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A comprehensive Guide to Payment

When setting up your online shop you will come across many decisions which need to be taken especially for defining your checkout process. In the following we have summed up for you in chronological order the most important milestones and provided extensive background information which shall guide you through this decision making process.

1. Selecting a Payment Service Provider

When you are about to sell your products or services in an online shop you may need support and expert advice regarding payment and transaction processes, payment methods, acquirers, security standards, etc. For this purpose, the expertise and experience of a payment service provider (PSP) will provide valuable assistance.

As payment service provider which has been operating successfully in the market since 2000 and as independent supplier of payment solutions, Wirecard CEE supports you at every step of your business development, from a first consultation to developing an action plan to enhancing your online shop's conversion rate.

For any queries, questions and guidance our experienced sales teams and support teams will be at your entire disposal.

By selecting Wirecard as your payment service provider you will benefit from a reliable and long-term partnership providing you with useful support in the following areas:

1.1 Scalable services

  • Availability of one interface per solution: payment method mix can be included any time without having to adapt the interface.
  • Stable interface: Wirecard CEE takes care of any changes, adaptations or new versions of interfaces and functions towards financial service providers, i.e. merchants do not need to carry out updates of the interface once integration is completed and no new features and functions are required.
  • Confirmation on the payment status is given right during the checkout process, there is no need to gather this information from third sources.
  • Avoidance of bureaucracy since Wirecard CEE relies on a network of long-standing contacts including acquirers, banks, etc. and will assist you in establishing any contacts necessary.
  • Additional benefits such as support in establishing an online business, counseling, optimization of your online shop, provision of information about latest trends and developments involving mobile, online and offline payment.

1.2 Innovative solutions

  • Thanks to the available interfaces, Wirecard CEE offers many national and international payment methods and provides extensive and modular risk management solutions.
  • Support of over 100 transaction currencies.
  • Profound know-how regarding fraud prevention strategies.
  • Innovations, trends and strategic discussions are addressed during numerous events as well as in our regular newsletters.
  • accept by Wirecard - mobile point-of-sale (mPOS) card acceptance scheme.
  • Wirecard Bank, a fully licensed German bank, as part of the Wirecard Group.
  • Benefit from Wirecard Bank's license to conclude credit card acceptance contracts (acquiring) and issue credit cards including in the EMEA region.
  • Wirecard Bank also supports the payment methods SEPA direct debit as well as invoice with payment guarantee (Invoice by Wirecard).
  • Cooperation and connection with a great number of acquirers in addition to Wirecard Bank.
  • boon - Wirecard's mobile payment solution for payments at every NFC-capable point of sale which accepts Mastercard Contactless.

1.3 Collecting model

  • Availability of a collecting model which allows you to collect payments from various payment methods offered in your online shop to one single bank account. In addition to the contract for the technical configuration which needs to be closed with Wirecard CEE and the collecting contract with Wirecard Bank, only one acceptance contract needs to be concluded with Wirecard Bank which acts as your financial service provider.
  • Please go to collecting and processing models for more information on concluding contracts with financial service providers and specific details for each payment method.

1.4 Quick and easy integration

  • Specialist and experienced assistance in all technical integration-related issues, especially in developing a checkout solution for your online shop, but also in applying solutions for written or telephone orders and non-time critical orders such as catalog orders and subscriptions.
  • Availability of a suite of ready to integrate and free, open source shop plugins for our checkout solutions.
  • Possibility to directly integrate our checkout solutions.

1.5 Global multi-channel platform

  • Availability of an e-money license with issuance of prepaid cards in the UK and the rest of Europe.
  • Range of services includes multi-purpose or closed loop cards, and virtual or plastic cards, innovative prepaid and payout cards or NFC stickers for contactless payment.
  • Pioneering technologies such as mobile point-of-sale terminals (mPOS), mobile wallets, mobile couponing and loyality programs.
  • Wirecard solutions are compatible with nearly all current mobile devices and can be easily integrated into online shops and apps in a user-friendly way.

1.6 Security

  • With Wirecard as PCI DSS compliant third-party payment processor it is much easier for you to comply with the relevant SAQ requested by your acquirer.
  • Risk-free transactions for you and your online consumers since payment details are sent directly to the card issuing banks and financial service providers and are verified in real-time.
  • Using the most modern technology in our data processing center, Wirecard CEE guarantees security as well as the strictest certifications.
  • Data processing center is monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week without any additional costs for you.
  • All our applications are regularly verified and checked by security experts.
  • Strongest encryption standards are applied.
  • Availability of Fraud Prevention Suite for early recognition and prevention of fraud. Transactions are checked against specific blacklists and whitelists. Such lists may include card numbers, IP addresses, IP address ranges, e-mail addresses, etc.

1.7 International stability

  • Wirecard CEE is a 100% subsidiary of Wirecard AG which is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (TecDAX, WDI.DE, ISIN).
  • Product development and support are provided directly by the staff based in Graz, Austria.
  • A multilingual team of native speakers is at your disposal at our office in Graz to assist you in any way possible.
  • Availability of a wide network of integration partners.

We invite you to visit Wirecard CEE or Wirecard AG to learn more about our innovative solutions and product portfolio.

2. Selecting a Wirecard solution

One of the most important issues when establishing your online shop and setting up a checkout solution, is deciding on the Wirecard solution that best suits your business requirements and scenarios.

In this chapter we intend to give you an overview of the different solutions we offer and make you acquainted with their most essential features:

For the sake of completeness it is mentioned that our Wirecard Payment Center is an integral part of all our Wirecard solutions.

Please keep in mind that an enhanced usability of the implemented solution also implies a higher integration effort, and thus a more intense occupation with PCI DSS related issues.

Wirecard Checkout Page

Wirecard Checkout Page is the perfect choice when it comes to minimum integration effort and extensive support of all popular payment methods while at the same time covering many business needs. During the checkout process in your online shop, your consumers are directed to a page hosted by Wirecard to complete the checkout process. If the default design and layout of Wirecard Checkout Page do not fit the design and layout of your online shop, you may modify the design respectively. This is done by customizing some template files in HTML and style sheets in CSS.

The actual payment process, i.e. when your consumer enters the payment details, is always the last step of the entire checkout procedure. After a consumer has successfully completed a payment in your online shop, this payment - depending on the payment method and the configuration settings made by our support teams - is only approved (authorized) and not yet deposited (captured).

In order to receive the funds from your financial service provider, a day-end closing has to be performed of all deposited payments. To prevent the expiration of uncaptured payments you have the possibility to use an automated deposit and day-end closing which is offered as an optional feature of Wirecard Checkout Page and Wirecard Checkout Seamless.

Please have a look at Wirecard Checkout Page for more information and details.

Wirecard Checkout Seamless

When using Wirecard Checkout Seamless, as compared to Wirecard Checkout Page, your consumer stays in your online shop when completing the checkout process and, depending on the selected payment method, enters the relevant payment data in HTML forms in your online shop.

The actual payment process, i.e. when your consumer enters the payment details, must not necessarily be the last step in the checkout process since you may freely decide at which point during the checkout process your consumer is prompted to enter the relevant payment data.

After a consumer has successfully completed a payment in your online shop, this payment - depending on the payment method and the configuration settings made by our support teams - is only approved (authorized) and not yet deposited (captured).

In order to receive the funds from your financial service provider, a day-end closing has to be performed of all deposited payments. To prevent the expiration of uncaptured payments you have the possibility to use an automated deposit and day-end closing which is offered as an optional feature of Wirecard Checkout Seamless and Wirecard Checkout Page.

Furthermore, you have the opportunity to include certain intermediate steps before the purchase is completed. These include the displaying of order overviews, additional consumer-tailored information on discounts and special offers, as well as promotions which are perfectly catered to your consumers' interests and shopping preferences. This way, your consumer is very likely to add further items to the shopping cart which is an effective method of increasing your sales.

This customized handling of the entire checkout process boosts the cross selling and upselling potential of your online shop and is the most outstanding feature of Wirecard Checkout Seamless. Your consumers enjoy additional benefits, highest levels of satisfaction and approval which at the same time significantly enhances the conversion rate of your online shop.

Please find more details at Wirecard Checkout Seamless.

Overview - checkout process in Wirecard Checkout Page and Wirecard Checkout Seamless

The following flow chart outlines the most important steps of a checkout process in an online shop using Wirecard Checkout Page or Wirecard Checkout Seamless and also includes the embedded payment process which is described in step 3.

  1. First, the consumer opens the shopping cart which contains the previously selected items.
  2. Then he enters his personal data and the shipping address into the provided input fields of a form.
  3. Next, the consumer selects one of the available payment methods, enters the required payment method specific data, confirms and commits the payment.
  4. Then the consumer receives information on the result of the payment (see payment process details below). After returning to the online shop, the consumer proceeds with browsing or shopping additional items in the shop which are added to a new shopping basket.

Overview of responsibilites in checkout process

The following charts shall help you to understand which steps in the checkout process are realized by the merchant and which steps are handled by Wirecard.

Wirecard Checkout Page

The selection of payment methods is done by the merchant or by Wirecard when using payment method SELECT, i.e the consumer may select one of the activated payment methods directly within Wirecard Checkout Page.

Wirecard Checkout Seamless

When using Wirecard Checkout Seamless, the entry of sensitive payment data is typically carried out in HTML forms provided by the merchant; the data are then directly transferred to Wirecard to be stored in a secure manner. However, when using Wirecard's “PCI DSS SAQ A Compliance”-feature, the consumer enters credit card relevant data directly in a web form hosted by Wirecard and is then redirected to your online shop.

Overview - payment process as seen by the consumer

From the consumer's point of view, the payment process in Wirecard Checkout Page or Wirecard Checkout Seamless involves the following steps:

  1. First, the consumer selects one of the available payment methods offered in the online shop.
  2. Then he enters the payment method specific payment data or identification data such as credit card number, expiration date, username, password, etc.
  3. Afterwards the consumer commits the payment by clicking a relevant button.
  4. In the end, the consumer receives relevant information on the result of the payment.

Overview - Wirecard Checkout Page and Wirecard Checkout Seamless

The following overview shall provide you with helpful information about Wirecard Checkout Page and Wirecard Checkout Seamless in order to find out which of the two solutions is best suited to meet your business requirements.

Wirecard Checkout Page Wirecard Checkout Seamless
General features
Large number of payment methods available.
Out-of-the-box in more than 35 languages.
Wirecard Payment Center included and available in German, English, Hungarian and Italian.
Shop plugins for many shop systems available.
Customized configuration of payment process and design. 1) 2)
Customized sequence of order and payment process steps.
Maximized cross selling and upselling potential.
Direct integration
Implementation with minimal need for programming.
Interfaces with acceptance banks and financial institutions.
Free and flexible design of entire checkout process in your online shop.
Input fields can be embedded seamlessly into your HTML forms in your online shop.
Custom parameters can be passed through the checkout process.
Security
Handling of all confidential payment data directly by Wirecard.
Optional integration of risk management (Fraud Prevention Suite).
Payment applications and infrastructure fully PCI DSS validated.
No additional PCI-compliance for your online shop is required. PCI DSS SAQ A PCI DSS SAQ A or
SAQ A-EP
Using strongest encryption standards.
Preventing fraud with device recognition and fingerprinting (with Wirecard Bank as acquirer).
Layout and design
Customized checkout regarding layout and design.
Mobile
Smartphone and tablet compatible.
Wirecard Checkout Page Wirecard Checkout Seamless

Wirecard Checkout Terminal

Wirecard Checkout Terminal is the most appropriate solution for your business needs if you are handling real-time critical written (e-mail, fax) or telephone orders based on credit card and SEPA Direct Debit payments without using your online shop's checkout process for this purpose. Payment specific data are not entered in your online shop but recorded in the web-based Wirecard Checkout Terminal interface and processed automatically and immediately while e.g. your consumer is still on the phone. Currently we support credit card, SEPA Direct Debit and recurring payments.

Please note that you need to conclude acceptance contracts with your acquirers who might require you to meet additional and special conditions to fulfill PCI security standards.

Wirecard Checkout Terminal may be used in combination with Wirecard Checkout Page or Wirecard Checkout Seamless or as a stand-alone solution.

Please have a look at Wirecard Checkout Terminal for more information and details.

Wirecard Checkout Automated

Wirecard Checkout Automated, a browser-based web interface, is well tailored to suit your business needs if you are handling non real-time critical transactions such as catalog orders, recurring payments and subscriptions. The payment details of your consumers are prepared in tabular format (e.g. Excel file), uploaded and automatically processed. Credit card and SEPA Direct Debit payments as well as refund and recurring payments are currently supported by Wirecard CEE. Also, all successful transactions are available in the Wirecard Payment Center.

Consumers to your online shop may call your service center and place orders by telling your service center staff the credit card details by phone or by sending in a fax. Therefore you need to conclude acceptance contracts with your acquirers who might require you to meet additional and special conditions to fulfill PCI security standards.

Wirecard Checkout Automated may be used in combination with Wirecard Checkout Page or Wirecard Checkout Seamless or as a stand-alone solution.

Please check Wirecard Checkout Automated for more information and details.

Overview - Wirecard Checkout Terminal and Wirecard Checkout Automated

The following overview shall provide you with helpful information to allow distinction between Wirecard Checkout Terminal and Wirecard Checkout Automated and find out which of the two solutions is best suited to meet your business requirements.

Wirecard Checkout Terminal Wirecard Checkout Automated
General features
Suited for real-time critical transactions.
Support of payment method Credit Card.
Support of payment method SEPA Direct Debit.
Refunds for a specific order (back-end operation).
Creation of a new order by reusing the payment information available in a previous order (recurring payment).
Wirecard Payment Center included and available in German, English, Hungarian and Italian.
Out-of-the-box intuitive user interface in German.
Out-of-the-box intuitive user interface in English.
Out-of-the-box intuitive user interface in Hungarian.
Processing of written or telephone order payment data. Asynchronous Asynchronous
Processing of all incoming payment data with immediate success control.
Web-based and password protected interface that runs on any web browser, no additional software installation needed.
Security
Handling of confidential payment data directly by Wirecard.
Payment applications and infrastructure fully PCI DSS validated.
No additional PCI-compliance for your online shop is required. PCI DSS SAQ C-VT PCI DSS SAQ D
Using strongest encryption standards.
Wirecard Checkout Terminal Wirecard Checkout Automated

Wirecard Payment Center

Wirecard Payment Center is an integral part of all Wirecard CEE solutions. Designed as a bookkeeping interface, Wirecard Payment Center supports the management of your payment transactions (authorizations, cancelations, credits, etc.).

Please check Wirecard Payment Center for more information and details.

3. Using demos prior to integration or installation

Before choosing a Wirecard CEE solution you may want to have a look at our product demos which are available for

We provide specific demo data such as credit card numbers, bank sorting codes, etc. which you may use for demo transactions based on different payment methods.

4. Deciding on shop system

After you have gained a first inside and perhaps pre-selected a Wirecard solution that best suits your requirements, you need to decide which shop system to use for your online shop.

Criteria for shop system selection

The following criteria are intended as guideline to determine which shop system to use for your online shop:

  • What is the current business size?
  • What is the intended future business size?
  • What is your product portfolio for e-commerce?
  • Is online marketing used already?
  • Is there a Content Management System which needs to be integrated?
  • How are different departments such as sales, marketing, and IT going to be integrated?
  • What kind of tools and technologies are already being used and need to be taken into account?
  • Commercial shop system or fee-of-charge shop system?
  • Does the preferred online shop provide sufficient scalability?
  • Do you have a server of your own or to you need a hosted server?
  • Do you need reporting and evaluation tools to handle your product and customer data?
  • What administration features such as data import, update/upgrade processes and automated accounting are suppored by the online shop?

Integration into shop systems

Once you have decided on a shop system, you may integrate one of our solutions via a shop plugin. Optionally you may want to acquire a shop system with an existing Wirecard integration, i.e. a shop system with pre-integration. If you decide to create your own shop system, a direct integration of one of our solutions is required.

Integration via shop plugin

Wirecard CEE offers free open source shop plugins for many popular shop systems which serve as technical connection between your shop system and Wirecard Checkout Page or Wirecard Checkout Seamless. For the installation of a shop plugin, little or no programming work is usually required on your part. All you need to do is download the respective shop plugin, install it to your online shop onto your server, and configure it to your needs.

Wirecard CEE constantly seeks to update and improve the shop plugins to be compatible with the current version of the relevant shop systems.

Each shop plugin supports a certain number of payment methods. Please be aware that some payment methods need additional parameters and actions to be carried out before using them within the plugin.

For more information visit Integration via plugins.

Shop systems with pre-integration

When you do not have a server of your own to run your online shop, you may use a shop system with an existing Wirecard CEE integration. Please note that further software developments and services of the integration are carried out by the shop system manufacturers and that the functions can not verified by Wirecard CEE.

For more information and details visit Shop systems with pre-integration.

Direct integration

When you decide to create your shop system yourself or if no shop plugin is available for your specific shop system, a direct integration of Wirecard Checkout Page or Wirecard Checkout Seamless is possible, which of course, needs some programming work on your part.

The respective integration requirements and steps are described in Wirecard Checkout Page and Wirecard Checkout Seamless.

Integration scenarios

There are three different integration scenarios you might come across:

1. You already have a shop system and Wirecard CEE offers the relevant shop plugin

  • Installation of relevant shop plugin for Wirecard Checkout Page or Wirecard Checkout Seamless to your online shop onto your server.

2. You already have a shop system but Wirecard CEE does not offer any shop plugin for your shop system

  • You or your technical integrator need to integrate Wirecard Checkout Page or Wirecard Checkout Seamless. Please contact our Partner Management Team who will be pleased to recommend a technical integrator to support you. For additional information and details please visit Partner Program.
  • Contact our support teams to inquire about the availability of a plugin since a new plugin might currently be under development.

3. You do not have a shop system and you need technical support

5. Clarifying PCI DSS issues

The Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard (DSS) is a set of rules and guidelines aimed at ensuring a secure handling of sensitive payment data during online transactions.

With Wirecard as PCI DSS compliant third-party payment processor, it is easier for you to comply with the relevant SAQ, SAQ A or SAQ A-EP, requested by your acquirer since no additional PCI-compliance for your online shop is required.

For more information and details on PCI DSS related issues, implications on your online business and applicable PCI DSS SAQs, we invite you to have a look at Securing your online shop.

6. Considerations on back-end operations and payment methods

Back-end operations allow you to use commands which enable various operations to be carried out regarding the orders of your consumers or the payment process itself. These operations are called by a server-to-server request from your web server to the Wirecard Checkout Server. You may either call these operations automatically from the back-end of your online shop or manually from your user interface you have implemented for administration purposes in your online shop, or carry out these operations using the Wirecard Payment Center.

Back-end operations for Wirecard Checkout Page and Wirecard Checkout Seamless are subdivided into two categories:

Transaction-based operations
Transaction-based operations depend on existing orders, i.e. orders which have been completed by the consumers in your online shop and which are at your disposal for further actions.

Non-transaction-based operations
Non-transaction-based operations do not depend on existing orders. I.e. such operations are carried out independently of any existing orders.

As the availability of each back-end operation is, amongst other factors, dependant on the payment methods offered in your online shop, we recommend to first reflect on the interaction of these two factors - back-end operation and payment method. If you for instance handle subscriptions or membership fees, you might be interested in billing a fixed amount of money on a regular basis. Such back-end operations are called recurring payments and are basically supported by payment methods like credit card, PayPal, or SEPA Direct Debit.

For a basic summary of all our transaction-based back-end operations and the payment methods which support these operations visit Available operations per payment method.

Selecting payment methods for your online shop

Deciding on the adequate payment methods is a very important issue in the course of setting up an online shop since consumer acceptance and satisfaction as well as the conversion rate of your online shop are significantly influenced by the available payment methods. Studies3) have shown that a very high percentage of consumers are very likely to cancel the checkout process if their preferred payment method is not offered by the online shop.

We recommend to place the relevant payment method icons right on your website - this is a very effective measure to increase your shop's conversion rate. Information on the available payment methods is very important for your consumers. If the consumer is informed about the available payment methods too late, i.e. when starting the checkout process, consumers tend to cancel the whole process.

We provide description templates both in German and English for several payment methods which you may offer in your online shop. We invite you to use and combine these texts freely to match them with the wording in your online shop.

For further information and assistance please do not hesitate to contact our sales teams or support teams.

Wirecard CEE will gladly support you to enhance your online business and invites you to download the required payment method logos.

Selection criteria for offering the right payment method

When deciding upon the payment methods to be offered in your online shop, you should keep in mind the following considerations:

  • Which payment methods are preferred in your target countries?
  • Which payment methods are popular with your target consumers?
  • Which payment methods are popular with your target age group?
  • Which payment methods are best suited for the consumer devices used by your target consumers?
  • Which payment method is suitable to achieve high conversion rates?
  • Which payment methods are appropriate for your specific business model, e.g. retail or digital goods?
  • Do your preferred payment methods support the back-end operations you need?
  • What kind of products do you sell online? E.g. cards with 3-D Secure are advisable for digital goods.
  • Do you expect a high or low amount of fraudulent transactions?

Consumer preferences

As studies conducted in Germany show 4), preferences for certain payment methods differ by gender, age, high and low income earners, and level of experience with online shopping:

Criteria Preferences
Gender Credit card and PayPal are preferred by men.
Invoice is the most popular payment method amongst women.
Age E-payment methods are preferred by consumers below 26 years of age.
Credit cards are fairly widespread in the 26 to 55 age group.
Invoice is perceived as most suitable payment method by consumers aged 55 and over.
High and low income Credit card is preferred by target consumer segments with high income.
Invoice and installment are selected as payment method mainly by low income earners.
Online shopping experience PayPal is the preferred payment method for consumers who are experienced online shoppers.
Invoice is used by consumers who are less familiar with online shopping.

Consumer preferences vs business model requirements

When it comes to deciding between the payment methods preferred by your consumers and the payment methods that best suit your business needs, some difficulties might arise in aligning the interests of the parties involved. E.g. while consumers prefer invoice, PayPal and SEPA Direct Debit as payment methods, your might prefer payment in advance because of the maximum protection against payment default, like eps Online-Überweisung, giropay and Sofort.

It is thus advisable to offer in your online shop a payment method mix which is aimed both at fulfilling your business model requirements and suiting the preferences of your target consumers. Online shops offer on average between five and seven different payment methods in order to meet their consumers' needs and to keep conversion rates high.

Please contact our sales teams for more information and expert advice on the best payment method mix suited for your requirements.

Payment methods - selection criteria

The following two tables shall provide you with a summary of different payment methods and their essential features as seen from a merchant's and consumer's perspective.

Merchant perspective

While credit cards rank as the most popular payment method for consumers in e-commerce, merchants favor credit cards which include the 3-D Secure feature because of the enhanced fraud prevention and liability shift reducing the risk for merchants regarding payment defaults. I.e. during the checkout process, the consumer first enters the credit card number. A connection is established to the card issuer and the consumer is prompted to enter the 3-D Secure code which is only known to him in order to prove that he is the authorized card holder. After successful authentication, the transaction is authorized.

This table provides you with the top features that merchants expect from a payment method and lists which payment methods fulfill the respective feature.

Payment method Mobile Recurring Refund Call center 1-step and/or 2-step process
Suitable for mobile devices. Suitable for recurring payments, e.g. subscriptions. Possibility to issue refunds (credit notes). Suitable for mail and telephone orders. Distinction between authorized and captured payments and possibility to perform certain actions for each of them.
Credit cards
Credit cards without 3-D Secure yes yes 5) yes yes yes
Credit cards with 3-D Secure medium yes 6) yes no yes
Online banking
Sofort. yes yes 7) via transferFund no no
eps Online-Überweisung no no no no no
giropay yes no no no no
iDEAL yes yes 8) via transferFund no no
Przelewy24 yes no no no no
TatraPay no no no no no
Trustly no no no no no
POLi yes no no no no
Bancontact yes no no no no
Alternative payments - wallets
ePay.bg yes no no no no
moneta.ru yes no yes no no
PayPal yes yes 9) yes no yes 10)
Skrill Digital Wallet yes no via transferFund no no
Prepaid
paysafecard yes no no no yes
Invoice with payment guarantee
by payolution yes no yes yes yes
by RatePAY yes no no yes yes
by Wirecard yes no yes yes yes
Installment with payment guarantee
by payolution yes no yes no yes
by RatePAY yes no no no yes
Direct Debit
SEPA Direct Debit yes yes 11) yes 12) yes yes 13)
Mobile payments
paybox yes no yes no yes
Payment method Mobile Recurring Refund Call center 1-step and/or 2-step process

Payment methods and countries

The table regions and countries shows a summary of the payment methods we offer as well as the countries and regions in which these payment methods are available.

7. Integrating solution or installing shop plugin, using demo and test mode

This chapter provides you with information on the integration or installation of our solutions as well as on the various possibilities to apply our demo and test modes.

7.1 Integration or installation

To integrate or install your selected Wirecard solution follow the steps described in our installation guides and user manuals:

Installation of shop plugins

Integration guide Wirecard Checkout Page

Integration guide Wirecard Checkout Seamless

User manual Wirecard Checkout Automated

User manual Wirecard Checkout Terminal

For more information on shop systems with an existing Wirecard CEE integration we invite you to visit Shop systems with pre-integration.

7.2 Demo mode and test mode

In order to check your integration of Wirecard Checkout Page or Wirecard Checkout Seamless in your online shop we offer a demo mode and test mode.

Since in demo mode there is no communication with your financial service provider but only between your online shop and Wirecard Checkout Page or Wirecard Checkout Seamless, it is required that you have a connection to the Internet to gain access to Wirecard Checkout Page or Wirecard Checkout Seamless. The payment process is only simulated and no money is transferred. Also remember that your executed payments are not displayed in the Wirecard Payment Center.

Unlike demo mode, during test mode there is communication between your online shop and a test bank or demo bank provided for this purpose by the corresponding financial service provider. However, the payment process is only simulated and no money is transferred.

For further information as well as details on the available payment method specific demo data and test data we invite you to visit demo mode and test mode for Wirecard Checkout Page and demo mode and test mode for Wirecard Checkout Seamless.

8. Closing contracts

As a next step you need to close the necessary contracts with Wirecard CEE and your financial service providers in order to go live.

8.1. Contract with Wirecard CEE

From a technical point of view, every payment request needs to be processed by Wirecard CEE as your payment service provider for which you need to conclude a contract for the technical implementation of your desired solution, required payment methods, additional features and transaction packages which are specifically tailored to your business needs. Based on the details of your contract, our support team will then set up your merchant account configuration matched to your requirements.

For detailed information regarding the contractual terms, please contact our sales teams.

8.2. Contract with financial service provider

During the checkout process, Wirecard CEE transmits the relevant payment information to the respective financial service provider (FSP), the payment is approved or denied and corresponding information is sent back to Wirecard CEE. The processed amount is then transferred to your merchant account by the financial service provider.

Typical financial service providers are credit card companies, banks and banking systems. Their field of activities include accepting money transfer requests, approval or denial of transactions and processing of payments.

From a merchant's perspective, an acceptance contract needs to be concluded with the relevant financial service provider for any payment method offered in the online shop, the so called processing model. An acceptance contract contains information on the account to which the financial service provider will transfer the processed amounts, rules and regulations as well as the payment details like time limits and disagios.

We also provide a collecting model for which only one contract needs to be concluded with Wirecard Bank which acts as your acquirer and consolidates all payment flows to one bank account. I.e. this model allows you to collect payments from various payment methods to one single bank account.

Please visit collecting and processing models to obtain more information and details.

After having signed a contract with the financial service provider(s), you or the financial service provider need to forward to us the relevant contract details. Our support team then includes these details into your merchant account configuration and performs tests to verify the proper processing of payments. Only after the proper processing of payments is ensured, our support team forwards to you by fax or e-mail the respective data which are necessary for activation as well as a summary of all payment methods that will be enabled in your online shop.

The activation data include two important pieces of information:

  1. Data which you need to save in your integration in order to go “live”. To switch from demo mode to live operation you need to remove the customerId, secret and possibly shopId which you used in demo mode and replace them with the corresponding activation data.
  2. Access data to the Wirecard Payment Center to view and manage all successful transactions.

Once these procedures have been performed, your consumers may successfully complete the checkout process in your online shop and, depending on the details of your acceptance contract, you will receive the corresponding funds from your financial service provider.

The following table shall provide an overview of financial service providers that work together with Wirecard, relevant contact information and the payment methods they support:

Supported payment method Financial Service Provider Contact information
Credit cards







Wirecard Bank AG







☎ +43 316 813681-1900
acquiring.at@wirecard.com


SIX Payment Services (Austria)


☎ +43 1 71701-6178
e-commerce.austria@six-payment-services.com


hobex AG - payment systems


☎ +43 662 2255-333
vertrieb@hobex.at
Diners Club Österreich ☎ +43 1 50135–18
partner@dinersclub.at



card complete Service Bank AG



☎ +43 1 71111-402
ecom@cardcomplete.com
American Express Austria ☎ +43 800 900921
Amex.Neukundenservice@aexp.com
Online banking
Information on financial service providers and contacts are provided by STUZZA. eServices contacts provided by STUZZA
iDEAL ☎ 43 316 813681-1900
acquiring.at@wirecard.com

Sofort. ☎ +43 1 3619990-13
k.brand@sofort.com
Wirecard Bank AG ☎ +43 316 813681-1900
acquiring.at@wirecard.com
Invoice with payment guarantee

Wirecard Bank AG ☎ +43 316 813681-1900
acquiring.at@wirecard.com
payolution ☎ +43 1 2360230100
sales@payolution.com
RatePAY ☎ +43 316 813681-1900
acquiring.at@wirecard.com
Installment with payment guarantee
payolution ☎ +43 1 2360230100
sales@payolution.com
RatePAY ☎ +43 316 813681-1900
acquiring.at@wirecard.com
Alternative payments - wallets
PayPal S.à.r.l. et Cie, S.C.A. ☎ +49 30 408181900
nspieler@paypal.com 14)
Prepaid
paysafecard ☎ +43 1 7208380326
emiliya.georgieva@paysafe.com
Direct Debit

Wirecard Bank AG ☎ +43 316 813681-1900
acquiring.at@wirecard.com
hobex AG - payment systems ☎ +43 662 2255-333
vertrieb@hobex.at
Mobile payments


paybox Bank AG
☎ +43 1 42727-31905
bozica.krajnjanovic@payboxbank.at

For specific information on financial service providers and acquirers for credit cards who work together with Wirecard we invite you to have a look at these two tabular overviews:

Our sales teams are happy to help you to establish contact with your preferred financial service providers.

8.3. Collecting model

When our collecting model is used, only one acceptance contract needs to be concluded with Wirecard Bank which acts as your financial service provider and consolidates all payment flows to one bank account. In addition, you also need to close a collecting model contract with Wirecard Bank and a contract for the technical configuration with Wirecard CEE.

For more information and a tabular overview we invite you to have a look at collecting model and supported payment methods.

9. Filling out relevant SAQ

To ensure the highest level of data security, your acquirer for credit card payments will request you to fill out a specific Self-Assessment Questionnaire (SAQ) prior to concluding an acceptance contract with you. The handling and management of sensitive payment data in online shops is always a crucial issue in fulfilling the relevant SAQs and obtaining PCI-compliance. However, there is no need for your online shop to handle or store sensitive data since all necessary financial and personal data required for the checkout process are handled by Wirecard.

Also, when choosing Wirecard as your PCI-compliant third-party payment processor, it becomes much easier for you to comply with the relevant SAQ requested by your acquirer and no additional PCI-compliance for your online shop is required.

There are various SAQ versions available for your acquirer to select from which best suit your business profile.

For more information and details on SAQs in general and applicable SAQs for different Wirecard solutions, we invite you to have a look at Securing your online shop.

10. Optimizing your online business

We have developed a series of helpful tips and recommendations on how to optimize your online shop in order to increase your conversion rate and achieve utmost consumer satisfaction.

For further information and details we invite you to read Optimize your online business. Useful tips.

We wish you a lot of success with your online business!

For any queries you may have regarding our solutions we invite you to contact our sales or support teams.

If you have any suggestions or recommendations that will help to improve our technical solutions or documentation, please let us know!

1) Only design
2) Process and design
5) , 6) , 9) , 11) Has to be authorized by the respective financial service provider.
7) , 8) recurPayment is effected as payment method SEPA Direct Debit, i.e. you need to support SEPA Direct Debit.
10) Configuration by PayPal required.
12) This feature is only available with Wirecard Bank.
13) Depending on financial service provider.
14) D-A-CH region

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