At long last, Authorize.net is now available as a payment gateway for businesses in the UK.
This is great news for small to medium sized businesses who, until now, have had to use expensive services like Paypal to process their debit/credit card orders, or had to jump through hoops when dealing with their own bank, who seem to have this misguided idea that they are “doing you a favour” just because you want to take money over the phone or to sell products/services via your website! We are sure this experience or attitude will be familiar to many of you reading this!
Authorize.Net is easy to setup and enables you to process payments from your website or over the phone. It’s also miles cheaper than Paypal and most other payment gateways too. When used in conjunction with our own Cloud Hosted Web Platform that includes e-commerce as standard, it's an unbeatable combination.
Historically, connecting a payment application to a payment processing network has been difficult, expensive and beyond the resources of most businesses. Authorize.Net enables you to easily set up a payment gateway and provides all the tools to manage the infrastructure and security necessary to ensure secure, fast and reliable transactions. They offer affordable, no-contract, month-to-month pricing with a combination of free features and optional add-on products.
This is great news for any business that has, to date, been forced to use Paypal to process their card transactions because they can’t get an account with any other merchant. It’s also great because you are backed by a proper support service with a human at the end of the phone.
There are a number of benefits:
- Accepting debit or credit cards directly on your site assures customers that you have an established business.
- You can control the look of your checkout page to reinforce your company's brand, either on your own site, or by using Authorize.Net’s custom hosted payment form.
- You get free Award-Winning Support
- You get a free Virtual Terminal
- You get a free Website Payments Seal
- You get free Fraud Prevention
Online Payment Gateway and Merchant Account
Setup Fee: £50.00
Monthly Gateway Fee: £17.95
Transaction Fee: £0.15
Debit Card Settlement (Visa, MasterCard): £0.40
Consumer Credit Card Settlement (Visa, MasterCard): 2.25%
Commercial Credit Card Settlement (Visa, MasterCard): 2.75%
Chargeback Fee: £15.00
You can also set up recurring or subscription billing, which enables you to bill repeat customers without storing their payment information locally or asking for it each time. Their Automated Recurring Billing™ (ARB)* is for automatic handling of fixed online subscriptions, and Customer Information Manager (CIM)* is for dynamic recurring billing (you bill your customers different amounts or on different days each month).
Independent Web Marketing are one of the first businesses to sign up to Authorize.Net’s affiliate scheme, and you can download their application form here, or contact Authorize.Net on 0203 564 4843 and mention Independent Web Marketing. Providing Authorize.Net can verify that you’ve signed up via IWM, we'll even send you a decent bottle of claret as a welcome gift once you have successfully enrolled!
Posted on Sat, 24 November, 2012
by IWM Design