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Accepting Paypal Subscriptions

You may have noticed that Metasphere.net hosting accounts are paid for using Paypal Subscription Service. We have found this to be an extremely efficient way to bill our clients for monthly services. Compared to monitoring, generating, and mailing monthly statements, then waiting a week - ?? for the checks to roll in, This service cannot be outdone. It's like having an outsourced billing department with instantaneous payment at the instant a clients account becomes due. When you use PayPal Subscriptions, your customers can purchase automatically recurring subscriptions from your website, or even using a link in an email!

Subscriptions is a low-cost way for you to accept credit card and bank account payments for content site subscriptions, newsletter fees, club dues, or recurring donations, and can be fully integrated with your website in a few easy steps.

What are the benefits?

    Save time and money with PayPal's hassle-free Subscriptions:
    • Easy to implement - flexible and automatic billing frees you from sending invoices
    • No up-front costs - you'll have the same low fee schedule used when you receive other PayPal payments
    • Sell with ease - PayPal maintains detailed transaction records on our website
    • Improve buyer experience - with customizable buttons and secure payments, happy customers become repeat customers

Here's how it works...

The instructions below provide a brief overview of PayPal Subscriptions. For more detailed instructions or to add special features to your Subscriptions button, please refer to the Subscriptions Manual (PDF 524K / 37 pages).

The Shopping Cart is easy to set-up and use:

  • Log in to your Premier or Business PayPal account.


  • Click on the Sell tab


  • Click on the Subscriptions link


  • Specify the name, billing cycle, price, and other details of the item you wish to sell


  • Add more optional information such as shipping, sales tax, and option fields (for size, color, etc.)


  • Click Create Button Now and the Button Factory will generate customized HTML code


  • Paste the HTML code on your website to create your "Subscribe" and "Cancel Subscription" buttons.

  • When a buyer clicks the "Subscribe" button, he will be taken to a secure PayPal payment page, where he can log in to an existing PayPal account or sign up for a new one, and quickly complete the payment.

Subscriptions HTML Code

Experienced HTML users can bypass the Button Factory and create their own Shopping Cart payment buttons by altering the HTML code directly. The sample code below shows the minimum information you need to create an Add to Cart button (in this case, to purchase a newsletter subscription billed $5.00 per month):

<form name="_xclick" action="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr" method="post">
<input type="hidden" name="cmd" value="_xclick-subscriptions">
<input type="hidden" name="business" value="me@mybiz.com">
<input type="hidden" name="no_shipping" value="1">
<input type="image" src="http://www.paypal.com/images/x-click-but20.gif" border="0" name="submit" alt="Make payments with PayPal - it's fast, free and secure!">
<input type="hidden" name="a3" value="5.00">
<input type="hidden" name="p3" value="1">
<input type="hidden" name="t3" value="M">
<input type="hidden" name="src" value="1">
<input type="hidden" name="sra" value="1">
</form>

Pasting the code above into your website would generate a button that looks like this:

If you dynamically generate portions of your site, you can create Subscribe buttons dynamically and save time by updating the variables with information from your database. To use the button above for a different subscription, you would only need to edit three variables:


a3 - amount to billed each recurrence
t3 - time period (D=days, W=weeks, M=months, Y=years)
p3 - number of time periods between each recurrence

For the example above, the variables would are:

$5.00 (a3) every 1 (p3) month (t3)

For more information about using Subscriptions on your website, including adding automatic trial periods for the subscription, see the Subscriptions Manual (PDF 524K / 37 pages) -- you must be a paypal member and be logged in to paypal to click this link..

 




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