Several of these items
may take up to 5 business days to complete. Please
keep this in mind when determining your "Go Live" date.
Set up a Merchant Account.
Contact your bank for details. Make sure you explain to them that
you are going to be participating in eCommerce so that you are set up
with the correct account and are charged the correct fee amounts.
This can take a few days to process, depending on your institution. A merchant account is necessary
if you wish to accept credit card payments.
Acquire a Sub-Domain Name. Contact your ISP (Internet Service
Provider) for details. A sub-domain name is necessary for your SSL
Certificate. The price of this varies by provider.
Make sure you already have a designated
machine for your applications; your ISP will assign the IP address to
that machine. *
Purchase a Payment Gateway and your SSL Certificate. The
Semarca Corporation recommends Authorize.net for the payment gateway and
Thawte for your SSL Certificate needs. These
tools are necessary if you plan on accepting credit card payments over
the Web. Semarca
can provide you with the application for Authorize.net - there is a setup
fee, a monthly fee, and a transaction fee. You will need to contact Thawte
directly online - http://www.thwate.com.
When building the CSR
(Certificate Signing Request) that is used to request a SSL certificate,
the “common name” will be the sub-domain name chosen for the machine that
the web apps will be running on. When completing the application
for the SSL certificate, use “Apache” for system software type.
This will allow Semarca to convert the certificate into .pem format for
use with the web application.
Download Real VNC.
This is remote control software that enables Semarca to access your system
and load the Web Applications. Real VNC is free to use and can be
downloaded at www.realvnc.com/download.html.
*A serover (machine) is required to run the
Web Applications. It
is highly recommended that your IP address for the sub-dmain name/SSL
Certificate reside on a machine that is rarely used. You
can more than likely use an older CPU tower that meets these
requirements. If you are considering purchasing a new one, Semarca
customers have had success using the MiniMac as their server for their
web applications. It
solves security issues and SEMARCA can set up the MiniMac for you easily.
It can be connected to any type of Windows operating system.