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    Hi,

    Im making a site for a client and they want to integrate the site with their merchant account, I think I can do this but as I havent done it before I want to know if there are any problems I might run into or any key facts that I should know before I beging.

    Is it simply a case of passing certain variables to the merchant account website and if so what languages are usually used for this?

    If anyone can point me to a guide that runs through the basics Id appreciate it.

    I think the merchant account they want to use runs on the ClearCommerce engine.

    Thanks,

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    Whichever credit card merchant they choose, will have (or should have) a page
    of PHP scripting examples for developers. This will explain and show examples of
    how to integrate your site with theirs ... IPN, transaction, etc.

    You have two modes of operation, you'll need to choose one:

    1) SIM - simple integration mode ... like Paypal, where you do not have
    a secure server, so the user leaves your site when they enter their CC info.
    You only send the merchant the items, quantity and prices. After the
    transaction, the merchant returns back some status on how it went.

    2) AIM - advanced integration mode ... this is where you have a secure server,
    and all CC info and user info is stored on your site (in a database). Your site
    would be HTTPS instead of HTTP, and the little lock appears in the browser status bar.
    Information is passed securely and the transaction appears seamless.


    Do some research with ClearCommerce on how it works, and don't be afraid to
    call them and have them explain the modes of operation. Having an SSL or secure
    server costs extra money.


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    Senior Member medlington's Avatar
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    Thanks mate thats really usefull and has given me more confidence about it


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