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We have a new WordPress website and need to move to a Unix server. We use Intuit (QuickBooks) to process credit cards. Does anyone know of a WordPress-friendly  ISP that can back-end into Intuit so we can accept credit card payments automatically?
 
Ann Drinan
Executive Director
CONCORA
Hartford Connecticut
Replies (6): Threaded | Chronological
on September 22, 2013 6:19am
Not to be intentionally picky, but I think you mean that you need to move to a Linux-based server, rather than Unix. I don't think you'll want to have your pages "back-end" directly into Intuit. Rather, I think they'd prefer that you use one of their approved shopping cart and/or hosting partners, listed on this page:
 
 
Among those are Ultracart and PDG Software, both of which have shopping carts that integrate with WordPress. PDG mentions it right on their home page: http://www.pdgsoft.com/
 
It looks like you've already got a shopping cart for selling tickets on your current WordPress-based site--where are those transactions going now, if not into your Intuit system?
on September 22, 2013 6:34am
You may want to look at Dreamhost.
on September 22, 2013 12:23pm
Thanks so much for your repoly, and yes, of course I meant Linux.
 
We have an arcane system now that saves orders in a dababase on a secure server. We then log in and print these orders, and enter them manually into QuickBooks. I called Intuit and they were absolutely no help.
 
Our current ISP is a Windows server, and our new website runs as slow as molasses. Plus I'm not certain just how secure their server is. Thus we need to move to a new ISP, and set up a proper shopping cart.
 
I'll take a look at your suggestions. I truly appreciate your time in writing back.
Ann
on September 22, 2013 12:24pm
I certainly will. Thank you!
on September 22, 2013 2:33pm
Three things:
 
1. NEVER print out credit card numbers--that's not PCI compliant as any banking institution you deal with will tell you. I've had to educate my day job colleagues on this--they used to have people mail in event registration forms with not only the CC numbers, but also the CVV security codes....those shouldn't be handled on paper.
 
2. I'd dump Intuit if they're not helpful. There are plenty of third-party ticketing providers for arts organizations. One popular option is "Brown Paper Tickets," but the provider my choir uses (I sing with the Phoenix Chorale) is "Arts People" (formerly "Ticket Turtle") at: https://arts-people.com/  To use a solution like that, you simply build buttons that link to their shopping cart--there's no need to host the shopping cart on your own site.
 
3. The suggestion made my Matthew to look at Dreamhost might be good, in that they offer free hosting to nonprofits (here's their Wiki page about that: http://wiki.dreamhost.com/Non-profit_Discount ). One caveat--the performance on shared-hosting servers like that might not meet your needs, but it's probably worth a try, as it's pretty easy to move a WordPress-based site.
on February 24, 2014 11:33am
I would also look into Peatix, which is another third-party ticketing site that a lot of choirs seem to like. Here are a few concerts I've attended or will be attending:
 
 
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