Hi folks. I'm an ecommerce newcomer and am just starting. I'm sure you know how that feels.
I have decided that I would like to use Authorize.net for my gateway. It also works well with the shopping cart I have chose. I hope I did alright so far. Now comes the questions,
1) Who do I go to? www.merchantexpress.com or www.charge.com? Or is there better? I don't think I can acquire a Merchant Account and what I need directly through Athoriznet according to what I see.
www.merchantexpress.com is cheaper per transaction according to their site, but http://www.charge.com looks alright also but a bit higher. I'm not sure what I should be expecting. I've talked to both on the phone. Virtual Terminal is $195.00 at charge.com but doesn't show a price at merchantexpress.com. In fact, they mention that it is part of Authoriznet and shouldn't be sold seperately. I'm a we bit confused to say the least and need your advise. I would sure like to get going on the right foot. I, as most, cannot afford a costly mistake. I started thinking maybe a third party like Revecom would be alright, but found here at Sitepoint articles that it is a real good idea to get a merchant account if possible.
I would prefer to start out with what I need.
Any help at getting started is much appreciated. I'm at the point I'm ready to integrate my site and cart with authorizenet. I would like to apply for the Merchant Account through the right party though.
I've also read that with Authorize.net I woudln't need my own SSL. Is this correct? Does Authorize.net provide me with a SSL?