A gateway is a device or software program that acts as a bridge between two different networks. In a subscription business, a payment processing system that enables the business to securely process payments from customers is referred to as a payment gateway. The gateway acts as a middleman between the business and the customer’s payment method, such as a credit card or bank account, and is usually integrated into the billing and subscription management software.
When a customer submits a payment for a subscription or other billing-related charge, the payment information is transmitted to the gateway, which then securely sends the information to the appropriate financial institution for processing. The gateway then receives a response from the financial institution indicating whether the payment was approved or declined. If the payment is approved, the gateway notifies the subscription and billing system that the payment was successful.
In addition to processing payments, gateways may also provide additional features such as fraud detection, chargeback prevention, and recurring billing management. Some gateways also offer integrations with accounting software and other business management tools to streamline financial operations.