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anyone any experience with the technical aspects of building an ecommerce site? I'm thinking about the credit card transaction processing bit? Is this hard to set up and configure?
If you've experience of ASP or PHP you'll be able to figure it out. I think it depends on what bank / system you'll be using, but most of them are you simply pointing a forms' action at their servers with some given variables, and then collecting a returned set of variables to confirm the transaction.
..as far as I can tell, this process is pretty much the same from PayPal to HSBC.
Some, like WorldPay, are even easier.
moth has answered your question well.
if its for a small business of your own then id suggest going the paypal route if you are doing smallscale sales as theres no major setup fees but paypal takes a percentage of each sale.
Going the other way, Worldpay asks for a setup fee, six monthly fees then monthly fees thereafter. They also take a Transaction Service Charge.
This'll work out cheaper that paypal if you are making LOTS of sales/money each month.
do your sums before signing up for either.
thats my advice
Thanks - perfect responses. ta very much!