If you are doing development for Shopify or want a test site to experiment with, you can create a free test site.
There is no way to run Shopify locally on your machine so you would need to create the test site using Shopify. Sign up for a free account here . The partner account is free and open for all, you can create as many test sites as you like using the partner account. Test sites can never become live sites so be careful to only create sites you do not intend to make live down the road.
Once the test site is created, you need to get the theme from your existing store transferred over to the test site. The best way to do this is to use a textmate bundle available here if you have a Mac. If you do not have a Mac, then you would have to do an export and import of the theme following instruction here.
After you have all the files from the theme, set up your textmate to be able to upload the theme to a shopify test store . If you do not have Textmate, you would need to manually upload the theme every time. Another option is to use Watchr and Shopify API to autoamtically upload changes to a store . See here
There you have it.
A credit payment gateway is an application that acts as the middle man between the merchant’s shopping cart and your bank’s networks for your online stores.
The payment gateway authorizes and processes the credit information submitted by your customers. You must have a payment gateway in order to accept payment online unless you use an alternative solution such as Paypal. Paypal in a way acts like a payment gateway but it is in a league of its own.
You would also need a merchant bank account to accept the money the gateway has collected for you. A merchant bank account is like a bank account and you can get it from most banks. You might need a separate account to accept money from different credit card issuers (Visa, MasterCard, Amex etc).
There are many payment gateway providers on the market. There are a few key things to consider:
- Cost: Most of them charge a flat monthly fee and a few percentage of every transactions. So be prepare to lose a few percentage from every transaction when you start to accept credit card payment online.
- Security and reputation: Although all the payment gateways have to pass security requirements such as Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS) imposed by Credit Card issuers, reputation and years in business are still important factors to consider.
- Multi-currency support. If you plan to offer your products internationally, your payment gateway must be equipped to accept different credit cards and currencies, as well as other methods of online payment such as ACH, Interac or bank transfer.