November 10, 2016
Written by
James Davis
Written by James Davis
Senior Technical Writer at United Thinkers

Author of the Paylosophy blog, a veteran writer, and a stock analyst with extensive knowledge and experience in the financial services industry that allows me to cover the latest payment industry news, developments, and insights. Read more

Reviewed by
Kathrine Pensatori
Product Specialist at United Thinkers

Product specialist with more than 10 years of experience in the Payment Processing Industry. I help payment facilitators and PSPs solve their various payment processing issues. Read more

What Payment Gateway is better For Your Ecommerce Store?

What payment gateway you should choose for your e-commerce store depends on many factors, including the size of your company and your payment processing needs. The best e-commerce platform comes with the features you need to do business today and in the future.

The first step is choosing whether to use a hosted payment gateway or an integrated payment gateway for your e-commerce store.

Hosted Payment Gateway for Ecommerce Store

When you choose a payment gateway, your website’s customers go to a secure payment gateway on the processor’s platform. Once at that site, the customer enters their payment information.

With this setup, there’s little for your company to do, and PCI compliance isn’t an issue since the payment processor handles data security. A payment gateway is the simplest way to handle payment processing. But in most cases, it doesn’t give your customers a seamless experience.

About Integrated Payment Gateway

When you select an integrated payment gateway, customers never leave your site to complete their order. The main thing every payment system should provide is a smooth experience from start to finish. For an e-commerce store, this is the most professional and seamless credit card processing functionality.

But integration with this kind of secure payment gateway is difficult. Some small companies may not find a payment gateway that’s right for them. Your company is also in the scope of PCI compliance since you will be collecting personal information.

More To Consider

For many companies, the choice of payment card processors comes down to price. Also, if your company operates brick-and-mortar locations in addition to a website, you may need to select an all-in-one payment platform that will work in your stores. Not all eCommerce platforms are available with a complete omnichannel payment gateway that can accommodate every aspect of your business.

If you’re weighing your options for hosted payment gateways, integrated payment gateways, and considering other aspects of getting your e-commerce store up and running – or running better, we’re here to help. The UniPay gateway is available as either a hosted or integrated payment gateway. Contact us for more information on choosing the UniPay gateway.

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