A Merchant Account is a special account that you need to have set up with a bank in order for you to be able to accept credit card transactions.
In addition to a Merchant Account, if you would like to charge credit cards for the orders placed by customers in real time, you will also need a Payment Gateway, which is an online system that automates this process. Without a Payment Gateway, you have to manually process the credit cards entered by the customers. This is much more time consuming and labor intensive.
Looking to save money on credit card processing?
At Pulse Commerce, we're absolutely committed to helping our merchants Sell More, and part of that includes cutting costs on transactions without sacrificing quality or service. This especially rings true with the upcoming holiday season. Recently, we've partnered with Merchant Focus Processing, a full-service e-commerce merchant account and payment gateway provider, to bring two different enrollment programs that are exclusive for Pulse Commerce merchants.