Forum OpenACS Q&A: Credit Card Processing
wondering what people here have experience with and recommendations. I
was looking for both AOLserver/OpenACS-specific and more general
A friend of mine is doing work using Verisign's PayFlow Pro. Anyone
have comments on that?
With nsopenssl v2 supporting client side SSL, it may open interesting
possibilities on this area.
several implementations to choose from and great support for
payment testing (test site with online transaction history). After
trying a few options, I finally decided to go with the Java version -
I loaded the JAR into Oracle, wrote a PL/SQL wrapper and had
the app just call a stored procedure. Has worked quite well so
For historic reasons we have continued to use ewebcart.com now called www.securenetshop.com. It is a pretty full featured shoping cart for $229/year or $80/quarter. They work with a bunch of different payment processors including paypal. Here is a list of features: http://www.securenetshop.com/?features&t=0
Our Payment processor is "Kachingg" www.ipayments.com/solutions/index_kachingg.html
Securenetshop has a Silent Post feature that sends a copy of the completed (and paid) invoice back to our database.
In addition to the seamless connection with securenetshop, Kachingg has a direct terminal interface for manually processing charges and getting reports.
One thing we are looking for and have NOT yet found is how to charge recurring monthly membership fees. Currently we manually process these with the Kachingg terminal interface.
Has anyone used the OpenACS ecom module to do automated monthly billing? OR is there another alternative? -Bob OConnor
Let me know of any questions.
An alternative gateway to Versign based on the above service contract is in the works. A gateway to Authorize.net is not far of either. It wouldn't be too hard to wrap your Verisign module in the service contract (when the payment service contract get's published) thus making the module available to all other packages.
The securenetshop (http://www.securenetshop.com/) is indeed a full featured alternative to the ecommerce package offering features the ecommerce package is lacking. However, the disadvantage of securenetshop is that it lacks integration with the OpenACS database.
With the use of more service contracts we could split off many of the features of the monolithic ecommerce package into separate packages. Like the payment gateway, shipping rate calculations and search can be handled by service contract based services. While it will take time to accomplish all this, it does create a more flexible system. One could even have several ecommerce packages each tailored to different needs.