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Lowest Cost Merchant Solution and SSL

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Msg#: 3030014 posted 12:59 pm on Aug 1, 2006 (gmt 0)

I thought the lowest cost solution would be Paypal Pro or Standard and then use Oscommerce shopping cart on one of my Linux servers.

I then realized I would need an SSL certificate on my Centos-Linux box. This seems a bit costly, does anyone have a recommendation of which certificate I should use or an alternative low cost merchant solution?



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Msg#: 3030014 posted 1:19 pm on Aug 1, 2006 (gmt 0)

If I were you, I would pick a reputable "lower cost" SSL company such as Comodo or Thawte.

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Msg#: 3030014 posted 5:32 pm on Aug 1, 2006 (gmt 0)

The cost of the SSL cert itself is pretty much negligible compared to other costs involved in running a merchant account.

That being said, I would avoid Comodo as they are a chained root cert. Thawte and Verisign are overpriced (IMO)

If you are really on a budget, servertastic (google the name) do a single root RapidSSL for $14.95, which is pretty good.

A step up would be a Geotrust SSL cert. EV1 servers do them at a huge discount (about $50 a year) compared to buying direct from GeoTrust. Ev1 also do the RapidSSL for $14.95.

Sorry for the name dropping - provided only as information that might be useful for anyone looking for a cheap SSL cert - I have no affiliation to either company.


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Msg#: 3030014 posted 5:48 pm on Aug 1, 2006 (gmt 0)

The rapidssl from EV1 looks like it will be enough for what I need. I am still however thinking of not spending so much time on this and instead find a low cost turn key solution. The problem with many of the turnkey solutions is that the cart/billing is on their domain along with limited ability to maintain my site layout.

Too bad Paypal does not allow you to point a DNS entry to a hosted solution and allow you to fully modify their template to match your site.

Does anyone has any recommendations in that area? thx.

[edited by: Kahless at 5:48 pm (utc) on Aug. 1, 2006]


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Msg#: 3030014 posted 8:08 pm on Aug 1, 2006 (gmt 0)

As pointed out before when microsoft updates its operating systems if you have this "cheap" ssl a popup window will warn customers there is an issue with this certif. and not trusted... Pay now or pay later better do it right the first time as you may not get another chance,\

Some of the bad thinking about the web
1-traffic in endless wrong
2- they don't know what they are doing wrong again people are getting smarter by the day get a cheap ss cert got a cheap site... Gonna cause issues down the road.

Paypal is ok for ebay and a secound processor but not a primary processor

My advice do it right now set up a SS heck mine was Comodo 99 plus install by hosting Co. GettingaMerchant account was about 400.00 set up and all I use carservice international Not the cheapest but we have only been down less than a week in 4 years...That rigft there makes all the difference in the world...

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