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Choosing Your Domain Name
This is one of the most under-estimated steps in creating an online business. While a good domain name is not a guarantee for success, it raises the odds and makes online branding easier and more productive.
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Choosing a Registrar
In 1998 Network Solutions lost its government sanctioned monopoly as the sole registrar of domain names.  While it continues to manage the root registry there are a multitude of registrars out there.  more...

Choosing a Shopping Cart
There are numerous shopping cart systems on the market today.  Each cart has its own features but the basic features are the same.  Such basic features include the ability to have a catalog of products, to keep a running basket for the customer, and to capture his payment information as he checks-out securely.  more...

Choosing an Internet Hosting Provider
Since there are many Internet Hosting Providers (IHP) out there all competing for your business, you need to evaluate their offerings and choose the one that best matches YOUR needs.  The IHP that is suitable for one person may not necessarily be good for another.  more... 

Getting a Merchant Account
Before you can accept credit cards, which is about the only reasonable way to conduct e-commerce, you must have a merchant account.  Merchant accounts give you the power to charge people's credit cards so each company will have its own requirements before it will "grant" you an account.  more...

Affiliate Programs
Affiliate programs are extremely useful for any e-commerce venture and should always be considered.  They not only offer you sales potential, but may give you a lot of exposure as well.   Considering that they are always based on pay for performance, they take very little overhead, and if well planned, very minimal time to manage.  more...

Find the Issuing Bank of a Credit Card
Posted by Mandeep Janda on the Miva Merchant Users List.  It will help you identify the issuing bank for any given credit card number and provide you with contact information to verify the authenticity of the credit card holder's identity.   We have to hand it to him... this guy tracked down some seriously useful information. more...

 

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