Small Business Solutions

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Arcane Virtual Terminal POS

Arcane's Cloud-based Virtual Terminal is a turn-key solution for businesses in need of a POS without the headache of maintaining its hosting, codebase, and PCI requirements. With multiple integration options, your Virtual POS can pull and process orders from your Stripe account or your eCommerce store or ERP. Collect dip/chip, swipe, and contactless transactions including Google, Samsung, and Apple Pay via the Verifone P400 or BBPOS Chipper.

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Stripe Terminal for WooCommerce

Convert your WooCommerce store into a PCI-safe point-of-sale. Collect dip/chip, swipe, and contactless transactions including Google, Samsung, and Apple Pay while reducing fees by 6.9% + $0.25 per transaction! Requires the Verifone P400, WooCommerce, and WooCommerce Stripe Gateway plugin version 4.2+. Your annual subscription will provide you with this current version of the plugin and support for all releases. Thanks to our status as a Verified Stripe Partner, you'll also be able to escalate Stripe support tickets with Arcane's support concierge at support@arcanestrategies.com.

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domain-and-brand-generator

Brand Name Generator (with Domain Generator)

With Our Brand Name Generator Tool, Find Your New Brand Today! Coming up with your brand name is critical – our Brand Name Generator tool can help… Have you ever come up with the perfect name for your business just to find the domain is already been taken? Consider that problem solved with Arcane’s proprietary […]

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Managed Cloud Services

Iron-Clad Up-Time! Arcane's managed cloud services monitors both your servers and websites to take immediate action in the event of downtime. With access to ticketing and a dedicated phone line, you can ensure that Arcane takes hands-on action, 24/7, with U.S.-based engineers to keep your business moving.

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wordpress-managed-services

Managed WordPress Hosting Support

Hosting your WordPress site on managed hosting or serverless architecture? With wordpress managed services, your monthly subscription gets you prompt service, at a nominal fee, to address problems your hosting provider cannot. Benefit from Arcane's off-shore ticketing system with hands-on support for your website on your control panel (CPanel, Plesk, or otherwise) thanks to our monitoring alerts and support requests within 24 hours of the incident.

Managed Cloud Services

Your Cloud Services Provider

Our cloud hosting support services - including support for managed WordPress hosting - extend Arcane's engineers into hands-on support on your own servers, to provide 24/7 coverage, with aggressive response times and at a fraction of the cost of the competition. Whether Azure, AWS, Rackspace, Godaddy, or even your own homebrew, Arcane will manage and monitor your servers to keep you up and running. With the risk of website downtime costs, hiring an experienced partner at a reasonable rate is an easy decision. Arcane offers proactive maintenance, monitoring and alerts, and round-the-clock emergency response services. This allos you to reduce the impact of downtime while remaining focused on your goals. Not sure whether or not you need a managed services provider? Our quiz below will help you understand the infrastructure and support level you'll need, to achieve your timeline and budgetary goals. As developers, Arcane's engineers have managed our own servers for decades. Whether physical or virtual servers, we've been both customers and competition for Microsoft, Rackspace, Amazon, Godaddy, and more for more than 10 years. We've also worked directly with our clients' data centers throughout the US. Download Our Brochure Learn more about our Managed Services / Cloud Hosting Support Take Our Cloud Server vs Dedicated Server Quiz To See If MSP IS For You

Operations Consulting Services

Operations Consulting - Improving Process through Lean Thinking Human and Technical Analysis

With over a decade of experience in building teams at various agencies, Arcane Strategies' operations consulting can help your business zero in on target efficiency and speed to market to create competitive advantage. Our operations consulting team will help you create systems, both automated and human, which reduce overhead. CEO, Michael Ricotta has worked with production teams both in-house and abroad, over 9 different countries, bringing them through acquisition from giants such as The Blackstone Group. Understanding operations is at the core of software development and systems administration. As a business, we use the same principles to manage our own resources and assets. Our Consulting team is no different. Whether you consider logistics to be your biggest problem or your greatest asset, Arcane Strategies can take you to the next level. We'll address your human processes, production automation, and enterprise systems. Well also asses these as broadly as your organizational structure and as granular as database normalization and server configurations. Give us a call for a consultation, today. We promise you that the juice is worth the squeeze!
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The following are samples of planning documentation, made available under MIT licensing.

ERP and More: Internal Systems Integrations

ERP, CRM, EDC, ERM, LDAP, API: 3rd Party Integrations!

Working with all kinds of ERP (enterprise resource planning) systems, the engineers at Arcane Strategies have been handling web solutions with internal systems integration, for more than a decade.  Whether integrating single sign-on with Active Directory or managing two-way syncing database connections for ERP, CRM, EDC, or otherwise, we've done it! Arcane Strategies has the experience that your team needs, to complete a successful integration. Custom MSSQL, MySQL, or AS400? No problem. ERP (enterprise resource planning) systems like Blue Cherry, SAP, or otherwise, consider it done! Our staff has years of experience in Linux and Windows systems administration, for various server protocols, as well as 20+ languages and database servers supported by those platforms.

Give us a call!

Interested to see if Arcane is experienced in the technologies you're looking for?  Our Integrations team will speak with you to analyze your situation and recommend solutions to handle them.  Our engineers will write your project's specifications and planning documentation. We'll offer project consultation services through the build or even staff the project, through to completion.
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The following are samples of planning documentation, made available under MIT licensing.

Software & Website Development

New and Custom Website Development

Whether web, mobile, or native applications, Arcane Strategies has experience in software and website development of a variety of languages and frameworks. Our engineers will recommend solutions for your business's needs both operationally and economically. With hundreds of projects to our names, Arcane's website development team has a diverse understanding of custom applications. We've completed ERM, CRM, EDC, ERP, and other 3rd party database integrations by the dozens! A thorough planning cycle will ensure systems' compatibility and outline a clear plan of action for deliverables and timelines. You can review some of our work on our Case Studies Page.

Existing Website Development Support

Looking to support an existing site? Arcane Strategies supports more than 90% of the open-source CMS's market share and would love to offer you a free performance, optimization, and security audit. The audit is yours to keep for recommendations with any other vendor, at no cost! Our engineers also specialize in support of Azure, AWS, and Rackspace management of LAMP, LEMP, WIMP, and WAMP environments, as well. Although our SysOps and DevOps Premium SLA's are not included in our standard development service, we're happy to help you out, in a bind.

Custom Workflows and Arcane's Support Tools

Want to take an agile approach? We can do that too, we'll tailor a support agreement that fits your needs. Our DevOps maintenance offerings include proprietary auditing and quality assurance tools. These will keep you continuously up to date and ensure the life of your product with improved performance and stability. Curious if we can support you? Contact us today and our staff will walk you through.
Whitepapers
The following are samples of planning documentation, made available under MIT licensing.

Managed WordPress Hosting Support

Effective managed WordPress hosting can be critical to your business. Are you hosting your WordPress site on managed hosting or serverless architecture like Azure, SiteGround, or WordPress VIP?

Leveraging managed hosting or serverless architecture is a great way to relieve yourself of the stresses of server maintenance but it does have its trade-offs.
  • Like many other managed hosting offers, serverless architecture offers you a hosted solution on a provider-controlled environment.  What happens when updates aren't compatible with your application?  Can you afford the impact to your application?  How long would it take you to on-board contractors to address the problem?
  • Whether connecting to remote databases, or creating and retrieving API-connected storage on the fly, networking is of critical importance but frequently problematic.  Blocked or dropped API calls or firewall restricted remote access can cause your operations to come to an immediate halt.  Can you afford the downtime and costs involved in hiring a contractor?
With managed WordPress hosting support services from Arcane Strategies, your monthly subscription gets you prompt service, at a nominal fee, to address problems your hosting provider cannot. Benefit from Arcane's off-shore ticketing system with hands-on support for your website on your control panel (CPanel, Plesk, or otherwise) thanks to our monitoring alerts and support requests within 24 hours of the incident. Sign-up Today! Learn more about our managed cloud services.
Whitepapers
The following are samples of planning documentation, made available under MIT licensing.

Arcane Virtual Terminal POS

Use our cloud-based PCI-Compliant Virtual Terminal POS for the Verifone P400 and BBPOS Chipper devices (October 2020)

Connect your Merchant account, eCommerce website, or ERP directly to our cloud-based Virtual Terminal POS for a turnkey and managed POS solution (our POS solution is a compatible with Stripe POS solution).  No technical knowledge required!  Integrates directly with:
  • Stripe Legacy (Goods & Services with Plans)
  • Stripe (Products with Prices)
  • WooCommerce (Simple, Variable, and Subscription Products)
Interested in a more DIY solution with WooCommerce? Check out our Stripe Terminal for WooCommerce solution. Then check out the WooCommerce POS installation video when you're ready.

Our Virtual Terminal POS: FREE Trial + No long-term commitments + Lower Surcharges!

Your subscription will get you 7 days of free access to our platform, which you can use as long as you'd like. You may cancel or pause at any time from within your subscription account panel. As Stripe verified partners, we are able to secure lower transaction fees in order to prevent our additional charges from impacting your bottom line. At $25/mo , you can expect to pay a total 3.2% + $0.15 per reader transaction inclusive of Stripe fees, automatically deducted upon sale. Check out our demo using our dummy cashier: https://johnnysdonuts.arcanepos.com ID/PW: demo@arcanestrategies.com / A5c5hY4kPLrdUOsYg8uC

How does that stack up to the competition?

Authorize.net (gateway) charges $25/mo + 2.9% + 0.30 without a POS solution. Comparable POS solutions like Clover, Square, Toast may charge as much as $79/mo additional and fees as high as 3.5% without integrating Virtual Terminals to hardware Visit our virtual terminal pricing page to calculate how your fees would look compared to Square.

Not Good Enough?  Need More Incentive?

How about these kick@$$ benefits!
  • Hardware Integrated: Arcane's Virtual Terminal is one of only a few options directly integrated to card-readers with browser-based transactions.  Square can't say the same!
  • Customer and Order Data Synching: Perform two-way syncs between your terminal based orders and merchant account (ie. WooCommerce <-> Stripe) to ensure your customer data and order/inventory data is always synced without the need for an expensive ERP.
  • Customer Insights: Using fingerprint technology, your cashiers will be able to identify patrons with upsell opportunities based on past order history just by presenting their credit card.
  • Contactless Payments:  Accept contactless Payments, Apple Pay, Google Pay, and Samsung Pay

Trying to buy the device?

When you purchase your license, you'll be given the option to rent from us and we'll also send you a direct link to buy the device from within your Stripe account.
  • Once you sign up, visit your subscriptions page and click the "Stripe Connect" button
  • Then visit https://arcanepos.com to set up your account
  • You'll be required to provide the following information
    • Stripe Acocunt ID (we will try to retrieve this for you)
    • Your Store name (you will have a branded standalone subdomain)
    • Additional optional settings such as customer account required fields and branded logos.
  • Once completed, we'll verify your settings and within 24 hours you will receive a dedicated subdomain URL specific to your POS.
  • Now you are ready to set up your devices.
  1. Once you have received your device, log into your POS account using the branded link provided at the end of your setup process and an authorized user (email address)
  2. Make sure your P400 device is turned on and connected to the internet. To connect it, type 0-7-1-3-9. We will use the message on the screen in step 6.
  3. Log into your POS and select the "Settings" option in the main navigation.
  4. On the device, In the next screen give it a unique name you'll remember.
  5. Now create your first location. Locations help avoid confusion in a multi-reader store, the details aren't important, they just help you organize.
  6. To set up a reader, click the "Add Reader" button within the location you just set up and type in the string displaying on your device. This is usually 3 words separated by hyphens.
  7. Your user must be assigned to a location, now.  All terminal users must be assigned to locations.  To assign user accounts access to specific locations' readers, there are 3 steps:
    1. Click "Users" to get to the user's panel and then edit the user you want and select the location you want to assign them to from the Locations option. Then save.
    2. Log into https://store.arcanestrategies.com and select "Manage Users" from the dropdown when you hover over the profile icon in the main navigation.
    3. Enter the email address of the user you want to provide access to, from step 1, and click "Send Invite". You're now done!
Arcane Virtual Terminal POS

Stripe Terminal for WooCommerce

Download our PCI-Compliant plugin, Stripe Terminal for WooCommerce, to begin processing transactions with the Verifone P400 and BBPOS Chipper

Find out how our Stripe Terminal for WooCommerce can help your business today...

Convert your WooCommerce store into a point-of-sale checkout portal with our Stripe Terminal for WooCommerce plugin when paired with the Verifone P400 Stripe terminal, WooCommerce, and WooCommerce Stripe Gateway plugin version 4.2+. Arcane also offers Managed WordPress Hosting support services - learn more today! Not using WooCommerce?  Check out our standalone solution to connect directly to your Stripe account with our Stripe POS standalone platform - you'll see it listed on our Stripe POS Products page, called Arcane Virtual Terminal POS.

Reduce your Stripe fees by 6.9% + 0.25 per transaction!

Your subscription will provide you with this current version of the plugin and support for all minor releases. Check out our demos with the username below:

Trying to buy the device?

When you purchase your license, you'll be given the option to rent from us and we'll also send you a direct link to buy the device from within your Stripe account.

Stripe Terminal for WooCommerce Pro Services Features (Not included in the free version)

  • FREE initial 1-hour setup
  • In-Person Payments Direct to WooCommerce and Stripe
  • Create, Manage, and Track Segmented Orders on Unlimited Locations with Unlimited Readers
  • Support for All Current Stripe and Verifone P400 Features
  • Support Contactless Payments, Apple Pay, Google Pay, and Samsung Pay
  • Assign Cashier or Shared Accounts to Designated Locations.
  • Support Payments for Digital, Virtual, and Recurring Subscription Products. Simply create your customer's account from within the CMS (or have them create their own account from the frontend of your website) and find the customer by email during checkout.
  • Perform Customer Data Syncs between WordPress and Stripe (sync your legacy data!)

Pro Tips

  • Location management is a great way to segment order data to each location for improved performance metrics and inventory management. It's critical to business running multiple locations and a great strategy tool for the traveling small business owner.
  • Reader accessibility management is great for reducing clutter for shops managing multiple readers and is a much better security measure.
  • Requiring Customer Accounts: As with most eCommerce frameworks, WooCommerce allows you to enable or disable guest checkout but as a logged-in Admin, this doesn't help you much. With services that require customer account information, such as digital downloads and subscriptions, customer account info is necessary but for other products (ie. simple products), an email is not required. What if you insist upon always having a customer account? Simply check the option "Always Require Customer Account on Checkout".
  • Log into the WordPress CMS as a user who has (a) store manager privileges (ie. an admin) and (b) is assigned access in store.arcanestrategies.com as well and, (c) is assigned to a location in your plugin settings.
  • While logged in, navigate your customer through the checkout experience. You'll be given the option to select the terminal reader icon to process accordingly.
  • Selecting the terminal option and press the button for the reader you set up during installation.
  • If you are selling a product that requires a customer account such as a digital download or subscription, you will be required to enter an email address to find their account. If they haven't registered yet, you can choose to either:
    • Ask your user to register through their selected device (ie. smartphone).
    • Visit the "Users" section and create a user on their behalf. Be sure to select the "customer" role when you do so. This is a WooCommerce feature.
  • Credit card prompts will expire after 30 seconds but may be manually canceled by hitting the "Esc" key on your keyboard.
  1. After purchase, you'll receive an email with a link to download the package. Unzip the package to your plugins directory and enable it. If you have our FREE plugin installed, please deactivate it and be sure you have our latest FREE version installed, to avoid legacy issues.
  2. Make sure your P400 device is turned on and connected to the internet. To connect it, type 0-7-1-3-9. We will use the message on the screen in step 6.
  3. Log into your WordPress admin panel using the email you've purchased the license with. Now go to the plugins page, find the plugin, click "activate", then click "settings".
  4. Enter the registration code that you will have received in your email in step 1.
  5. Now create your first location. Locations help avoid confusion in a multi-reader store, the details aren't important, they just help you organize.
  6. To set up a reader, click the "Add Reader" button within the location you just set up and type in the string displaying on your device. This is usually 3 words separated by hyphens.
  7. Your user must be assigned to a location, now.  All terminal users must be assigned to locations.  To assign user accounts access to specific locations' readers, there are 3 steps:
    1. Click "Users" to get to the user's panel and then edit the user you want and select the location you want to assign them to from the dropdown (search "Locations"). Then save.
    2. Log into https://store.arcanestrategies.com and select "Manage Users" from the dropdown when you hover over the profile icon in the main navigation.
    3. Enter the email address of the user you want to provide access to, from step 1, and click "Send Invite". You're now done!
Installation Notes:
    • Pretty Permalinks are required to be enabled for BBPOS Chipper support.
    • This plugin may encounter issues with the "Merge + Minify + Refresh" plugin and other compile and minify production asset plugins. If problems are encountered, simply deactivate your minification plugin, reload the page, then reactivate the minification plugin to rebuild the cache with the new files.
 
Stripe Terminal for WooCommerce

Brand Name Generator (with Domain Generator)

With Our Brand Name Generator Tool, Find Your New Brand Today!

Coming up with your brand name is critical - our Brand Name Generator tool can help... Have you ever come up with the perfect name for your business just to find the domain is already been taken? Consider that problem solved with Arcane's proprietary brand generator. With the help of the good old dictionary, Arcane's search algorithm will analyze any given set of brand names to determine the best possible match for your business and provide you with a filtered set of available domain names within your budget! Our machine learning algorithm builds a weighted profile of 500+ data points against brands of your choosing and searches across the entire English language and an ever-growing list of made-up words to create brand names most closely matching the profile you've created. Give it a shot!  Simply enter brand names you'd like to align with and a price you're willing to pay for the domain.  For more accurate results, try breaking up brands into dictionary-friendly works (ie. "face","book" instead of "facebook", "spot", "ify" instead of "spotify"). And if you're curious about the story - and technology - behind the tool, be sure to check out our brand name generator origin story article!  
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Brand Name Generator (with Domain Generator)