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Do you support PCI compliance?

The short answer is that A2 Hosting does not support PCI compliance. However, you can use a third-party shopping cart API (application programming interface) on your site to ensure PCI compliance.

About PCI compliance

Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliance is a proprietary security standard that is intended to protect customer information for various types of payment cards (credit cards, debit cards, etc.). Any company that accepts, processes, or stores credit card information must be PCI compliant. Failure to comply with PCI security standards can result in heavy fines, restrictions, or permanent expulsion from card acceptance programs.

Although A2 Hosting does not directly support PCI compliance, several third-party providers have PCI-compliant shopping cart APIs that you can use in your own e-commerce applications.

Third-party providers

The following providers offer PCI-compliant shopping cart APIs that you can use on your A2 Hosting account.

PayPal

PayPal is a popular online payment processor with well-established APIs. For more information about PayPal APIs, please visit https://developer.paypal.com.

PayPal can also integrate with various content management systems (CMS) and shopping cart applications. For example, for information about how to set up PayPal payments on a WordPress site, please see this article.

For general information about PayPal, please visit https://www.paypal.com.

2Checkout

2Checkout is PCI Level 1 certified, the highest possible certification level. Their API supports many programming languages, including PHP, Python, and Ruby.

2Checkout also integrates with many different content management systems (CMS) and shopping cart applications, such as Drupal, Magento, oSCommerce, and Open Cart. To view a complete list of supported applications, please visit https://www.2checkout.com/online-shopping-carts.

For information about how to set up 2Checkout on WordPress, please see this article.

For general information about 2Checkout, please visit https://www.2checkout.com.

Stripe

Stripe is PCI Level 1 certified, the highest possible certification level. Their API intregrates with PHP, Python, Ruby, and more.

For more information about Stripe, please visit https://stripe.com.

CDGcommerce

CDGcommerce integrates with many different content management systems (CMS) and shopping cart applications. It also offers a “1-step” solution for PCI-compliant processing.

For more information about CDGcommerce, please visit http://www.cdgcommerce.com.

More Information

For general information about PCI compliance standards, please visit https://www.pcisecuritystandards.org.