I need to incorporate a credit card payment operation in a web design solution.
Thanks for any answer.
I am actually speaking on this topic at Devcon tomorrow.
When you say "web design solution" are you talking about WebDirect? or something else?
How do you want to process cards? What does your solution do?
EG invoice billing that's charged by your finance department is much different than ecommerce where clients pay directly.
There are really only a few ways to process payments, a popular method is via plugin (google 360works Plastic), the other is through some sort of web form integration, like Stripe. The former works well for things like the finance department, the latter for stuff like ecommerce.
If my replies take a few days right now forgive me, since I'm onsite at the developers conference and have only random access time to my computer.
payment gateways on the web rely on being able to communicate with the bank using API(s).
step one is to discover what is needed from them and see if they have existing example (in PHP).
step two is to learn PHP outside of FileMaker so that you can integrate the API with your website.
step three is set up your database to store only payment amounts and authorization (never store the CCard) with your data (best security for you).
There are plug-ins or ready-made solutions that may help as well:
It's going to be an eCommerce site, thanks for the answer.
I will check into Stripe.
I am attempting to build an eCommerce site for my daughter's home made jewelry.
I will check out your suggestions, didn't know there were so many methods.
For what it’s worth, it might be easier to just start with the existing big name off-the-shelfs for that kind of stuff. Like Etsy.
Well my daughter has been with Etsy and Godaddy and is frustrated by not being able to customize more.
I thought maybe I could help by learning Filemaker.
It seems to be easier to position objects in Filemaker than with Visual Studio or NetBeans. Plus filemaker hooks up with a database much easier than any other tool I have tried.
Maybe I should just bite the bullet and learn HTML and CSS and PHP ???
There are ecommerce packages (in PHP and MySQL) that are basically done for you. You set up defaults (all web-based admin) and add products. Payment gateways already (for the most part) are included.
I like CScart. You'll need to have a hosting service. You can import/export with .csv so some work could be in FileMaker. But mostly you put it all in PHP and MySQL and do not need to learn HTML and CSS and PHP (unless you want to change something not included in the package - but that's rare). You'll save countless hours of work.
p.s. I've written custom 'carts' and used several different package over 10+ years.
(includes demo for the cart and admin, to test)
Thank you for the idea. I will start exploring cs-cart this afternoon.
I am much better at cut and paste than programming.
I can't even get PHP to work in Windows 10.
I have installed Linux-Mint on a third hard drive and will try a LAMP installation.
Also check out WooCommerce for wordpress, fully featured and thousands of modern themes for wordpress.
What will this web page sell?
Computer Files, software, graphics?
Each offer has a different answer.
Subscriptions can be purchased and paid annually using PayPal for instance which is real easy.
Computer files can be purchased on web site like Selfy which eliminates your major problems since they process the order and deliver it.
Consumer goods would require a range of services and you might consider WordPress and Woo Commerce and build a complex web site to sell goods.
So a good answer depends upon what you are going to do and all of these can be incorporated into one WordPress web site, for instance service an unlimited number of people rather than FileMaker Servers limitations and expense.
Just peeked at that site. Quite interesting and something like this is the solution to FMP Server limitations and expense.
Shopify (and WooCommerce) to a less extent are extremely interesting. I am investigating Shopify Lite for $9 a month which will be usable in WordPress.
Shopify, and probably others, are a drag and drop eCommerce fully featured site.
I spent 20 years working with a company using FileMaker and earned $$$ doing so. Shopify puts most of what I did in the trash can. It won't eliminate custom design but it will save me a lot of work.
Shopify even has custom ios apps for displaying your wares and for ordering them. $9 a month for the small site and 2% per transaction for customer on site.
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