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eCommerce Guide

A review of online shopping carts and payments systems for building an e-commerce website.

Download: eCommerce Guide [pdf]

Table of Contents Page
What Is E-Commerce 2
Who Handles Electronic Payments? 2
How E-Commerce Works 2
The Benefits of E-Commerce 3
Required Documentation 3
Basic Setup Requirements 3
Registering a Domain Name 4
Selecting a Host Provider for the Website 4
Acquiring an Internet Merchant Account 4
Purchasing an SSL certificate 5
Basics of Shopping Cart Software 5
Shopping Cart Options 6
Payment Gateways & Payment Processors 7
Vendor Services & Fee Comparison Chart 9
Checklist 10
Consumer Protection Resources 11
Glossary & References 12
eCommerce Guide: Online Payment Systems
graphic: eCommerce Report