Frequently Asked QuestionsWhat is the difference between a payment processor and a gateway?
The payment processor is a service that communicates transaction information between the merchant, the issuing bank, and the acquiring bank. A payment gateway is primarily used as a tool for e-commerce or card-not-present transactions. In other words, it is essentially a point-of-sale terminal for online transactions. The difference is a payment processor facilitates the transaction and a payment gateway is a tool that communicates the approval or decline of transactions between you and your customers.
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