An upgrade of your current payment system will take place in August 2003. The main features of the upgrade will include a review of our standard payment pages, and an improved payment page editor. The payment system will also provide a platform for exciting initiatives from Visa and MasterCard, designed to make online shopping even more secure. As you are using customised pages, the visible changes to your payment pages themselves will be limited, but you will benefit from:
MasterCard SecureCode and Verified by Visa are online systems that will help reduce fraudulent transactions (which often result in disputes or chargebacks). Using a method similar to a signature on a payment slip in a face-to-face transaction, shoppers will be 'authenticated' by entering a PIN number or password to confirm they are the genuine cardholder. In this way MasterCard SecureCode and Verified by Visa can help stop fraud from taking place - and protect you from some fraud-related chargebacks. Both systems are currently in advanced trials and we plan to make them available to you over the Summer period.
help where you need it
Your shoppers can now access help within the payment pages, to reassure them whilst they buy. The new help files will guide your shoppers through the payment process and offer an on-the-spot answer to that difficult question.
easier to use editor
Our improved page editor makes it even easier to customise your payment pages. For the first time you can use the editor to change text on your payment pages, so you may not need additional technical help.
What you have to do
As you are using customised payment pages, we will migrate all your current page settings to the new payment system. Most of your customised content will remain untouched, but there may be certain files that need your attention. To ensure that migration of your payment pages goes smoothly, we recommend that you take a look at What You Have to Do in the Release Guide. You should:
Preview your payment pages using the Preview System
Check any files that may need your attention in the Migration Log
Back up all your existing files. It is important that you complete this before editing your pages - so if you make a mistake - you can revert to your original version. For more details see Back up and Restore.
Edit if necessary, using the Payment Page Wizard or Payment Page Editor to make further changes to your installation
The Preview System will be available until your upgrade date, at which time we will automatically transfer your pages over to the new payment system. You can, however, set the payment pages live yourself before this date using the Preview System. For more details see Setting Your Pages Live.
We aim to make the upgrade as smooth as possible, and that means keeping you informed every step of the way. We will send you another reminder, with a specific date for your upgrade, in mid-July. We think you'll be impressed with the changes.