Payment Processing

Because the typical purpose of launching an online store is to trade goods for monetary payment, a key part of any ecommerce application is the actual code to process the payment information given to us by the customer. Unless you are a large corporation or service provider with your own processing facilities or servers, chances are you are going to have to work with some sort of external payment processing provider.

Fortunately, there are many such providers. They are either well supported by PHP, or do not require extra code in the language engine and integrate seamlessly into your application.

In general, at least the following will have to be completed:

  • An account must be opened with a card processing facility.

  • Any libraries or extensions must be downloaded and installed on your system.

  • The appropriate code to write these will be provided some documentation and needs to be integrated into your web application.

Searching on the Internet for "credit card processing PHP" will turn up a large number of options, but some other common places to look for further information are as follows:

  • PECL (the PHP Extensions Community Library), which has a Payments category with some options

  • The PHP Online Manual, which contains information on a couple of payment processing facilities

Core Web Application Development With PHP And MYSQL
Core Web Application Development with PHP and MySQL
ISBN: 0131867164
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2005
Pages: 255

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