Selling online is a natural progression for many companies once they have established their web presence. Quite often, the web site already contains details of their products and/or services, as well as contact details for when a visitor wants to place an order. However many potential orders are lost simply because it is not possible to make the purchase there and then, and the visitor simply does not return. It is a simple step to allow them to select their purchases, place their order and pay for it online.
Our hosting accounts are compatible with a vast array shopping cart solutions. These are programs that allow you to maintain your catalogue of products on your website, and allow visitors to select, order and pay for them. There is a vast array of ones to choose from, and the best thing is most of them are free. The carts below are all available for instant install from our application vault included free with every hosting package, but there are many more out there than you can simply download and install on your hosting.
If you are taking sensitive customer information such as credit card details or any personally identifiable information on your web site, then you need to make sure that this information is received safely. To prevent this information being intercepted when as it passed from the customer’s PC to your website, you should use SSL encryption.
Irish Domains are authorized suppliers of Thawte Secure Server Certificates. This is supported by many of our web hosting packages, but to enable this you should purchase an SSL certificate. This will enable that all-important lock symbol in your browser, and will help you comply with data protection requirements. Many certs also allow you to use a ‘site-seal’, that is, a logo supplied by the SSL vendor that you can display on your website as an aid to customer confidence.
In order to take payments on your website, you will need to link to a payment service provider. This is a company that takes credit card information supplied by your customers, authorizes and charges the card with the amount you specify, and makes deposits these funds in your bank account. Most Payment service providers provide a ‘plug-in’ for the most common shopping carts. This is a small piece of software that you install along with your shopping cart to make the payment process simple for your customers.