Screen: ShopSite > Commerce Setup > Payment > Configure Processor

Important information about ShopSite and Authorize.Net Security Features

Authorize.Net AIM


If you have an Authorize.Net merchant account, you can configure ShopSite to process credit card orders in real time using Authorize.Net’s Advanced Integration Method (AIM) to communicate with the Authorize.Net servers. Your customers can enter their credit card information (including billing address) on the shipping screen and ShopSite will forward that information to Authorize.Net for verification. If the information is correct and there are funds available to cover the cost of the order, Authorize.Net will tell ShopSite that the order is authorized and ShopSite will display a receipt to the customer.

After you ship an order, you can go to the Orders screen in the back office and select the order and click Bill Orders to start the process to receive payment. ShopSite will send a request to Authorize.Net to capture the funds for that order, and the funds will be transferred to your merchant bank account, usually within a couple of business days.


Authorize.Net has several different programmatic interfaces. This interface uses their AIM API.

Getting Started

Follow the steps below to get started with Authorize.Net.

  1. If you do not already have an Authorize.Net account contact this merchant account provider to obtain a merchant bank account and/or a credit card processing account with Authorize.Net. They are an Authorize.Net reseller and have a program in place just for ShopSite merchants.
  2. Use the account information for your new accounts to fill in the fields in the ShopSite Authorize.Net Settings screen, as explained below.
  3. Begin processing transactions.


From the Commerce Setup screen, select Payment, then scroll down and click the Authorize.Net radio button, then click Configure Processor. You will see a screen with the following fields:

(read only) The name of the Authorize.Net server that will process your transactions.

(read only) The port on the Authorize.Net server to send transaction information to.

Authorize Script

(read only) The path and filename of the script that authorizes transactions.

ARB Host

(read only) The name of the Authorize.Net server that will process your Automated Recurring Billing transactions.

ARB Port

(read only) The port on the Authorize.Net server to send Automated Recurring Billing transaction information to.

ARB Script

(read only) The path and filename of the script that authorizes Automated Recurring Billing transactions.

Automated Recurring Billing (ARB) enabled on your Authorize.Net account

Set this check box to acknowledge that you have Automated Recurring Billing enabled on your Authorize.Net account and to enable Automated Recurring Billing and subscription services for your ShopSite store. After selecting this option, Automated Recurring Billing becomes available as an option in the ShopSite back office for your products. Further information on configuring products to use Automated Recurring Billing can be found on the Add Products page.

ARB Credit Card Update URL

(read only) The URL to update subscription credit card information. By providing this URL with the customer's subscription ID (provided by Authorize.Net) attached to the end, a customer can update their credit card information for subscription-based products. Cancellations must be done by the merchant through Authorize.Net.


You must enter your Authorize.Net login ID and Transaction Key.

API Login ID
Enter your Authorize.Net login ID
Transaction Key
Enter your Authorize.Net Transaction Key here.

Transaction Settings

Order Transaction Type
Specify the type of transaction that you want ShopSite to process when a customer places an order. For most situations, you should leave this set to Authorize Only. If your store sells digital download products, you may want to set this to Authorize and Capture (Sale) to ensure that the funds are actually captured before customers are given access to the online products.
Authorize Only
This is the normal transaction method for ShopSite. When a customer clicks "Submit This Order," ShopSite sends the transaction to Authorize.Net for authorization, the transaction is authorized, and ShopSite is notified of the authorization. A "hold" for the amount of the purchase is placed on the customer's credit card, but the funds are not "captured" until the merchant goes to the Orders screen in ShopSite and clicks Bill Orders.
Authorize and Capture (Sale)
This method authorizes a transaction and captures funds all at once. ShopSite sends a transaction to Authorize. Net for approval, the transaction is approved, ShopSite is notified of the approval, and the transaction automatically settles at the end of the business day without any further action by the merchant. If you select this transaction type, you will not be able to use the Bill Order button on the Orders screen to capture funds because they are captured at the time of the order.
Billing Transaction Type
Specify the type of transaction that you want ShopSite to process when you click the Bill Orders button. For most situations, you should leave this set to Prior Auth Capture.
Transaction Currency
Select a currency type that Authorize.Net will use.
Order Description
This is text to identify that the billing originated with your ShopSite store.
The number of seconds that ShopSite should wait for a response from the Authorize.Net server.
Display CVV2 Entry Box
Check this box to have ShopSite include a text box on the order form for customers to enter the CVV2 value from their credit cards. See the Payment Setup help for an explanation of CVV2.
Require CVV2 Entry
Check this box to make the CVV2 field a required field on the order form.
Display Error Details
Check this box only when setting up a new Authorize.Net account and making test purchases. If there are any problems with the transactions, the customer will see details about the error. Hopefully that customer is you just making test purchases. Turn this option off when you are ready to accept real transactions.

Gateway confirmation email

Send email to customer
Select whether should send a payment confirmation email to the customer. You can select True to send an email, False to not send an email, or you can select Use gateway default setting.
Email address for merchant copy
Enter the email address for the account you want the merchant copy of the gateway confirmation email to go to. If you leave this blank, no merchant copy will be sent.

AVS Setting

Reject on AVS Failure
Click Go to Authorize.Net to open a new browser window where you can log into your Authorize.Net account. From there you can enable the Authorize.Net Address Verification Service for transactions in your account. If the billing address entered by the customer does not match what the Authorize.Net system thinks it should be, the transaction will not be authorized. This is optional; you do not have to enable AVS.

When an AVS check fails, the gateway notifies ShopSite of the failure, but still authorizes the transaction. If you have configured ShopSite to reject on AVS faiure, the order will not go through and no funds will be transferred from the customerís account to the merchant account. However, the gateway still places a "hold" on the customerís account for the amount of the order. The authorization will eventually time out and the hold will be released, but you may see the authorization when you view transactions in your gateway account.

Credit Cards

Supported cards and other payment types Select which credit cards you want to accept payments from. If you are using a real-time payment gateway, you should check to see what cards your gateway accepts, and what the fees for those cards are. Check the box beside the card name to accept payment from that card. You can select any (or all) of the following:
  • Visa
  • MasterCard
  • Discover
  • American Express
  • Diner's Club/Carte Blanche
  • eCheck
  • JCB
CVV2 Help Text Enter the text to be used for the CVV2 Help Link. If your credit card processor is configured to include a CVV2 field with the payment information, this text will be displayed as a link beside the field.
CVV2 Help URL This is the URL to be used for the CVV2 Help Link. When a customer clicks the link beside the CVV2 field, a new window will open to this URL. You can use the default URL or you can create your own page explaining what a CVV2 is and where to find it on a credit card.

Fill in the proper values and click Save and Enable.

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Last updated: February 18, 2014
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