Choosing the Right Online Event Payment Platform

With the year 2012 coming to a close very soon, you are looking at a month full of events ahead of you. Not just personal holiday parties, a number of corporate events and fundraisers are hosted during this time too. The Christmas season imbibes a spirit of goodwill and giving and individuals tend to be more inclined to making contributions and donations visit at this time of the year. Hence, to make the means of processing these payments for your events and social fundraisers much more streamlined and methodical, it is best to opt for online event payment platforms.

Online payment systems have been around in the market for quite some time now. If you are relatively new to this domain, then indulge in some quality research before you decide on a particular payment gateway. However, prior to this exercise, ensure that you have a dedicated event website or at-least a webpage in place that may be linked to the event payment page.

Choose an easy option like PayPal:

If it’s a really basic website that you have designed, choose the easiest online payment option for it. PayPal is a popular mode of online monetary transactions that does not require for you to have a separate payment gateway in place. It directly links your website to a bank that can do away with the requirements of a shopping cart as an independent entity. All you need to do it to set up a merchant account so that PayPal as a gateway can process and transfer payments by directly setting up a link between your website and the bank account.

Look up a Third Party Service Provider:

There are a number of third-party service providers that can provide you access to their individual payment gateways. Through a majority of these platforms, you will have the option to process payments via multiple routes like credit cards, wire transfers, or even PayPal. In exchange for using their platform, the service provider will deduct a fee or a service charge. Most third-party agencies such as these transfer payments to a dedicated bank account on a periodic basis. The bank account details are to be given to the service provider whilst setting up the online payment gateway account. The popular online payment systems today are:

· Amazon Payments

· Google Checkout


Opt for a complete Event Management System:

In addition to the above means of online event payment management, you can opt for a complete automation of the event management processes which in most such solutions has an online payment platform built into the application. The solution mechanizes the event registration system via the creation of online registration forms through its selection of available event templates. The entire set-up takes less than 20 minutes; you are good to publicize the event to the world post making the form live on your event website. The registration forms are usually linked to the payment processing interface which will have options for both online modes like credit cars, wire transfers and PayPal and offline payments like paper checks or purchase orders along with a choice of making full or part payments too.