What you need to do
Internet Merchant Numbers
In order to take payment on the World Wide Web you will need an Internet Merchant Number. This will enable you to accept electronic payment from your customers who wishes to use their debit or credit card. If you want to take payment into a PayPal account you do not need your own Internet Merchant Number but be aware that this method is regarded by some as less secure.
Your payment service provider (we recommend Sage Pay from £20 per month) are an online payment gateway or payment service provider (PSP). Your PSP provides a secure link between a website and a bank and carry sensitive information to and from those sources. There are many forms of merchant numbers which vary from retail merchant numbers to mobile/wireless merchant numbers. In order to be able to take payments online you must have an Internet Merchant Number. When the system captures credit card details from your shoppers it is forwarded to the bank for verification and authorisation, using your Internet Merchant Number as a unique identifier. Without an Internet Merchant Number, the PSP will not be able to gain authorisation on card details as there would be no link between them and your bank.
How do you get a Internet Merchant Number?
In order to get an Internet Merchant number you will need to contact your bank. Your bank will enter you into an Internet Merchant agreement. You will then be provided with an Internet Merchant Number which you, in turn, will need to provide to the PSP.
Whether you ask us to load your products or decide to do this work yourself you will need to get images of all of your product catalogue, pricing and any other details you wish to display on the website. Note that these will need to be of a specific size and format. We will advise you of this. For more information you can download a pdf here