The payment Card Industry or PCI is a council originally formed by American Express, Discover Financial Services, JCB, MasterCard, and Visa to ensure the ongoing evolution of security standards during online transactions of affiliated debit, credit, prepaid, e-purse, ATM, and POS cards. These security standards are known as the PCI Data Security Standards or simply PCI DSS, which consists of 12 significant requirements and multiple sub requirements. Once complied with these security standards, a business can receive a compliance certification and listing on the PCI Standards Council website.
E-Commerce and online businesses must be PCI compliant and it’s no surprise that mostly all shopping cart platforms come equipped with PCI-DSS compatibility. For example, the e-commerce shopping cart software, X-Cart, provides business owners a platform to build an online store with. It’s safe, secure, and certified so you can accept and process credit cards directly on your X-Cart powered site. With simple configurations, X-Cart follows the 12 requirements of PCI to allow customers to pay directly on your site. Configuring your site to be compliant is quite simple. The X-Cart site contains a detailed step-by-step page that goes over configurations.
Another (more simple) option for payments is ‘X-Payments’ which allows X-Cart users to implement background payment gateways. This is specifically designed for users who do not want to configure their own site to be PCI compliant and instead, use offsite payment gateways such as Paypal Express Checkout, Google Checkout, Checkout by Amazon, and more.
Configuring and having a secure payment online store is one thing, but you also need a server or web host to enable your presence on the internet. Companies like WebNet Hosting offer PCI-Compliant, Secure SSL encrypted environment, and over 50 web hosting features with their packages. A good host can mean a few things, namely, speed, 100% uptime, quality customer service, and even better chances of internet page rankings. Investing into an online business can be quick, easy, and extremely high quality should you look in the right places.
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