Let me repeat that: If you want a secure, sensible and error-free checkout experience, you need to design a storefront that makes those things possible. Just as it is with building a house, if the foundation is crap, it won’t stand up to a storm.
I promised in a recent post to show how to properly send transaction requests to SIM. So, here’s the first step: An overview of best practices, and a sample order form that follows them.
Let me offer this, right up front: If your Web sales are casual — say, you want to let people buy annual banquet tickets online, or you sell a couple coffee mugs / T-shirts each week — you should seriously consider using a third-party turnkey solution.
The legal, practical and technical requirements of running your own ecommerce solution generally aren’t worth the hassle if you’re not doing a significant volume of sales.
That said, there are circumstances where low-volume sellers still need custom ecommerce solutions. So, with that in mind, let’s cover the basics of making a secure, simple ordering system.