Decide on Your Preferred Payment Methods

Of the many aspects you'll want to pay attention to when it comes to e-commerce, one stands out above all others: You're going to want to get paid. Of course, accepting cash via a website is impossible. That means you're going to need to accept payments digitally, whether by credit card, through PayPal (an online money-transfer service), or via some other method.

You'll need to decide what kind of payment methods you'll allow through your store. The easiest route is to use a service like PayPal, Google Checkout, or Amazon Payments. These typically don't require a credit check, are recognized and trusted names that shoppers will feel comfortable with, and are relatively easy to install. Usually, all that's required is the addition of a line of code to your store.

If, however, you want to look more established, make shoppers feel even more comfortable, and open yourself up to the widest shopping audience possible, you'll need to accept credit cards such as Visa, MasterCard, and American Express. This is…well, less easy. In fact, the process can be pretty involved, which brings me to my next tip…

(MLA 8th Edition)