Author: Lee Blue

How To Accept Payments With WordPress

Understanding Payment Gateways and Merchant Accounts

In this video we look at how to accept payments on your WordPress site. I’ll talk about the difference between payment gateways vs merchant accounts. We will uncover the difference between individual and aggregate merchant accounts and what that means for you.

Looking Out For Fees

We will also talk about the different types of fees and how the different types of payment gateways impact your costs. Also, we go over how to secure your online payments to make sure your site is PCI compliant and your customers’ data stays safe.

How And Where To Use PayPal

PayPal is also a really popular payment option and we look at the best way to integrate PayPal into your website alongside your ability to accept actual credit card payments on your site. PayPal is great as an alternative method of payment but you do not want to have it as the only way your customers can pay. We’ll talk about why this is and how Cart66 makes accepting credit cards just as easy as accepting PayPal payments.

SSL vs Firewall – What’s The Difference?

Another thing that causes a lot of confusion is the difference between and SSL certificate and a firewall and what all of this means in terms of the security of your website and the security of your customers’ payments. Both play a role in the security of your website and in PCI compliance, but they are both very different. I’ll explain the difference, but if it is more detailed than you are interested in, just know that Cart66 makes your site PCI compliant so you don’t have to worry about SSL certificates and Firewalls.

Shopping Carts, Buy Now Links, Invoices, and More…

Finally, we’ll talk about the various types of payments you can accept on your website using Cart66. Buy Now links are great for email marketing and social media. You can have you customers pay for invoices too. You can even set up forms to let your customers enter the amount they’d like to pay which is great for donations.

Looking For More?

There is a complete written article that goes over all of these details and more in the WordPress Payment Plugin post.

How To Sell Web Hosting

We'll look at how to set up subscriptions for selling web hosting. This video tutorial will show you how to set up individual products for each hosting plan as well as how to create a single product that shows a form where your customer can select the hosting plan as well as a WordPress support and maintenance package. Finally we'll look at the secure customer portal where your customers can manage their account information.

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How To Create Product Pages

One of the things that sets Cart66 apart is how easy it is to put product order forms and add to cart buttons anywhere on any page you want. In that sense, any page or post on your WordPress site can be a product page. Sometimes, however, it’s nice to have an easy product page layout to work with that includes an image gallery, product description and product order form. Here’s a quick video showing you how to use the built-in Cart66 product pages to build out your online store.
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Custom Product Page Layouts

Cart66 comes with a custom post type for products. The Cart66 Product post type serves a couple of purposes both for presentation and some behind the scenes stuff. By default, the product pages are presented with an image gallery in the top left, the Add to Cart button in the top right, and the page content below. This provides a really nice, clean layout for your product pages without requiring any additional plugins or coding. Sometimes, however, you want to layout the page yourself. We just released a new feature to make Cart66 product pages even more flexible. You can now choose the default layout that shows the built-in image gallery and product form, or you can turn all that off and lay everything out exactly like you want it. Let’s take a close look.

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Customize Receipt Text For Specific Product

Sometimes you sell a product where you want to include some special instructions or information in the email receipt. For example, if you sell a WordPress theme, you might include a link to PDF with instructions. Or, maybe you want to recommend some related products. For example, if someone buys a coat, you can email them about hats that go nicely with the coat. Whatever the reason, it’s nice to be able to send customized information to your customer based on what product they just bought from you. Here’s a quick demonstration of how to include product specific content in your email receipts using Cart66.

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Kustrix Theme Demo

The Kustrix WordPress Theme is premium theme available on TemplateMonster. Also available through TemplateMonster is the free,  Kustrix Lite version of the theme. The free theme does not have quite as many features as the paid version of the theme and it doesn’t come with support, but it’s still very flexible and capable theme. In this review, we’ll look at how to set up the theme, configure some navigation menus, and – perhaps most exciting – set up a secure online store with Cart66. Let’s get started!

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Cart66 Secure Site Seal

One of the major benefits that Cart66 brings to the table is security and PCI compliance for your WordPress store. You can use any WordPress theme, host your site anywhere on any server and you don’t even need your own SSL certificate. Simply install Cart66 and you’ve got all the security and PCI compliance you need to deliver a safe and secure shopping experience for your customers. It’s as easy as using PayPal and you can accept both credit card payments and PayPal payments. Also, with the Cart66 Cloud secure hosted checkout page you get built-in support for over 100 payment gateways. Perhaps best of all, with the Cart66 page slurp, your secure, hosted checkout page is skinned with your WordPress theme so it will look exactly like the rest of your WordPress site. That means you keep consistent design and branding throughout the entire checkout process. Now you can show your customers that your site is secure and protected by Cart66 with the new Cart66 Security Seal. Here’s how it works.

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Shipping and Package Tracking

Today we are announcing a new feature that significantly enhances the workflow for fulfilling orders in Cart66. We’ve added the ability to include a tracking number and automatically email the tracking information to your customer when you mark the package as shipped. If you are shipping with USPS, FedEx, or UPS the tracking number will automatically be linked to the shipping carrier to track the package. Here’s how it works.

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How To Earn Money Blogging

This article is a great resource to show you how to earn money blogging. We’ll cover both the technical side of how to actually sell something from your blog. I’ll also introduce you to Amy Lynn Andrews. She’s got a gold mine of information on how to earn money blogging. Let’s start with my first blogging success story because it shows how you can take a simple blog and turn it into a full-time, money making business. It’s also how Cart66 got started.

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