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Web Site Subscriptions
besides paypal

 11:41 pm on Apr 9, 2005 (gmt 0)

None of the open source cms solutions seem to have a paid subscription "thing" built in. A lot of folks are using paypal. Is anyone aware of a more "professional" option before I go ahead and hire a php guy to program a custom subscription module? What else to y'all use?

Briefly, I am building a community site (not a forum) that would have different permissions/tools/features by subscription. I would like to use Xaraya, although I'm not married to that particular cms.



 10:51 pm on Apr 11, 2005 (gmt 0)

So, y'all use paypal when applicable?


 1:02 am on Apr 12, 2005 (gmt 0)

what's unprofessional about PayPal? Over 60 million people use it. I think it's great.


 1:30 pm on Apr 12, 2005 (gmt 0)

I'm gonna use it, people are more used to using PayPal for eBay and classifieds now so they don't see it as a grubby little scheme any more (can't think of a better way to say that)


 2:17 pm on Apr 12, 2005 (gmt 0)

Not to be argumentative, but as an illustration: If it's so professional, then why doesn't amazon use it. Am I going to be as big as amazon? Maybe... ::wink::

I'm talking about *monthly* subscriptions. I'm going to be serving companies (only) many of which are quite large. Am I supposed to send these big companies to paypal? Does this site? I'm not sure.

Think slashdot and ars technica... Again, I'm not doing forums but they have a subscription feature *built in* to the site to access certain forums.

I need a seemless and *automated* solution. I need to accept busineess credit cards and set permissions accordingly. I've seen many requests for such a feature in oscms forums and heard rumors of these modules existing. Is anyone here aware of any?

I'm guessing I'll have to get this thing cutom developed, but I was just seeing if anything was already out there and is working for any of y'all.


 11:31 pm on Apr 12, 2005 (gmt 0)

You can contact a bank and get a credit card merchant account, pay their monthly minimums, contract with a credit card gateway, jimmy the code to make it work with your site, and you're set.

It's a far more costly solution than paypal, but it "looks" more professional.


 11:58 pm on Apr 12, 2005 (gmt 0)

I already have merchant account, etc. arrangments in place. What I was inquiring about is a *subscription module* for any CMS.


 12:06 am on Apr 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

Look at what the ISP's do. You sign up online for either internet access or for web hosting, and they bill you monthly and send along a nice little email.

Or reconfigure your own shopping cart.


 12:24 am on Apr 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

You sign up online for either internet access or for web hosting, and they bill you monthly and send along a nice little email.

I could do this. I just hope I don't end up wasting my life handling it all manually. I'll look into billing systems that I can use on my end, separate from the CMS. Thanks for your help.

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