How Do I Accept Payments on my Website? Part 5

The adventure with Magento for web payment came to a crashing end faster than I thought. Like my previous post explained, Magento is extremely powerful and highly configurable. However, it doesn’t lend itself to ease of deployment or management.

It has just way too many settings and configurations that could drive even a mad man insane. For the middling developers, the structure is bloated and cumbersome with thousands of files and annoying folder structure.

So I’m giving up on it for a while to try another approach. Maybe it would be osCommerce, OpenCart, etc. my research should tell me. But whether I like it or not, we have to crack this online payment experiment.

In the midst of my frustration, I have left my friend, fellow executive guinea-pig extremely angry and taciturn.

But it seems I’m not alone. As far back as 2009, Magento has been driving people nuts.

How do I Accept Payments on my Website? Part 4

The adventure to put up an ecommerce website has been a very exciting one. Or maybe that’s what I wished for.

I got the website up and running with great support from; slapped on an SSL; got a merchant account from the bank and also the integration document.

Then it stopped looking like an adventure.

Magento is powerful, indeed powerful enough to run some of the most complex shopping websites out there. In fact, I have a friend who’s contracted some dudes in India to help him use Magento for an online shopping mall.

Magento has settings for apparently everything under the sun. Getting the basic shop online has been one hell of a job that I’m still grappling with. There are gazillion settings and codes and parameters and yada yada to check and configure.

Or maybe I’m getting old and em, em, gray and this is for script kiddies. Or maybe not.

The good news is I should get this fixed before the end of the week and then we can put a pretty makeup of a nice theme on it.

Until then I need more than 5 truckloads of luck.

How do I Accept Payments on my Website? Part 3

I finally dragged myself out of an immense lethargy to continue with my experiment.

A quick read-up on Magento (trolling the web for reviews) shows that one needs to get a decent hosting package to get the best out of it. I searched for a reasonable hosting (reasonable meaning I wouldn’t be putting up my neighbors for sale to pay for the hosting) and decided on They have a mix of good pricing and features. Awoof dey run belle!

A background check is important as a bad host can ruin you. If you are not the reading type, trust me, you are on your own.

Before paying, I ran some checks on customer service. This is actually to confirm the high reviews they have online. You can always know the quality of support of any company by trying to chat or talk to customer service. If they treat you less than stellar, ask for the exit.

I was pleasantly surprised by the customer service checks. I tried to pay, but then some dude called me to confirm that realness. I don’t know why; maybe it’s the standard practice or the location of my IP. Anyway, I’m legit, so I paid. The best payment method is using your debit card (credit cards still don’t show up regularly around here). But if your bank doesn’t offer a card (MasterCard or Visa) that can be used anywhere in the world, then you are out of luck.

Alternatively, you could try using prepaid. You can buy a Naira Visa prepaid card from any UBA branch. It costs just N1,500. When you are done with buying whatever you want online, you can still rock the card anywhere in the world. Provided you fund it, that should be obvious.

Setup was easy. They did the installation free of charge, and it was painless.
You also need to slap an SSL on top of the website if any bank would take you seriously. Actually, it is standard that you must have an SSL for a shopping website. Would you shop in a mall when you can get easily mauled? Get it? An SSL cost as much as hosting so, please double your budget.

The next stage would be to get a merchant ID and collection account from a bank. The payment gateway I want to use is called Consolidated Internet Payment Gateway (CIPG). It’s available from some 6 banks or so. It consolidates all the available payment options in Nigeria today, ETranzact, MasterCard, Verve, and Visa, into a single page. The alternative would be to integrate with InterSwitch, ValuCard, and ETranzact independently. Trust me; you will be dead before you are done.

By the way, it is not related to Consolidated Breweries, even though the config can make you feel dizzy sometimes.

That’s enough for today. Once the bank processes the form, we can start with the integration.

Wish me luck.