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Other necessary components of an overall ecommerce solution include the following:
* A payment gateway -- This is often bundled with the shopping cart merchant account. The payment gateway is Internet software that interfaces with credit card company databases and the ecommerce shopping cart software to process the transaction and check for possible fraud. If your shopping cart merchant account does not come with a payment gateway, it's going to cost you more to get one up and running.
* A web site with a product database -- This will come as part of a web-based ecommerce solution. The database is already web-enabled and ready to be populated with your goods for sale. If you have an existing product database, you will need to convert it to a web-enabled database to make it interface with the rest of the ecommerce software.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|