Technical Info2020-11-10T19:50:55+00:00

What is Webmail?

It is an email system in which a user can access their emails via a browser on any computer or device that is connected to the Internet.  There is nothing to install.

  • You access your email directly on your providers’ email server where it is stored.
    It will remain there until you delete it.

  • An internet connection is required.
    If you can’t connect for any reason, your email is not accessible to you.

  • You access your email directly on your providers’ email server.

  • It is a powerful tool as it allows you to send and receive email from anywhere in the world using any device as long as you have an internet-connected web browser.

  • Some of the webmail websites may not provide some of the advanced features and functionality you get from using an email client such as Microsoft, Outlook or Apple Mail.

  • Popular webmail service providers include Gmail, Yahoo and Hotmail.

  • It is not uncommon for email providers to change their interface. You have no control over it and have no choice but to deal with it.

  • The servers of the email service you use are the ONLY place your email is stored.  If anything happens to that email, it’s lost forever so it is vital to take additional steps to back it up.

  • You have restrictions on the amount of email you can keep. This varies greatly from provider to provider, as do the consequences of exceeding your allowance or “quota”.

What is an Email Client?

An email client is a program that is installed on your computer which lets you send or receive emails by connecting to your email service and downloading it to your computers hard disk.

  • You don’t need an internet connection to read previously downloaded emails, but to send and receive new messages you do.

  • There are many different email programs to choose from with the most popular being Microsoft Office Outlook and Apple Mail.

  • Email clients must be configured to work with your providers email servers.  While configuration is not a difficult task an email client must be configured on every device you want to use.

  • Since your email is downloaded to your computer, you have the ability to back it up. With an appropriate backup strategy, you need never lose email.

  • The amount of email you keep, and where you keep it, is limited only by your computer’s own hard disk space, additional storage you provide, and your ability or willingness to manage it.

All email travels over the internet and is stored on email servers.
An email server can belong to a webmail provider like Gmail, an internet service provider like Telstra or a web-hosting provider like GoDaddy.

Think of your email server as a post office where your mail is collected and stored until it is delivered to you.

Webmail and email clients are two ways you can receive email.

What is Hybrid?: online and downloaded

With the proliferation of devices on which we access our email, the restrictions of having email downloaded and available on only one machine (the PC in our home) has  become cumbersome. Fortunately, there’s an approach that allows us the best of both worlds.

  • Use a web-based email service to access your email from any computer on the internet.
  • Use a PC-based email program to download a copy of your email, using a
    A protocol is a formal process of communication between two entities – usually computer programs running on the same or different computers. It’s often called the “language” used by those entities.
    (Click on the term for full definition.)


    called “IMAP”.

In the download-only scenario above, the desktop email program uses a protocol called “POP3”, which literally downloads the single copy of your email, removing it from the server. IMAP is designed to download a copy, and then keep the copy of your email automatically synchronized with the contents of your email on the web server. IMAP operates best with continuous connectivity, which we tend to take for granted these days.

As a bonus, this hybrid approach works as a great solution for backing up your email. By fetching a copy of your email to your PC, you’ve effectively created a backup. If you then also back up your PC, as you should, you’re covered even better.

A word about free email

To many people, “web mail” is synonymous with “free email”, but that’s not the case.

Free email services, like, Gmail, Yahoo!, and others, certainly provide web-based interfaces — perhaps even as their primary or preferred interface — but all can be used by desktop email programs that download your email to your PC.

Similarly, many services that you pay for — such as the email provided by your ISP — might most often be used by desktop email programs, but also often offer a web-based interface.

The important thing to remember about free email services is this: you get what you pay for. Typically, that means little to no customer service, and not much help should something go wrong.

What I do

Since this article was originally written, I’ve probably accessed email just about every way possible. Today, my approach is based on the hybrid approach I mentioned above:

  • Email sent to any of my email addresses is fetched by a Gmail account. Gmail has the best spam filter I’m aware of, and the web-based interface acts as my primary means of dealing with all my email.
  • I run Thunderbird, configured to use IMAP to download a backup copy of my email, on one of my machines .

What should you do?

I can’t say what you should do. It really depends on your needs, as well as how comfortable you are with the alternatives.

Regardless of which approach you take, I caution you to pay attention to backing up your email regularly. By far the most common issues I hear of relating to email loss could be avoided had the individuals in crisis backed up.

We depend on email for a surprising number of things and using a domain email address will show your customers that you are a serious business. The host provider that LPWebs uses offers a free webmail system for unlimited email addresses.  Webmail is hosted on the email providers server therefore storage space tends to be very limited.  If you want to send emails with large attachments, or need lots of memory for your inbox, then webmail is probably not the best option for you.

What is an email client?


All email travels over the internet and is stored on email servers.

An email server can belong to a webmail provider like Gmail, an internet service provider like Telstra or a web-hosting provider like GoDaddy.

Think of your email server as a post office where your mail is collected and stored until it is delivered to you.

Webmail and email clients are two ways you can receive email.

With webmail, the email is stored on your webmail providers email servers and remain there until you delete it.  To read or send an email you connect to the internet and login to a website that provides access to your email account.  When you use webmail you are directly accessing your email on your providers’ email server.  Webmail is a powerful tool as it allows you to send and receive email from anywhere in the world using any device as long as you have an internet-connected web browser.

Popular webmail service providers include gmail, yahoo and hotmail.

While this incredible ease of access and flexibility make webmail very appealing, its important to remember your email messages remain on your providers email servers so you must be able to access their website to access your email.  If you don’t have internet connectivity or your internet servers go down, you may not be able to access your mail.

Think of webmail as a PO Box that you rent at your local post office.  The postoffice collects and keeps your mail safe until you are ready to retrieve it. However if the postoffice is closed you can’t access your PO Box and you have to wait until it re-opens to retrieve your mail.

In addition, some of the webmail websites may not provide some of the advanced features and functionality you get from using an email client such as microsoft. outlook or applemail.

So Webmail or email client – not sure which is right for you?  Some email solutions like office 365 allow you to enjoy both the freedom from webmail access and the ability to utilise email clients like microsoft outlook and applemail


An email client is a software program that you install on your computer that allows you to interact with an email server.  To send or receive new email, an email client must be connected to the internet and configured to access your service providers email servers.  The email client retrieves your mail from your providers servers and downloads it to your computers hard drive.  Once the client has retrieved your email, you can read it at your convenience and continue to access it even when you are not online.  Popular email clients include Microsoft outlook and apple mail.

Think of your email client as your postal carrier.  Every day your carrier retrieves your mail from the post office and brings it directly to your home. so you can view it whenever it is convenient for you.  Your mail stays with you until you throw it away.

By storing emails locally as opposed to on the servers of a webmail provider an email client ensures you always have access to the messages you have received.  Local storage also means you control the backup of all your messages, contacts and folders.  With local storage, you can easily move your email to another provider.

Email clients are not without their own challenges.  Email clients must be configured to work with your providers email servers.  While configuration is not a difficult task an email client must be configured on every device you want to use.


SMTP stands for “SIMPLE MAIL TRANSFER PROTOCOL” and is the protocol that allows you to send email to a mail server.

Specifically, the SMTP protocol is used to send email from an email client to your email providers mail server and to send mails between two mail servers on the internet.  When you use a free email provider, your email address uses their domain name (eg or,  and in turn, they allow you to use their email servers.  If you use their webmail site to read and send email they handle the email server settings that direct your incoming and outgoing emails however if you want to use a local email client like Microsoft outlook or apple mail you will need to enter your email providers incoming and outgoing settings when you set up your client.  The incoming server setting tells the email client where it can retrieve your email from and the outgoing server setting tells the email client where it can send your email to.

The outgoing server setting is also known as the SMTP server setting. It is the protocol that allows you to send emails from an email client to a mail server.  Once on a senders outgoing mail server, SMTP uses the domain name in an email address to locate the recipients’ email server where the email remains until the recipient receives it.

For example, your email address is (which uses Gmail as the free email service provider) but you prefer using the email client Outlook for composing, reading and sending your email.  To make sure Outlook can communicate with Gmails mail servers, you must enter Gmails email servers settings when you configure Outlook.  When you write an email to a and press send, Outlook sends your email address, your friends email address and the body of the message to Gmails SMTP server.  Upon receipt, the Gmail SMTP server breaks your friends email address into two parts:  the recipient id (what displays in front of the @ sign) and the domain name (what displays after the @ sign).  The Gmail SMTP server then goes out to the internet and through a series of server conversations locates the SMTP server for the domain name  The Gmail SMTP server passes the email to the Yahoo SMTP server where it remains until your friend accesses her yahoo account and retries the email.


What is the difference between POP3 (Post Office Protocol) and IMAP (Internet Message Access Protocol) email?

They are the two most common incoming email protocols.

POP was created as a simplified way to download and delete email messages on a remote email server.  POP3 is supported by almost all email clients and servers,  Using POP an internet-connected email client accesses a remote mail server, downloads all email to your local computer and marks the messages for deletion on the email server.  This means the messages you retrieve using POP can only be in the specific email client on the specific computer that you downloaded them to.  Once downloaded you cannot access these email via webmail or a different email client on another computer.

IMAP was designed to free us from the limits of sending and receiving from a single email client.  In contrast to POP, IMAP allows you to login to any internet-connected email client or a webmail client and view all of the same emails at any time.  In a constantly connected world, the ability to send and receive emails from both email clients and webmail sites has made IMAP very popular.  With IMAP, your email is stored on your email providers server until you delete it. While this makes email access convenient, some providers limit the amount of email you can store on their servers and may temporarily supsend email services if you exceed this amount.

While POP and IMAP are not the only incoming server settings, they are the most common. The type of incoming email server you have is primarily dependent on the type of email account you have and where you purchased it so find out which type of incoming email server you are using and if it’s not meeting your needs you always have the option to change it.


There are three different roles involved in the domain name registration process: The registry, registrar and registrant.

Registry: A domain name registry is an organization that manages top-level domain names. They create domain name extensions, set the rules for that domain name, and work with registrars to sell domain names to the public. For example, VeriSign manages the registration of .com domain names and their domain name system (DNS).

Registrar: The registrar is an accredited organization, like GoDaddy, that sells domain names to the public. Some have the ability to sell top-level domain names (TLDs) like .com, .net and .org, or country-code top-level domain names (ccTLDs) such as .us, .ca and .eu.

Registrant: A registrant is a person or company who registers a domain name. Registrants can manage their domain name’s settings through their registrar. When changes are made to the domain name, their registrar will communicate the changes to the registry to be updated in the registry’s database. When you register a domain name, you become a registrant!

Overseeing the entire domain name system is the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN. ICANN is a non-profit organization responsible for coordinating domain names, IP addresses and DNS. They make sure IP addresses and domains are unique so we can avoid duplicates. They also accredit registrars so they can offer domains to register.

What is a domain name registrar?

A domain name registrar is a business that handles the reservation of domain names as well as the assignment of IP addresses for those domain names. Domain names are alphanumeric aliases used to access websites; for example Google’s domain name is ‘’ and their IP address is Domain names make it easier to access websites without having to memorize and enter numeric IP addresses. (For more on how this works, see What Is DNS?)

Domain name lookup

It should be noted that registrars don’t actually manage and maintain domain names; that part is done by a domain name registry.

What’s the difference between a registrar and a registry?

Registries are organizations that manage top-level domains (TLDs) such as domains ending in ‘.com’ and ‘.net’. These registries are managed by the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA), a department of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

Registries delegate the commercial sales of domain name registrations to registrars. For example, VeriSign is the registry for ‘.com’ domains. When a registrar sells a ‘.com’ domain registration to a user, the registrar must notify VeriSign in order to properly reserve the domain. The registrar must also pay VeriSign a fee, which is factored into the price that the registrar charges the end user.

Difference between a registrar, registry, and registrant

It’s much like a car dealership. A customer who is interested in buying a car steps into the showroom and is shown the available cars by a knowledgeable sales associate. If the customer chooses to buy a car (not one already in stock, for this example), the dealership must then order the car from a manufacturer. The customer ultimately picks up the car and receives customer service from the dealership.

A registrar is like a dealership for domain names, and the registry is like the manufacturer. The registrar facilitates the transactions and provides support services, while the registry is in charge of producing and delivering the goods. It should be noted that a key difference between registering a domain and buying a car is that cars can be owned by consumers, domain names cannot.

What does it mean to ‘own’ a domain name?

Although people will often speak of buying and owning domain names, the truth is that registries own all of their domain names and registrars simply offer customers the opportunity to reserve those domain names for a limited amount of time.

The maximum reservation period for a domain name is ten years. Users can hold onto domain names for longer than ten years, as registrars let them keep renewing reservations indefinitely, but users never truly own the domains; they are just leasing them.

Are registrars the only ones who can sell domain name registrations?

In addition to registrars, there are also resellers who sell domain name registrations. These resellers sell domain names on behalf of a registrar in return for a finder’s fee. While these resellers are legitimate, they are usually something of a side business, and they can lack dedicated customer support.

Resellers’ websites rarely explicitly state that they are resellers, and it can be tricky to tell them apart from registrars. Fortunately there’s an easy way to know if a company is a legitimate registrar: ICANN has a published list of every accredited and active domain name registrar on their website.

How do domain name registrars protect user privacy?

Everyone who reserves a top-level domain name must fill out WHOIS information for that domain. This is information about the person who registered the domain (the registrant), including their name, email address, physical address, and phone number. Many registrars provide the option of a private registration; in this arrangement, the registrar’s information is provided in the WHOIS listing for that domain, and the registrar acts as a proxy for the registrant. This private registration is only as secure as the registrar, since the actual registrant’s information is held in the registrar’s database.


To make your website visible on the web, the files and data of your website must be physically stored on a computer that is connected to the internet.  These large high-powered computers are called web servers.  Website hosts are companies that physically house several web servers in one location or what is sometimes referred to as a data centre.  In addition to housing the website servers, website hosts provide the software, security, support and bandwidth that connects your website to the internet.

Think of a website hosting company like a shopping centre that contains several individual stores.  If you want to open a store at the shopping centre, you can lease space in it and set up a shop.  Just like a shopping centre, website companies enable you to lease space on their website servers where you can store your website files and make them available for visitors to view on the internet.

There is a variety of hosting solutions which are broadly categorised based on the amount of server space you need for your website files and the monthly amount of bandwidth (the amount of data being transferred or the amount of data or the amount of resource usage your website requires ) your website consumes.

Consider your shop again.  Suppose you sell only handmade bracelets. You have a small unique product offering so you don’t need or want to lease the same amount of space as a big department store.  Instead, you could lease a smaller store in the shopping centre that gives you just enough space for your goods and costs less money.  Additionally, because you are a small shop, you don’t need a lot of technology or staff to help you sell your product like a department store does.  Between you and your mobile payment device, you have plenty of bandwidth to take care of your customers and don’t need to buy any extra technology or hire any more employees.

Beyond server space and bandwidth, there are other things to consider when selecting a hosting solution.  Your budget, ease of use or complexity of solution, the level of flexibility or customisation the solution allows as well as privacy and security features.


The DNS is the Domain Name System. It is a translation system that allows us to search the internet using language we’re comfortable with.  Without DNS, the internet as we know it, would not exist.

The internet is made up of computers that are set up in large networks around the world.  These networks are connected by a web of underground and in some cases undersea wire.  Computers on the internet communicate with each other using strings of numbers known as Internet Protocol known as IP addresses.  These function as street addresses.  They identify where a computer is located on the internet and help guide the information travelling between computers.  Computers communicate using strings of numbers.  DNS translates the human-friendly domain names that we’re comfortable using into the IP addresses that computers need to communicate with one another.  When you type a domain name into your web browser, your browser and computer determine if one of them already has the domains IP address in their memory. If it’s a domain that you have recently visited, your browser may have stored the domain name and IP address in it’s memory and can display the website in a split second.  If the domain isn’t found in local memory your computer takes the search out to the internet where it queries a series of DNS servers if they have the domain name in their memory or database.  The first DNS server that receives the query, checks it’s memory for the domain name.  If it doesn’t find it, it sends the query on to the next DNS server to see if it can help.  As soon as the domain name is found on a DNS server, that server returns the domain name and it’s IP address to the requesting DNS server and on down the line until it arrives back at your computer. Each time a requesting DNS server receives a domain name and it’s IP address, it stores it in its memory so any future requests for the domain can be answered more quickly.

Once your computer has the IP address for the domain name your browser knows where to find it on the internet.  Your browser uses your computer to communicate with the server where the domain name is hosted and requests any associated files.  The host server returns the files which then display in your browser.

Our ability to use domain names to quickly and easily retrieve websites and files from the internet is entirely on this tightly integrated and tiered line of communication.

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The Domain Name System, or DNS, is the magic that allows us to search the internet using our words instead of long hard to remember numbers.

Computers on the internet talk to each other using strings of numbers known as INTERNET PROTOCOL or IP addresses.  IP addresses identify where a computer is located and helps guide information travelling between computers. While it is easy for a computer to communicate using IP addresses, if you are human like us, memorising a long strand of numbers for every site you want to visit is probably not realistic.   This is where DNS comes into play.  Every domain name on the internet relies on DNS to help people find a website and find their email.  Think of your domain name as the street address for your house and DNS as GPS.  If the GPS device doesn’t have the correct directions to your street address then people won’t be able to find your house. In other words, if your DNS is setup incorrectly then your visitors won’t be able to find your site and you won’t be able to get your email.  Take websites for example.  When you enter the domain name in the address bar, your computer looks for the IP address of that website so it can load it for you.


While domains and websites are closely connected, they are two very different things.

Domains are a human-friendly version of a websites IP address.  Domains are purchased and are often used for websites, an email account or forwarding. That being said, you can also purchase a domain name and do absolutely nothing with it.  You can’t however, create a website or an email address without first purchasing the domain name. It’s important to understand that by purchasing a domain name it doesn’t automatically create a website.

If you purchase a domain name and want to use it for a website, you must first build the website and then connect it to the domain name.  In most cases you will also need to find a hosting company for the website.  Hosting companies house, serve and maintain files for websites making them visible on the web.

Think of a web hosting company as a shopping centre with several individual stores.  If you want your own store, lease-up some space and set up shop.  Just like a shopping centre, hosting companies enable you to lease space on their web servers so you can store your site files and make it available on the internet.

Regardless of where you purchase your domain name, you can use it for your website with any hosting company.  Once you purchase and register your domain name, it is yours for the duration of the registration and you can use it with any hosting company.


NS records are stored with your domain name registration company.  They will always be with your domain name.  NS records will tell you where to find nameservers for your domain.  Nameservers for your domain will tell the internet where to find your DNS records

  1.  NS Records will point to nameserver.
  2.  Nameservers will point to DNS records.

If you have one domain name company and a different hosting company, where will your nameservers be? It can be with either of them, it doesn’t matter.  If you want it to be with the domain name company, just leave it as a default but if you want it to be with your hosting company (if it’s different) then you need to set the NS records to point to the nameservers that your hosting company gives you.

Remember, whoever your nameserver is pointing to, that is the DNS records that will be in effect.

You can have DNS records in your hosting company, at your domain registration company or somewhere else but the DNS records mean nothing unless the NS records are pointing to their nameservers.



It is a DNS record that points a domain name at another domain name. It is known as a Canonical Name Record or Alias Record.

A type of resource record in the Domain Name System (DNS), that specifies that one domain name is an alias of another canonical domain name.

Any system hosting a Web site must have an IP address in order to be connected to the World Wide Web.

The DNS resolves the system’s domain name to its IP address, but sometimes more than one domain name resolves to the same IP address, and this is where the CNAME is useful.

A machine can have an unlimited number of CNAME aliases, but a separate CNAME record must be in the database for each alias.

This helps in multiple servers like FTP server and WEB server each running on different ports from a single IP address. Each server will have its own entry in the DNS like ftp.yourdomain.

We can also use CNAME for multiple HTTP servers on the same port with different name on the same physical host.

The major advantage of using CNAME is that if we change the IP address of one A record then any CNAME record pointing to that host will also changed.

Like if we have a website with then this domain name is hooked up to an A-record which translates the domain name to the appropriate IP address . When you have several sub domains, like,, etc. and you want this sub domains to point to your main domain name that is instead of creating A-records for each sub domain and binding it to the IP address of your domain, you create an alias, a CNAME-record for all these as shown in the image below.

cname entry

A Records

A Records are the most basic type of DNS record and are used to point a domain or subdomain to an IP address. Assigning a value to an A record is as simple as providing your DNS management panel with an IP address to where the domain or subdomain should point and a TTL.

A Records are only able to take an IP address as their value and you can point the same domain/subdomain to multiple IP addresses by adding another A Record with the same name but with a different IP address for the value.

You’ll want to use an A Record for your DNS entry if you have an IP address that the domain/subdomain should point to or if you want to establish a domain/subdomain to be used as the place to point a CNAME.

DNS and NAMESERVERS for Dummies:

DNS is a topic that could easily stretch on for thousands of pages.   At Tier.Net, we like to make things simple.   Think of this as a short and quick “getting started guide” to DNS and nameservers.

What is the Domain Name System?

The Domain Name System, like most protocols that comprise the internet as a whole, is a large network of clients and servers.   When an end-user (client) types in a domain name, his DNS query is sent up the worldwide hierarchy of DNS servers (aka nameservers) until it finds an “authoritative” answer.   Simply put, within milliseconds, the end-user is supplied with an IP address that directs his request to the proper server, and the end-user gets his desired content long before he starts to think about what is happening behind the scenes!

Before DNS was introduced, computers would connect to each other through IP addresses. IP addresses are a unique string of numbers separated by dots devised to identify each device communicating via the Internet Protocol over a network.  Think of it as your street address.

Domain names are easy for humans to remember. However, the Domain Name System is required in order for computers or machines (who tend to prefer numbers over spoken words) to access websites via their IP addresses. The Domain Name System translates a name to its IP address(es) so that it will be convenient for users to remember and return to the sites.

More Details Please?

Software installed on a server to facilitate the transference of data in relation to the domain system is known as a DNS Server or nameserver. You can install DNS software on any machine used as a server. If you would like to install custom DNS software on a server, it typically requires VPS Hosting or a Dedicated Server, but Tier.Net can allow you to specify custom nameserver aliases with any hosting account.

From End to End

Let’s briefly describe a DNS query from end to end. When your residential internet connection establishes its internet connection, it likely automatically sets local DNS resolvers for itself.   These are your ISP’s DNS servers (aka nameservers). They are just like the ones at the other endpoint.   When you type in in your browser, your PC sends the request, “what is’s IP address?”, to your ISP’s DNS resolvers.   Your ISP will likely respond with the protocol’s equivalent of “I have no idea, but I might know who does”.   Since uses the “.net” domain extension, your ISP will hand off your request to the .net registry’s (ICANN) “root nameservers”.   There are several geographically redundant “root nameservers” around the world.   When the top-level domain name “” was registered, we gave the registry information required to eventually redirect the request to an authority on the subject.   This is the process of setting your authoritative DNS servers.   We tell the .net registry where it can find the final authoritative nameservers for   You can even create your own custom nameserver hostname.   This is the process of “registering nameserver hosts” or “adding DNS hosts”, a process that is required if you want to run your own fancy DNS servers such as ns1/ as an example.   Your request is forwarded up the chain to the final DNS authority and it finally returns a response in the form of an IP address.   It is passed back to the client (your PC) and data begins to flow in all of its glory.   It all happens within the blink of an eye.

The standard bootstap4 sizes are:

  • .col- (mobile phones – screen width less than 576px)
  • .col-sm- (ipad – screen width equal to or greater than 576px)
  • .col-md- (laptop – screen width equal to or greater than 768px)
  • .col-lg- (large devices – screen width equal to or greater than 992px)
  • .col-xl- (xlarge devices – screen width equal to or greater than 1200px)
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Using private browsing or incognito mode

Private browsing lets you view your site as visitors will see it without opening a different browser.

How to go incognito in Chrome:

  1. In the top-right corner of a Chrome window, click the Chrome menu icon.
  2. Select New Incognito Window.
  3. A new window will open with a grey figure in the top-right corner.
  4. Close the window to end Incognito mode.

You can also open an incognito window using keyboard shortcuts:

  • On Windows, Linux, and Chrome OS, press Ctrl + Shift + N
  • On a Mac, press  + Shift + N

For more information about Chrome’s Incognito mode, visit Google’s documentation.


  1. From a Safari window, click the File menu.
  2. Select New Private Window.
  3. A new window will open with a dark address and search field and white text.
  4. Close the Private Browsing window to end Private Browsing.


Stripe is a payment processor that is used in many shopping carts.

It has been called the “PayPal of the mobile era.” The company allows both individuals and businesses to accept payments over the Internet. Stripe handles billions of dollars every year and is used by over 100,000 businesses.


In order to accept payments through a shopping cart, you will need to set up a Stripe account on their website.

After you create your account on Stripe’s website, you will need to confirm your email address and then activate your account. To do this, you will need to fill out the following information:

  • Country you’re located
  • Business description
  • Business type (Individual/Sole Trader, Not for Profit, Partnership)
  • ACN (9 digit Australian Company Number) or ABN (11 digit Australian Business Number)
  • Business address
  • Business phone (if you have one)
  • Business website
  • Your legal name
  • Your date of birth
  • Business name and phone number to show on customer’s credit card statement
  • Your bank details including account number and BSB
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