Arcane Virtual Terminal Setup

Arcane Virtual Terminal Setup

by Abigail Leaman - June 18, 2021

The Arcane Virtual Terminal POS is a turn-key, cloud-based digital payment solution. It requires no installation; just purchase a license and register your subdomain, and you’ll be ready to accept in-person credit card payments directly from the Virtual Terminal. We will walk you through each step of the process in this Arcane Virtual Terminal Setup Guide.

Index

Purchasing an Arcane Virtual Terminal License

 If you have already bought your license, skip to license management, otherwise purchase a license in the Arcane Strategies Store.

  1. Go to https://store.arcanestrategies.com/.
  2. Under ‘Arcane Virtual Terminal POS,’ select ‘Buy Now.’
  3. To continue, enter your information to register for an account with Arcane Strategies. If you are a returning user, you can log in with your e-mail address and password.
  4. Follow on-screen instructions to checkout.

License Management

Before you will be able to register a subdomain, there are a few things you will need to do on the Arcane site.

  1. Go to https://www.arcanestrategies.com/ and log in with your e-mail address and password.
  2. Hover over the profile icon in the upper right-hand corner of the screen and select ‘Manage Subscriptions.’
  3. Here, you will be able to view your active Arcane subscriptions. Copy the registration code for your new license.
  4. In the last column, you’ll see a link to “Connect with Stripe”.  Click this link to launch the Stripe Connect window and follow the instructions within that window.
    1. If the window does not open, you can access it directly by clicking the button on: https://store.arcanestrategies.com/stripe-connect
    2. Once completed, close the Stripe window and return to the Store tab.
  5. Next, hover over the profile icon in the upper right-hand corner of the screen and select ‘Manage Users.’
  6. From here, you should enter the e-mail address for each user that will need access to the system. You can return to this page later if you have additional cashier’s you need to license.

*Note: Step 4 is critical, without it your alias registration will throw an error.

Registering a Subdomain for your Arcane Virtual Terminal

Now, you will be able to log in to the Arcane Virtual Terminal and register your subdomain.

  1. Go to www.arcanepos.com.
  2. From the logic screen, click ‘Switch to Register.’ You’ll be prompted to enter your personal user information.

*Note: Be sure to use the account with which your license subscription was purchased in the Arcane store .  Licensed users will also use this registration form but without admin privileges.

  1. Paste the registration code obtained from the ‘Manage Subscriptions’ page of the Arcane website, and then click to submit the form.
  2. Next, you’ll be asked to submit an alias. Here you will enter the subdomain you want to use for your application (i.e., entering “johnnysdonuts” will get you the alias “johnnysdonuts.arcanestrategies.com”). Try to keep your subdomain short and unique.
    1. If you are not an administrative user, you can connect to an existing shop by entering the alias you want to connect with and we will try to direct you.  Alternatively, you can visit the alias directly and register there.
  3. Click to submit your application.
  4. Once your submission is successful, you will be redirected to your subdomain. From here, log in once more.  (You are on a new site at this stage, so this is a new session)
  5. Once you are logged in, you will be automatically redirected to your dashboard. If your Stripe account already has locations set up within it, you will be prompted to select the location that you want to access. If not, you will be asked to create a location. Every reader must have a location, so you will need to fill out and submit the form
    1. Locations are for organization, they do not affect charges, taxes, or functionality.

*Note: If you already have locations set up with Stripe but would like to create a new one, you can do so by selecting ‘Manage Locations’ from the left sidebar of the settings panel. To access settings, click on your e-mail address on the top right of the page and select the settings option from the dropdown. On the ‘Manage Locations’ page, click the toggle button to open a new location form.

  1. Once you have selected (or created and selected) your location, you will be redirected to the dashboard, where all of your Stripe products, plans, and prices are automatically imported.

If you would like to connect products to your Virtual Terminal from a third-party like WooCommerce, continue to the next section of the article.

If not, then your Arcane Virtual Terminal POS setup procedure is now complete. Once you set up your card reader, you will be ready to start performing in-person credit card transactions in your Virtual Terminal.

If you have not yet purchased your reader, you can purchase it at the following link. Each account will display different readers based on region and each reader is pre-packaged with the native software, so be sure you are purchasing from this link only: https://dashboard.stripe.com/terminal/shop

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Connecting Products from a Third-Party Source

With the Arcane Virtual Terminal POS, you can easily import products from your WooCommerce site to your Virtual Terminal storefront:

  1. First, log in to your Virtual Terminal using your registered alias subdomain.
  2. In the top right corner of the dashboard, click on your e-mail address. In the dropdown, select the ‘Settings’ menu to go to your settings. If you have no products, there will be a direct link to this page in a warning box at the bottom of your dashboard page.
  3. Within settings, click ‘Manage Integrations’ on the left sidebar.
  4. In the form, select ‘WooCommerce’
  5. Now, fill out your WooCommerce integration settings using your website’s API credentials and URL. Be sure that your source URL is formatted the same way as ours (with the corresponding path; you’ll just replace the domain). Instructions on how to retrieve your API keys as well as an example domain will be accessible from this page.
  6. Once completed, click ‘Submit.’
  7. When you click the dashboard button in the top left of the screen, you will now be able to view your imported products.

The Arcane Virtual Terminal POS setup procedure is now complete. Once you set up your card reader, you will be ready to start performing in-person credit card transactions in your Virtual Terminal. See below for more advanced instructions.

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Advanced Configuration

Taxes

To set taxes, go to “Manage Locations”. On each location, click the edit icon and you’ll find a default tax setting at the bottom. Here you can paste in your preferred tax ID. If you have other stored tax options within this location you’ll see them appear as a dropdown in the cashier during checkout. For example, with a direct Stripe integration, you can find the Tax ID on your Stripe.com dashboard which will be prefixed with “tml_”. Paste the entire ID (including “tml_”) into the field, to adopt that as your default tax.

This same process can be applied for Stripe integrations as any other 3rd party integration (ie. WooCommerce) unless specified otherwise. This will vary from one platform to another but as an example, WooCommerce stores these as autoincremented integers beginning with 1. You can find the ID from your WordPress database and/or WooCommerce API if they are not immediately visible in your WooCommerce settings table.