This document is intended to give a general, non-specific overview of the integration process, so that the “big picture” of the integration process is apparent before any integration actually begins.
1) Sign Up
The first step is to sign up for an account. Once you’ve done this you’ll be able to familiarize yourself with the administration area for accounts, and will gain access to some information and settings you’ll need to complete your integration.
2) Install Your Shopping Cart
The next step in the integration process would be to install shopping cart software on your site, or develop your own cart system. A list of tested shopping cart software that can be used with Payment Pages can be found here. In addition to the cart software listed there, any cart system that supports the Authorize.net SIM protocol should be able to be adapted for use easily with Payment Pages by a developer.
3) Determine Your Preferred Receipting and Transaction Handling Method
Payment Pages offer a variety of options and methods for performing receipting and transaction data handling. Frequently, shopping cart software will only be able to support some of these methods, so you’ll want to determine which methods you can use with your software and choose the appropriate one for your business.
4) Configure Your Shopping Cart and Hosted Checkout Settings
Now that your shopping cart software is installed, you can configure it for use with Payment Pages. You’ll need to get a few key pieces of information from your Payment Pages administration page, like your Payment Page ID, and Transaction Key. You’ll also want to ensure that any options relating to your preferred receipting and transaction handling method are set appropriately.
5) Test Payments
Now that you’ve configured your shopping cart software and the relevant options in the Payment Pages administration area, you’ll want to make sure everything is working correctly by performing some transactions using a demo account. You can find dummy credit card numbers to perform testing with here, and an overview of how to trigger failed transactions here.
6) Go Live
When you’re done testing, you can switch over to your production account by updating your Payment Page ID and Transaction Key to the production values, and making sure that you’re submitting payments to the live URL. Now you’re ready to go live and start collecting payments through Payment Pages!