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Integrating subscription system with online payment


  • Hello all,



    I am currently evaluating different CMSes for a magazine-style website I might start if I get all the pieces together. Campsite so far seems to be the best candidate that would keep me from having to completely roll my own Wink



    There's just one thing I'd like to ask a question about ... how difficult or easy would it be to integrate a payment button solution (as used in online banks or PayPal) that would allow the customer to pay for the subscription? Selling content online is difficult enough without making the customer jump through hoops to accomodate a more complex payment solution, and as I see it, the most I can make our customers do is push a button.



    The payment cycle is the usual "form contains payment data, click button to go to bank, bank calls back to site after payment"... would this be implementable? At most I probably would have to set up some external payment-tracking application that would manipulate the database outside of the CMS?

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    Hi,

    It shouldn't be to difficult to implement such a system; currently I'm working
    on this. I tried to use zencart as the e-commerce engine but I hit a deadend
    because of the bank system: I have to send a post request to the bank server
    for credit card transaction and I tried to do it using curl but unfortunatelly
    it doesn't work and I can't figure out why because I can't debug. So I'm
    working now on implementing a very simple e-commerce application (much simpler
    than zencart) but this is specialy built for this bank (BBS).

    I can help you with campsite user creation scripts and you can try to use
    zencart (recommended) - hopefully it will work with your bank. Let me know if
    you need more info on this.

    Mugur

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    > Hello all,
    >
    > I am currently evaluating different CMSes for a magazine-style website I
    > might start if I get all the pieces together. Campsite so far seems to be
    > the best candidate that would keep me from having to completely roll my
    > own Wink
    >
    > There's just one thing I'd like to ask a question about ... how difficult
    > or easy would it be to integrate a payment button solution (as used in
    > online banks or PayPal) that would allow the customer to pay for the
    > subscription? Selling content online is difficult enough without making
    > the customer jump through hoops to accomodate a more complex payment
    > solution, and as I see it, the most I can make our customers do is push a
    > button.
    >
    > The payment cycle is the usual "form contains payment data, click button
    > to go to bank, bank calls back to site after payment"... would this be
    > implementable? At most I probably would have to set up some external
    > payment-tracking application that would manipulate the database outside of
    > the CMS?
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  • Thanks for the offer, I might take it up if I actually end up using campsite... for me this is still very much theory as I am still just evaluating approaches. At the moment I am considering setting up a separate web app that would handle the payment process with the bank. This of course is somewhat nasty because it is not easily integrated with the rest of the site and might end up confusing users if they have to use a "separate site" to make their purchases...

  • > At the moment I am considering setting up a
    > separate web app that would handle the payment process with the bank. This
    > of course is somewhat nasty because it is not easily integrated with the
    > rest of the site and might end up confusing users if they have to use a
    > "separate site" to make their purchases...
    They don't have to see a separate site: it (the CC transaction site) can look
    the same as the publication site and can be installed on the same system. The
    readers won't see any difference because you do the templates, both for
    publication and CC transaction site. From your point of view there will be 2
    different applications, that's true but the readers don't have to see this.

    Mugur

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