Forte Payment Systems Pricing, Features, Reviews & Alternatives

Forte Payment Systems

Complete payment platform

4.58/5 (71 reviews)

Forte Payment Systems overview

What is Forte Payment Systems?

Forte offers a complete payment solution to accept online payments in a variety of formats, including credit cards and eChecks, accepting all major credit cards and debit cards and verifying checks. Forte can also be used to manage recurring billing, integrate secure checkout to your website, take mobile payments on the go, and track and report on all payment activity from a single interface.

Forte offers advanced features to simplify and secure payment processing, these include ACH processing which lets you automatically collect payments from recurring subscriptions, memberships, as well as one-time payments. The ACH feature includes Sunday processing, late cut-off times, automatic recollect of returned checks, and automatic account correction.

Forte also includes point-to-point encryption and tokenization to protect and hide sensitive payment, check and credit card data as it moves through the payment process. Other features include real-time reporting, notifications & alerts, APIs for integration with other systems, and support for customers to pay over the phone and from their mobile phones.
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Pricing

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Markets

United States, Canada

Supported languages

English
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Forte Payment Systems user reviews

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Ken T.

Excellent Pricing-A Little Lacking on Features

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-07-19
Review Source: Capterra

We started out with PayPal online payments but quickly wanted a more robust and professional way to accept payments at a lower cost. Forte was a great solution for us overall.

Pros
The system handles all the PCI requirements and offers very, very competitive one-time eCheck entries. VERY few companies I found will offer this so it is a GREAT benefit our church deeply appreciates.

Cons
Setup was a little involved, since we are not a typical storefront selling some kind of product. Our payments are all donations. As such, setting up to allow people to donate to various of our income stream was a little involved--regular donations, international fund, youth camp fund, assistance to the needy, etc. But we've been able to make it work for us.

Response from Forte Payment Systems


Hi Ken. Thanks so much for providing feedback based on your experience using Forte. We appreciate your time and value you as a customer. Our support teams are available to help you with whatever you need.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Eoin G.

Integration with Invoicing Systems with some what rates competitive with Square, Stripe and Paypal

Used occasionally for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2020-07-27
Review Source: Capterra

We had a generally positive experience with Forte. Our main use of Forte was ACH processing, but the turn around time on ACH transactions was upwards of 10 days before funds were deposited in our account. Our new processor linked with our bank has a much faster turnaround time, usually 3 days.

Pros
Setting up the account was a pretty smooth process. We were assigned a merchant ID and given access to a virtual client to manually charge credit cards. They offer ACH processing with our invoicing software. When we decided to move to a different ACH process we left Forte. I was expecting a hassle cancelling our account, but it was straightforward and easy.

Cons
The virtual credit card processing client is very dated as is the navigation for reporting. Unlike Square, Forte charges a different percentage for American Express credit cards (and many of our clients use their business AmEx which created a functionally higher credit card processing rate.

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Likelihood to recommend: 7/10

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Stevie R.

We only use it because we have to

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-09-05
Review Source: Capterra

Pros
The only pro about your product is that it allows for our developers to write their own code to reconcile the transactions processed in Forte with our Quickbooks software. We have had to spent an absurd amount of resources to get it to work, but at least you allow us the option and a sandbox as other companies require a 3rd party software or close this information off completely.

Cons
Pretty much everything else. The Dex platform is a slight improvement, however, everything needs to be initially set up in the Virtual Terminal prior to being available in Dex (example, email addresses). The Virtual Terminal is horribly designed (literally painful to look at) the amount of clicks it takes in order to complete a function is excessive, the character max for email addresses is unnecessary. If we could switch off of this platform we would, but unfortunately many of the other processors out there do not play well with Quickbooks Enterprise.

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Likelihood to recommend: 1/10

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Michael H.

Solid choice for our small business

Used weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed 2021-02-02
Review Source: Capterra

Forte is an easy way for us to get paid faster with eCheck payments, really glad we found them.

Pros
We use Forte mainly for processing eCheck payments. The secure web pay feature is very useful for customers to make payments and was pretty straight forward to implement into our website. I also appreciate that their fees are low and transparent.

Cons
I feel like the forte checkout option should be easier to implement, similar to the secure web pay feature. It's not a big deal but it would be nicer to use since it looks more mobile friendly, but I'll probably need a web developer to put it on my website.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Katrine F.

It just WORKS!

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-08-30
Review Source: Capterra

We use Forte with NeonCRM. The two work together wonderfully.

Pros
Reliability. It just works. Up time is very close to 100%.

Cons
It's not pretty and takes a little bit to learn your way around, but it always works. Pretty isn't always better. I've seen many software companies release new prettier versions and lose the comfortable flexibility.

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Forte Payment Systems features

Billing & Invoicing
Recurring/Subscription Billing
Reporting/Analytics

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Alerts/Notifications (319 other apps)
Audit Trail (269 other apps)
Compliance Management (358 other apps)
Customizable Reports (242 other apps)
Data Import/Export (347 other apps)
Electronic Payments (232 other apps)
Expense Tracking (260 other apps)
Invoice Management (302 other apps)
Invoice Processing (229 other apps)
Multi-Currency (313 other apps)
Reporting & Statistics (411 other apps)
Third Party Integrations (332 other apps)
Workflow Management (266 other apps)

Additional information for Forte Payment Systems

Key features of Forte Payment Systems

  • ACH processing
  • Credit card processing
  • eCheck processing
  • Check verification & recovery
  • Payment gateway
  • Mobile payments
  • Checkout
  • Virtual terminal
  • Multi-channel bill paying
  • Recurring payments
  • Suite of reports
  • Fraud prevention
  • Real-time validation
  • Auto-collect returned checks
  • IVR/ phone payments
  • Print & email payment receipts
  • POS solutions
  • Notifications & alerts
  • Search, void, & refund payments
  • Full stack APIs
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Benefits

The Payment Tokenization feature "tokenizes" and encrypts sensitive payment data, protecting card holder and eCheck data and helping with PCI compliance.

Process real-time payment transactions on the move with the Mobile Payments feature, accepting eChecks, and credit cards with the mobile card swiper.

Get the Virtual Terminal with every Forte account to accept credit card payments, debit cards and electronic checks; to set up payment scheduling; and to access complete payment management & reporting.

Use ACH processing to automatically collect or disburse funds for one-time or recurring payments, payroll, subscriptions, memberships and more.

You can partner with Forte in order to incorporate payment handling into your applications or services, with free PCI Compliance and support for all payment methods.