Give It A REST: Choosing Simple APIs For Payment Integrations

Whether you are getting ready to launch a new software product or plugging away on your development roadmap, adding products and new features is a time of great excitement for a company, and one of the details that has to be nailed down in order for your software to be successful in the marketplace is implementing a payment gateway. A payment API integration requires a balance between expediency and effectiveness. Luckily, as a software provider, you have several options that can speed your time to market and offer payments to your customers in days, not months.

Why REST Is Best: Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants

One payment API for developers that works particularly well for fast payment integration is the REST (Representational State Transfer) API, also known as RESTful API design. REST works over existing protocols, including HTTP, so there is no need to install extra libraries or software to make it work. With REST, each HTTP contains all the information it needs to run, so neither the client nor the server needs to remember a previous “state” to make it function. (That’s developer speak for “it’s easy”.) As a software developer, this gives you greater flexibility and allows you to create a payment API integration that can serve the needs of your different types of customers, increasing your software’s versatility, reliability and scalability. We get it, no single API can meet everyone’s needs; this is why, we at Paragon Payment Solutions, offer both REST APIs and SOAP APIs. We are developers ourselves and realize that developers need options when it comes to integrating to a processing platform or payment gateway.

Mobile SDK Speeds Access For Payments On The Go

Creating a robust desktop payment experience is only one part of the software industry these days. Ninety percent of mobile user time is spent in apps, so if your company wants to reap a revenue stream from a software version for mobile devices, it’s imperative that your developers choose a payment API integration that provides a simple way for merchant customers to accept payments through your software’s mobile app. Our company offers a mobile payment SDK (software development kit) that can help developers create a secure and stable payment experience in your mobile app.  Using a mobile payment SDK will not require developers to master new programming languages simply to complete the payment interface. The credibility that a mobile payment SDK provides can also increase the chances your app will be quickly approved and published by Google Play or Apple’s App Store. With our mobile payment SDK, independent software vendors (ISVs) and software developers can easily enable credit card payments and also simplify PCI compliance. You can also tailor your app’s experience, so if you have a variety of payment pathways within the app, merchant customers will have a fully customized experience.

Leonardo di Vinci wrote that, “simplicity is the ultimate sophistication,” and for ISVs and software developers looking to ease their payment API integration process, choosing a simple API to establish a payment gateway does lead to faster, less complicated, and ultimately better product launches.  Relax and focus on your core business while knowing that Paragon’s RESTful API, SOAP Api and mobile payment SDK give your software the flexibility and stability, while not delaying your speed to market.

Ready to see our API or open a test account?  Looking for more information on our Partner Programs?  Are you a merchant with a question?  We are here to help!

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