E-commerce tips and tricks: August 2017

Each month we scan the web for unique links that might be of interest not only to our high-risk clients but to anyone selling on the internet. Below is this month’s batch of curated tips and tricks!

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High-risk payment gateways for Jigoshop

Sell just about anything that is legal on Jigoshop

Jigoshop is one of the strongest competitors in the WordPress e-commerce world for a very good reason, its fresh, robust, and fast design. Jigoshop’s e-commerce plug-in is compatible with high-risk payment gateways like NMI and, when set up properly with a high-risk merchant account, Authorize.Net. The platform powers over a half million e-commerce stores and, with a little payment gateway advice from experts like us, can be an excellent solution for legal, hard to place high-risk merchants like vape/e-juice merchants, FFL dealers, and premium cigar websites. The entire system has recently been redesigned for ease of use, all the way from managing your inventory to converting visitors into customers. Sales are streamlined through your site to give you more conversions quickly, increasing your revenue.

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Green coffee beans: High-risk industry update

Green coffee bean based weight loss products are a specialty supplement and sales have been blowing up in recent years, especially since being mentioned on a certain “Dr O” show for having weight-loss benefits. We try to keep an eye on the market as it is one of the high-risk categories we assist in terms of payment gateways and merchant account recommendations. Many new merchants have taken to sell green coffee beans in their e-commerce web stores, but where does the future of the market lie?

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Current events: Bitcoin and the split

Recently there was a major change in the largest crypto-currency, Bitcoin. Due to disagreements over transaction speed vs. security the digital currency has split in two, with Bitcoin staying as it is, and Bitcoin Cash moving forward with a desire to increase transaction speed. Both are now live, which has begun to affect the value of both Bitcoin and its top competitor Etherium. The value of Etherium has seen its value increase with the uncertainty of its more popular rival.

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Shopp plugin and high-risk payments

High-risk payment processing with Authorize.Net or NMI

Fortunately, the Shopp WordPress plug-in comes right out of the box compatible with Authorize.Net and NMI, both of which – when set up properly and powered by an appropriate high-risk friendly merchant account on the back end- are among our favorite high-risk friendly payment gateways, and make recommending high-risk merchant accounts that are Shopp compatible easy for us and easy for you. This means if you need high-risk payment processing support, we can help you get setup and making money more quickly and easily. If you need to learn more about high-risk payment processing, need a merchant account recommendation or are ready to get started accepting payments with Shopp using Authorize.Net or NMI, just fill out this form and we will get back to you right away.

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Automotive parts and e-commerce: What’s the future?

Research released on auto parts and e-commerce

If you sell automotive products online or are interested in doing so, you will definitely want to read this report from Orbis on the future of the business. The report includes the current status of the industry and predicts the progress over the next 5 years. It includes reports on the players in the industry and focuses on both the U.S. market and the Global market, giving you incredible insight into a lucrative industry. Projections show the industry is poised for serious growth over the next half decade, and that US based e-commerce players are positioned to enjoy a healthy share of that growth. Read the Reuters article to learn more or go directly to the Orbis Research report.

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How to find clear info on Authorize.Net and TLS 1.0 & 1.1

This post was originally published on June 19th, 2017 but was updated with new information.

E-commerce security encryption changes: PCI mandate to retire TLS 1.0 and 1.1

As a service to all our customers -past, present, and future, we like to make sure you are ready for some important changes in the industry. TLS 1.0, this is an issue that is likely to affect many e-commerce businesses if they don’t take care of it before it becomes an issue. So what’s the problem? Internet encryption. If you have been on the web and have done any work on your site you are probably familiar with SSL (Secure Socket Layer). If you are in the e-commerce industry, you should remember that basic SSL became in many ways obsolete after a fundamental flaw was discovered in its core programming. This flaw made the previously powerful internet security tool all but useless for e-commerce depending on the application as it was no longer a secure method of encryption. Basic SSL support was discontinued after June 30th of 2016, forcing every reputable card processor and payment gateway to adopt TLS 1.0 or 1.1.

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Merchant account options for trial offers still exist

There are still payment gateway and processing options available to these particular high risk merchants who use this model but the options are limited, and providers (especially those ... which providers are still open to working with quality trial merchants? - - -

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High-risk payment gateways for OpenCart

Accept credit cards for your high-risk OpenCart business 

Credit card processing is essential to any e-commerce site. For vape and e-liquid merchants, FFL dealers, online premium cigar sites, supplement marketers, ammunition e-commerce sites and other high-risk industries it is an even more important decision to make. OpenCart connects to NMI, ePN, and high-risk Authorize.Net, 3 of our favorite payment gateways that all allow us to make specific merchant account recommendations and ensure that your high-risk payment gateway is paired up with a high-risk merchant account on the back end. (This is essential, otherwise, you may be declined or shut off which is common when new high-risk merchants apply for processing directly on payment gateway website).

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Tips and Tricks: WordPress!

A plurality of our high-risk e-commerce clients use WordPress as their web design platform, and the majority of those merchants use a tested, reliable e-commerce plugin like WooCommerce. Note: If you are unfamiliar, high-risk refers to industries like vape, FFL, online cigar sales etc. The ability of WordPress and WooCommerce to integrate to any number of high-risk friendly gateways like NMI, ePN or, when set up with the correct processor on the back end, Authorize.Net – makes WordPress a great choice for high-risk e-commerce warriors. Because so many of our clients use WordPress for their e-commerce businesses we wanted to give you some tips and tricks that might your make life a bit easier.

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P.S. We're happy to help even if you just have a quick question - even if you are "not ready yet" and just want a little free advice. We regularly earn clients' business years after we first speak.

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