pro (UK) Direct Payments Info
    PayPal Website Payments Pro (UK) Express Checkout Info
    2Checkout Info
    PSiGate Info
    SECPay Info
    Sofortüberweisung Direkt Info
    WorldPay Junior

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    Re: Online store - payment options

    Please see also my notes at Online Store For Digital Downloads

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    Re: Online store - payment options

    HIChris,

    A quibble about your naming in your notes. You say 'upload the MySQL database to your ISP" but surely you mean to your host server?

    (and no, I do not want the Loung Pedant's job)

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    Re: Online store - payment options

    >but surely you mean to your host server?
    Thanks, correct.
    I ought to be more classier, and make a distinction.
    I know (I think) that I can have a server on my own machine, right here in the office, but I always think like a pleb, that all the world lies at the door of the ISP.
    It doesn't. My ISP is probably in Toronto while my server used to be in Vancouver. I don't even know why I think that. Could be in Phuket by now, for all I know.

    >(and no, I do not want the Loung Pedant's job)
    A re-quibble, if I may. I don't think it's your decision, is it? (grin)

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    Re: Online store - payment options

    Chris

    Do you have one webpage that shows all your page links? I wander around on your site and never do manage to see all your information. Maybe you intend it to be this way so the curious surfer will keep looking? <img src=/S/hmmn.gif border=0 alt=hmmn width=15 height=15> Since I went back and recheck something on your site maybe www.chrisgreaves.com/ is the starting point?

    <img src=/S/whisper.gif border=0 alt=whisper width=29 height=17> BTW - my 3 year old grandson's class has a vermi-composter in their classroom. It is round, made of black plastic and has 4 layers to it currently. They use the compost for their flowers that they keep in their classroom.


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    Re: Online store - payment options

    Hi Chris,

    >I can have a server on my own machine, right here in the office
    Yes you can, but that way madness lies. If you want to run a server yourself as a web server, you need to ensure that you have full 24 hours availablilty. So that means permanent IP address (easy) and permanent uptime (harder) or risk no site and no sales. Hosting is the way to go.

    Johanna

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    Re: Online store - payment options

    >Yes you can, but that way madness lies.
    I quite agree, although it seems to be but one of the many avenues nowadays (for madness, I mean)

    In my post i meant it in the terms that it was an option. Not a very good one for me, to be sure.

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    Re: Online store - payment options

    >Do you have one webpage that shows all your page links?
    No.
    Although it's a thought. I could upgrade my WeatherVain program to crawl all resident links of a web site and build a site map, using the original tree as a basis. (Hmmmmm!)

    >I wander around on your site and never do manage to see all your information.

    {brag} That's possibly because although all my web material is linked ultimately to one of (now six, was five!) domains, in many cases it is linked solely for ease of html generation.

    I use my own generator, WbWrd, which follows every hyperlink in a set of documents linked to a root. WbWrd is canny enough to determine which pages are changed, and generate html only for them, which means during the week, an idea pops into my head, I update a Word document (60 seconds) and get right back to what I was doing.

    Today I took the day off and wandered around developing a set of batch files to implement an unattended RoboCopy across a small network for my mentor and accountant, such a nice guy. In consequence there's an essay at http://vbasolutions.ca/EncryptionAnd...kupStorage.htm (WIP!) which is linked via http://vbasolutions.ca/, only because WbWrd will need to track it down.

    My intention is that web crawlers will index the "Backup" page in its own right, and deliver it directly to an interested user.

    The HOME button, just off my left elbow, on any web page should take you to the home page for that domain, the top-of-the-hyperlinked tree, and from there there ought to be links to other pages, including the embryonic http://www.naspa.ca/ which I am baby-sitting for my other friend.

    This time next week there should be a new baby at http://chrisgreaves.ca/Tripping.htm as http://chrisgreaves.ca/cgi-bin/countdown.cgi indicates.
    {/brag}


    >my 3 year old grandson's class has a vermi-composter
    You really know how to put pressure on a guy, don't you?
    This means that i have to resurrect all my vermicomposting material (relax, in web form!) so i can brag to him, too!

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    Re: Online store - payment options

    Thank you for a compressive answer. For me, a site map page would be handy but now that I have a better understanding about how you have organized your site, I ought to be able to roam around a bit easier. I remember reading your information about the vermi-composter on your site and look forward to this data being updated. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>


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    >a compressive answer
    I hope that that is a typo, and you were thinking "comprehensive".
    Compressive I'm not!. <img src=/S/chatter.gif border=0 alt=chatter width=38 height=16>

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    Re: Online store - payment options

    I hope that that is a typo, and you were thinking "comprehensive.

    Yep - my downfall - spelling. I rely on spell check to catch my mistakes. Sometimes that can be to my detriment....
    So far as I know, you are in "standard format". <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>


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    Re: Online store - payment options

    >... you are in "standard format".
    Yup.
    The difference now is that I feel like storing my thoughts on the 'web, rather than filed away in some obscure folder on drive G:.

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    Re: Online store - payment options

    Small Steps.
    I thought to ask the original sender, he replied "The way I did it was to just go into my bank (Royal Bank) and login to the account. From there I can pay by sending money to an email address (which is what I did for you)."
    Thus emboldened I sent $10 (minimum amount), unannounced, to my canoeing buddy. After he got over his initial surprise, i found myself $10+$1.50 worse off, so to speak.
    Turns out the banks (in Canada) allow you to email $$ (reasonable amounts) between people without any formalities.
    It's not necessarily as elegant and global as, say, PayPal, but it is a small step towards understanding what's going on.
    For a prospect who doesn't want to go via PayPal, doesn't want to use a credit card, and option, for a store like mine, is to 'wire" me the money by email and have me email the files back to their email address.
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