Before you can start accepting credit card payments online
, you need to connect your website or shopping cart to your unique e-Path secure payment gateway system. This process is called 'integration'.
Your website or shopping cart will have its own way to collect your customers details such as their name, phone, delivery address, email etc, of which it will send you directly. Usually within the same action your website or shopping cart will send or redirect your customer to your secure e-Path payment page to make payment. After making payment your customer can return back to your website.
It may sound a daunting process but in actual fact integrating e-Path is a reasonably simple affair, even for the non-technically minded.
e-Path will supply you with the unique address (URL) to your secure e-Path payment page upon registering you into the e-Path system. From there you only need to ensure each of the following six parameters are sent with values to your e-Path system, they are:
ord = A unique order number
des = What the customer is buying or "Online Order" for brevity
amt = The amount the customer is paying and authorising you to charge
frq = The charge frequency (Once, monthly etc)
opt = Optional field value (this is an optional optional parameter, it may be left out)
ceml = Customer email address
ret = A return URL (the URL e-Path will send customer back to)
That's all there is to it, no complex server programs to install, no response codes to worry about, nothing more - everything that needs to exist is handled for you by your own e-Path gateway system.
Send those six (or seven with the "optional" value) values to your unique secure e-Path gateway URL and you have successfully integrated your e-Path system into your website or shopping cart.
While there are no SSL requirements for your website (because e-Path provides THAWTE SSL protection on your gateway) we do recommend you consider obtaining SSL for your site so that when e-Path returns the customer they are going from your e-Path secure gateway back to a secure site. Some browser's will show a message warning people when they are being moved from a secure site to a non-secure site.
So lets now look at some code:
Here we are simulating a website or shopping cart which has assigned values to the required parameters. You are about to "buy" a box or oranges and pay $25.00.
|<form action="http://e-path.com.au/demo1/demo1/demo1.php" method="post" name="">
<input type="hidden" name="ord" value="131299" border="0">
<input type="hidden" name="des" value="Box Of Oranges" border="0">
<input type="hidden" name="amt" value="$25.00" border="0">
<input type="hidden" name="frq" value="Once Only" border="0">
<input type="hidden" name="opt" value="Demo Only" border="0">
<input type="hidden" name="ceml" value="email@example.com" border="0">
<input type="hidden" name="ret" value="http://e-path.com.au/okdemo.php"border="0">
<input type="submit" name="" value="Make Payment Now" border="0">
And clicking on the following "Make Payment Now" button will show you exactly how e-Path handles the above code. This is a live demonstration/simulation so feel free to go ahead and make a "payment" to experience the real customer-side process in operation. Of course no credit cards are charged. For brevity, this demonstration/simulation is not under THAWTE SSL.
Now lets do this with your values
Here we can see how things work using values you set. In this example we are only using the required parameter values needed by e-Path. You of course would be collecting more details like your customers name, physical address, phone number etc, all of which would be sent to you directly from your website.
If you would like to start to integrate e-Path to ensure things work prior to signing up, then please feel free to configure your website/shopping cart to send directly to the following URL ...
Although this is only a demonstration URL, it gives you access to a working simulated gateway. You will be experiencing exactly how your own unique secure e-Path payment system will perform, but of course you will not be receiving any payment alert notifications with this demonstration.
For further "live" demonstrations of how the e-Path system works in the real world, including live shopping cart examples, visit the e-Path demonstration website The Fruit Box Shop
Third Party Integrators
If integrating the e-Path gateway solution into your website or shopping cart is something you would rather leave to a professional or perhaps you seek e-Path specific integration files for your particular shopping cart or e-commerce software, then help is at hand.
The team over at Charlies Garage
specialises in payment gateway integration and will know how to get your shopping cart/website software working perfectly with e-Path. Their expertise is highly regarded within the industry and while they have no connection to e-Path, we highly recommend them.
See also ...
About e-PathPty Ltd
The e-Path Credit Card Payment Gateway
Credit Card Payment Gateway Security
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