Ivana Shteriova is an expert reviewer and news writer at Website Planet.

As a business owner and former assistant website manager, her expertise is uniquely positioned at the intersection of finance, business, and tech. She specializes in writing about credit card processing providers and website builders. Ivana keeps a close eye on all things credit card processing to recommend the best solutions for every type of business. She also regularly tests, reviews, and compares website builders.

After getting her bachelor’s degree in Economics, she decided to ditch a career in accounting and turn her passion into a full-time writing affair. Before joining Website Planet, Ivana was a content writer and assistant site manager of finance, tech, and background check sites for 7+ years. Throughout her freelance career, her work has been featured in various publications, including Balancing Everything, 99Firms, TrueList, and Screen & Reveal.

You can find her listening to finance podcasts, reading self-help books, glamming up, and rocking bold outfits. Advocating for animal welfare and women’s rights is also on her spare time agenda.

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Reviews

Square POS

Catering to restaurants, retail stores, and appointment-based businesses, Square POS is one of the most popular systems on the market – no doubt in part because of its generous free plan, packed with features that are normally found behind paywalls. While Square POS works for most businesses, online-first and omnichannel businesses might find more robust support elsewhere.

4.7
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Lightspeed POS

Lightspeed serves restaurant, retail, and golf businesses, standing out as a feature-rich POS solution with advanced inventory, multi-location, and omnichannel capabilities. It provides e-commerce functionality exclusively for higher-tier plans. This means brick-and-mortar businesses only pay for necessary features. Lightspeed is ideal for established businesses and those...

4.6
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Shopify POS

Shopify POS is best suited for omnichannel businesses that sell online and in person. Its solutions allow you to unify sales across all your channels with automatic inventory updates and lets you manage your stock, staff, products, and marketing from one place. However, entirely brick-and-mortar businesses and those in industries other than retail might be better off with an...

4.5
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Sekure Payment Experts

Despite past hiccups, Sekure Payment Experts has refined its approach and now provides good support and customer service. Businesses on a budget can save with Sekure's zero-cost processing Edge program, plus it offers free equipment and same or next-day deposits at no charge. It’s worth considering, but make sure you carefully review your contract terms before signing.

4.4
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Epos Now

Epos Now is one of the few POS solutions that provides flexible software compatible with many third-party hardware brands. You can also integrate any payment processor, but long-term contracts may be a drawback. While suitable for small to mid-sized retail and hospitality businesses, large or more complex organizations might find its features limiting.

4.4
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Copy.ai

Thanks to its wide variety of writing tools for different use cases, Copy.ai is a robust AI writing platform ideal for businesses. It can generate sales copy, create long-form blog articles, and translate your content into multiple languages. It’s not perfect, but it’s worth trying out if you want to elevate your content in minutes.

4.4
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Harbor Compliance

Though not as popular as some alternatives, Harbor Compliance is a legitimate company handling LLC formation and compliance services. It specializes in industry-specific licensing and offers comprehensive support for nonprofit formation. Combined with its compliance software, Harbor Compliance can save you a significant amount of time. However, it provides less value than our...

4.2
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Blog Posts

Squarespace Rolls Out Subscription Features

Due to a 50% increase in users monetizing content on its platform, leading SaaS website builder Squarespace is rolling out new subscription features for digital entrepreneurs. New content monetization features include blog paywalls, video subscriptions, and tools for creating bundles and tiered plans. Users with a Squarespace Business or Commerce plan can access the new...

5.0
April 18, 2024
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Apple in Talks With Google Gemini for iPhone’s AI Features

Apple is reportedly considering using Google’s generative AI model Gemini to power AI features for the next generation of iPhones. Bloomberg News reports that “Apple Inc. is in talks to build Google’s Gemini artificial intelligence engine into the iPhone.” Apple’s slow rollout of AI features is worrying investors, especially because its smartphone rivals Samsung and Google...

4.0
April 12, 2024
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Trump’s Social Media Company Truth Social Is Going Public

Shareholders of the publicly traded shell company Digital World Acquisition Corp approved merging with Trump Media & Technology Group, which owns the social networking site Truth Social. This officially makes Trump’s social media business a public traded company on the Nasdaq stock market. Trump owns 58% of the shares of the combined company. Currently valued at $4.6...

5.0
April 09, 2024
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8 Best Credit Card Readers for iPhone: Small but Mighty [2024]

It can be frustrating to find the right iPhone card reader for your business. Many mobile card readers use a physical headphone jack connector, so they won’t work for modern iPhones. Others are offered only by processors that charge expensive fees for mobile transactions. Even if you do find an affordable card reader, many run on outdated iOS apps, leaving you with a buggy and...

4.3
April 05, 2024
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9 Cheapest Credit Card Processing: Stick to Your Budget [2024]

Credit card processing companies aren’t always transparent about their pricing structure. Admittedly, calculating fees and producing rough estimates can be difficult when there are so many variables to consider. Picture this: You choose a monthly subscription and agree on a transaction rate, but things don’t add up once the invoice arrives. You might notice hidden fees or...

5.0
April 05, 2024
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10 BEST Credit Card Processing for Restaurants in 2024

The restaurant industry is fiercely competitive, so it's easy to assume the cheapest credit card processor is automatically the best. However, while keeping costs low is crucial, choosing the right card processor for your restaurant goes beyond just looking for the lowest transaction fees. To stay competitive, you’ll also need to look out for specialized features like...

5.0
April 05, 2024
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8 Best Credit Card Processing APIs for Your Business in 2024

The great thing about e-commerce payment technology is that it’s relatively easy to customize. All you need is some experience using Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) – or a willingness to learn – and a credit card processor that offers this helpful development toolkit. With that being said, not every payment processor offers an API. Those that do rarely provide...

4.7
April 05, 2024
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YouTube Now Requires Creators to Disclose AI Content

YouTube now requires content creators to label AI-generated content. The label applies only to AI-generated content that appears realistic and might be mistaken for a real person, event, or place. Creators can see the new setting in Creator Studio while in the process of uploading or posting content. A checklist will appear asking them to disclose “altered or synthetic”...

4.8
April 04, 2024
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8 Best Payment Gateways for WooCommerce: Top Picks in 2024

As an e-commerce business owner, it’s easy to get overwhelmed when choosing a payment gateway. There are many payment gateways, but some don’t integrate with WooCommerce. Likewise, a few don’t support the payment methods and security features your customers need. Plus, you need to be mindful of cost. Each payment gateway has its own payment structure – some charge a...

5.0
April 04, 2024
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6 Best Free Credit Card Processing Companies [2024 Update]

While free credit card processing sounds too good to be true (and is), there are methods to bypass or lower your processing costs. Some credit card processors will offer ways for you to cut out the credit card processing costs (surcharging) or provide an incentive for your customers to pay in cash (cash discount). As an economics scholar who researches credit card...

5.0
April 03, 2024
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Brevo Introduces All-In-One Solution Commerce Suite

Leading Customer Relationship Management (CRM) solutions provider Brevo recently introduced a new solution specifically designed for retailers and e-commerce businesses, which comprise 30% of its customer base. Brevo Commerce Suite brings together the company’s Marketing, Conversations, and Customer Data Platforms, providing users with a 360-degree view of their customer...

5.0
April 02, 2024
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8 Best Virtual Terminals for Credit Card Processing in 2024

Virtual terminals aren’t just for e-commerce and mail-order businesses – they’re also a great option if you don’t have the budget for POS hardware or want to accept multiple payment types remotely. At least, that’s what good virtual terminals do. The truth is that many virtual terminals only accept keyed-in payments, so you don’t get the payment flexibility you need. Others...

5.0
April 02, 2024
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6 Best Credit Card Processing Companies for Hotels in 2024

For a seamless guest experience, it’s essential for your hospitality business to have an up-to-date payment system that can accommodate the latest payment preferences. Contactless check-in/check-out is on the rise, but to be able to offer it to every customer, you’ll need an efficient credit card processor that can accept online payments in addition to standard card-present...

5.0
March 29, 2024
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Google Chrome Adds Real-Time Safe Browsing Protection

Google is adding real-time Safe Browsing protections to alert users of potentially dangerous sites amid the rising number of hacker attacks. The company is also rolling out new password protections on Chrome for iOS to help users stay safe on the web. Since 2005, Google’s Safe Browsing feature offered real-time protection, defending users from malware, phishing, and other...

4.7
March 29, 2024
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Gen Z Redefines Job Security and Careers Amid Layoffs

Leading freelance website Fiverr surveyed 10,000 Gen Zers worldwide (aged 16 to 26), including 5,000 from the US, on their work preferences. The study shows how layoffs, AI, and work flexibility impact the way this generation works and perceives its careers. Compared to last year's results, more Gen Zers (up 3%) are into freelancing. In fact, 70% of the respondents reported...

5.0
March 26, 2024
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