Congratulations! You’ve taken that first big step by setting up an internet merchant account for credit card processing. Now that you’ve been approved, what do you do next?
1. Activate your AuthorizeNet online payment gateway – once your internet merchant account has been approved, you’ll receive an email from Authorize Net with gateway activation instructions. You must activate the online payment gateway before you’ll be able to process credit card transactions or link AuthorizeNet to your shopping cart. Activating your AuthorizeNet account will take approximately 10-15 minutes. Be sure to have your checking account information handy as well as your federal tax id or social security number if you’re a sole proprietor. Once you’ve activated AuthorizeNet, the online payment gateway will be in test mode.
2. Link Authorize Net to your internet merchant account’s shopping cart – you’ll need to obtain your API Login ID and transaction key in order to link Authorize Net to your shopping cart. Login to AuthorizeNet and click on the settings link on the left side of the page. On the settings page you’ll see a link in the security section named API Login ID/Transaction Key. Click on this link to obtain your API Login ID & Transaction Key. You’ll be prompted to enter a secret question and answer which you established during the AuthorizeNet activation step. Once you enter this information, Authorize Net will provide you with the API Login ID and Transaction Key. The API Login ID & Transaction Key need to be entered into your shopping cart, which will create the secure connection.
3. Take the online payment gateway out of test mode – once you’ve activated AuthorizeNet and linked it to your shopping cart, don’t forget to take the online payment gateway out of test mode. You’ll see a big red bar going across your screen whenever Authorize Net is in test mode. You can take the online payment gateway out of test mode by clicking on the “test mode” link on the right side. Or, click on the settings link and you’ll see a link that says “test mode” in the middle of the page.