Wendy Mignot has been an artist all her life. She met her husband and they began a gypsy lifestyle of sailing adventures in the Caribbean, Virgin Islands, Aruba, St, Bart’s, Bahamas, Panama and Central America. Wendy’s one-of-a-kind jewelry became a trademark and reflection of her adventures at sea, with each design reflecting family, culture and heritage. Her trademark Fine Pearls and Leather Jewelry® are a collection that includes the finest Tahitian, South Sea and Freshwater cultured pearls.

Ten years ago, she and her husband settled along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico in beautiful Seaside, Florida, and opened her storefront shop, La Vie Est Belle. Her designs put a twist on the once traditional strand of pearls, with each one-of-a-kind piece handcrafted and strung on soft, hand-rolled leather and tied with precision and care. Everything Wendy uses to create her jewelry comes from the ocean and surrounding terrain and is uniquely beautiful, elegant and practical in nature. Since then, the business has grown into an International boutique with vintage pieces worn by Steven Tyler, Pierce Brosnan, Orlando Bloom, Luke Bryan, Alice Cooper, Kix Brooks, Colt Ford, Florida Georgia Line, The Bangles and many more.

To help the business grow, they wanted their patrons to be able to shop anytime and from anywhere in a new eBoutique website: WendyMignot.com. They contacted Fluent Business Solutions, an IT Management firm based in Pembroke Pines, Florida, to modernize the entire business with a focus on using technology to increase revenue growth, productivity and to scale the business globally. “Wendy Mignot wanted to expand online and needed a highly scalable, secure solution that exceeded industry standards at a competitive cost,” said David Cochrane, President of Fluent Business Solutions.

For over ten years, Fluent has helped hundreds of clients select best in class software and solutions to improve their business. “We started using Authorize.Net ourselves eight years ago when our clients wanted to pay with credit cards.  Authorize.Net made that easy.” For other clients, Fluent has used the Authorize.Net API to build custom integrations or chosen from hundreds of pre-integrated solutions that support Authorize.Net. “We recommend Authorize.Net because of their seamless integration, reliability, scalability and performance.”

By using smart technology and the best payment solution to meet their needs, Fluent delivered a comprehensive solution for Wendy Mignot Fine Pearls and Leather Jewelry. “We’re thrilled with the success of our new eBoutique,” said Wendy. “Since its launch in fall 2014, we’ve fulfilled thousands of online orders and look forward to expanding globally later this summer.”

Authorize.Net is sponsoring and exhibiting at the upcoming Practical Ecommerce Ignite Conference 2015 in Dallas, Texas, September 16-17, and we would love to see you there.

Ignite registration is $795, but as an Authorize.Net merchant, you can get 50% off your registration fee. Just enter discount code "AuthorizeIgnite" on the registration page and click Apply code to get the discount.

If you're a small business owner, manager or marketer, Ignite 2015 is the place to learn how to grow revenue, save money and compete with the big dogs. This two-day event features 39 presentations by industry visionaries and seasoned e-commerce merchants. And, because it's tailored for smaller, independent businesses, Ignite 2015 also sports hand-picked topics designed to help the small- and mid-sized business. That means no wasted time spent in sessions that focus on tools and services beyond your needs and reach. From building brand recognition, to generating traffic and sales, to using SEO and social media, and more, Ignite 2015 covers the topics you need.

Be sure to check out Ignite's complete line-up, including the presenters and the full schedule by visiting http://www.practicalecommerce.com/ignite. And make sure to stop by the Authorize.Net booth to come say hi!

June 18, 2015

We’re at LA TechDay

Authorize.Net is currently exhibiting at LA TechDay at the California Market Center in Los Angeles. If you're attending, stop by booth S5 to say hi and talk about payments and our developer tools.

June 03, 2015

Come See Us at IRCE

Authorize.Net is currently exhibiting at the Internet Retailer Convention and Expo (IRCE) at Chicago's McCormick place until Thursday, June 4. If you're in the Chicago area, stop by our booth to say hi and get the inside scoop. This year we have a partner in the booth with portable phone chargers for use during the show.

We are pleased to introduce a new Authorize.Net system status page available at https://status.authorize.net. The new status page will provide the current status of the following six Authorize.Net services:

Transaction Processing
Merchant Interface
Advanced Fraud Detection Suite (AFDS)
Automated Recurring Billing (ARB)
Customer Information Manager (CIM)

In the event a significant issue is identified with any of these services, an incident will be posted to the status page along with the most current information available. We will post status updates on each incident and a notification when the issue has been resolved.

We are pleased to make this status page available and encourage you to bookmark it for your reference.

As you may be aware, an Internet-wide security issue, commonly referred to as POODLE, has been identified in the last two weeks and affects anyone using older Web browsers that use SSL version 3 (SSLv3), specifically Internet Explorer (IE) 6. This issue creates a vulnerability that could allow hackers to gain access to any connection using this outdated Web browser.

Authorize.Net itself is not vulnerable to POODLE, but we are making changes to our systems to assure that we are providing our merchants and their customers with the highest degree of security possible.

To that end, on November 4, 2014, we will be disabling the use of SSLv3 within our systems. This means that if your website or shopping cart solution uses SSLv3 to send transactions to Authorize.Net, you will no longer be able to process transactions. You will also no longer be able to access any secure Authorize.Net pages from IE6.

We expect that a minimal number of our merchants will be affected. However, because we do not control how your particular site or solution sends transactions to us, this change could potentially impact your transaction processing. Please immediately contact your web developer or shopping cart solution to see if you will need to make any changes to your site or solution before November 4th.

Most modern shopping carts do not use this old technology in their solutions--in general, POODLE will only affect solutions that are older and use SSLv3. But again, because we do not control which method your systems use for transaction processing, we are not able to advise whether or not this change will affect you site or solution. We strongly urge you to contact your web developer or payment solution provider to find out for sure.

We apologize for the short notice, but security is of the utmost concern. Authorize.Net and most other payment and technology companies are disabling SSLv3 as soon as possible to help make sure that hackers aren't able to exploit this vulnerability.

If you have any questions regarding this change, please review our POODLE FAQs. You can also check out this post in the developer community for instructions to give to your web or solution developer regarding the upcoming change.

Thank you for your prompt attention to this urgent issue.

As you've probably heard by now, Apple recently launched a new payment service that will be available with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The new service is called Apple Pay, and Authorize.Net is one of the first companies to offer support for the new feature.

What hasn't been discussed much is the tokenization technology that Apple Pay is using to drive its new payment solution. The behind-the-scenes story of what happens when customers use Apple Pay is what truly makes the Apple announcement an important milestone for Authorize.Net and the payments industry in general.

Rajat Taneja, Executive Vice President of Technology for Visa, Inc. (our parent company), recently wrote a great article describing the new technology and how it applies to the payments ecosystem.

Check it out now!

Today's case study focuses on a UK merchant named Optimize Press. Optimize Press is a popular WordPress plug-in that makes it easy to transform WordPress websites into lead-generation and sales-conversion platforms. What makes this UK-based company unique is that 80% of their customers are based in the U.S.

James Dyson, owner of OptimizePress, explained, "We have the peace of mind of knowing that we can rely on the Authorize.Net Payment Gateway for secure, reliable, payment processing in support of our expansion plans."

Read the case study to learn more about OptmizePress and how they use Authorize.Net to grow their business globally.

Last month, David Schwartz introduced the Authorize.Net Merchant of the Week. Several merchants with unique products and successful business models have been highlighted on our Facebook page. Each of them has a unique story to share; if you haven't yet, go check them out today!

Over the next two weeks, we will highlight a couple of merchants in the UK that were kind enough to share how the Authorize.Net services have helped them to grow faster and manage international orders.

Today we are sharing the story of Wiggly Wigglers who operates a successful e-commerce store from the quaint, countryside town of Herefordshire. Wiggly Wigglers has found success in selling worms, goat socks and flowers throughout the UK with their tagline, "Bringing Country Living to Life."

Read more about their business and how they have handled increased demand with Authorize.Net.

Read the Case Study

Authorize.Net is currently exhibiting at the Internet Retailer Convention and Expo (IRCE) at Chicago's McCormick place through June 12th. If you're in the area, stop by booth #1529 to say hello, hear what's new, grab some swag and maybe a latte or cappuccino.