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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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"
<input type="hidden" name="cmd" value="_xclick-subscriptions">
<input type="hidden" name="business" value="firstname.lastname@example.org">
<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">
Pasting the code above into your website would generate a button that looks
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..