Build Your Own Website With a Payment Gateway

By Steve Hane

  • Overview

    Building your own website with a payment gateway can be as simple as using an existing template-based service to as complicated as designing a website from the ground up. The limiting factors are mainly time and money. Using an existing template will save you both. If you have the expertise with web design, save money by designing a site yourself. Or, if your budget is large enough, hire someone else to do it all.
  • Building a website with a payment gateway

    • Step 1

      Identify your needs. What are you selling? Content on demand, office supplies, stock photography? For selling a variety of goods, an eBay store would be the simplest solution, allowing you a range of options for customizing your storefront for as low as $15.95/month as of January 2009. However, if you have more complex or unique needs, a custom website may be best.


    • Step 2

      Choose a company or software package to design your custom website. If you need a more custom storefront, there are numerous options available. There are companies such as NetIDNow, Site Build It! EasyStoreCreator, and WebsiteWizard that specialize in templates with which to design and host your website with payment gateways without any programming experience.
    • Step 3

      Choose a host. If you opted for a custom-built website or a template-based one, odds are hosting was included in the package. If not, select a reliable host. Godaddy.com offers a variety of hosting packages for competitive prices.
    • Step 4

      Choose a credit card processing service. To accept credit card payments, you will need a merchant services account. You can do this as cheaply up front as PayPal with no service agreement or monthly fees, but you will pay a higher transaction rate per payment you receive. If you are looking for a more traditional merchant services account, you will find a number of them available. Some may have an existing relationship with the website developer or host you chose, and they may offer you a good rate. Check with your web developer and host to be sure any merchant services account will be compatible with your site.
    • Step 5

      Once you have built your new online storefront, spread the word to your friends, family, past customers,and colleagues. E-mails are a free way to do this; mailed fliers and business cards are inexpensive solutions as well. Using concise and relevant content on your new site will help increase your page ranking in search engines.
    • Skill: Moderately Challenging
    • Ingredients:
    • Computer
    • Internet connection
    • Something to sell
    • Tip: There are many site design options available. Shop around.

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