An Authorize.Net Payment Gateway account enables you to accept credit card payments directly from your site for our different system functions that accept payments such as Custom Forms, Donations, Registrations, and the Store module.
To get started, there are 2 pieces you'll need:
A Merchant Account is a type of bank account that allows businesses to accept payments by debit or credit cards. If you already have a merchant account that you use, it's likely you can continue to use it with Authorize.net. If you do not have a merchant account, you will need to establish one. Authorize.net can point you to a number of Merchant Account Providers that they can work with.
A Payment Gateway is an e-commerce service that authorizes payments for e-businesses and online retailers. It is the equivalent of a physical POS (point-of-sale) terminal located in most retail outlets. Authorize.net is the Payment Gateway in this case and you'll need to establish an account with them.
To get started with establishing your Authorize.Net payment gateway, you can take advantage of our pre-negotiated application forms by using our online application. Whether you need only a Payment Gateway, or if you need both a Merchant Account and a Payment Gateway, our application online will provide you with what you need.