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Anyone running a paid subscription site? I have a question.

Discussion in 'Membership Sites' started by boatybotany, Jan 24, 2012.

  1. boatybotany

    boatybotany Junior Member

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    Just looking for a little help here and some suggestions. I'm running a site that's about 7 years and I'm trying to implement paid subscriptions. Currently I'm using paypal but when I get a new subscriber I have to manually enter them into my site so they can gain access. This means making a username and password for them.

    This is where it gets tricky. I am unable to keep up with the signups so people get frustrated and cancel their subscription before I can manually enter them into the website. I wanted to use the paypal subscription manager but it won't work with my site since it's a coldfusion site based on an IIS server. Paypal subscription manager only works on apache servers. I really don't want to convert my site into a different model since I have a lot of custom databases, custom work built around coldfusion, and I think it would be much more of a hassle.

    So basically I would want my subscribers to sign up and have an automated username/password generated which would be communicated from paypal to my website user database so they have instant access to my content.

    What are you using for subscription management? Or do you have any ideas of workarounds to use paypal subscription management on a coldfusion site? Any help or ideas would be greatly appreciate. Thanks.
     
  2. dude555

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    I run a paid subscription site long time ago. If I remember, a wordpress plugin can help you with this problem. Google it up.
     
  3. AdisLCS

    AdisLCS Power Member

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    It's hard since u have done lots of custom work on it. But you may be able to get programmer to imPlement something. I have a site that runs on socialengine and I am happy so far.

    But I had other subscription sites where I used Amember with no issues. You might be able to use it for new members and might even add/import old ones in.

    Good luck man
     
  4. poweronics

    poweronics Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    I think Amember can be the best option as I had a friend who also used it for the same purpose and was going well with it.
     
  5. humanseed

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    I also use aMember, and it works great with me (once you get it setup)

    I have over 500 people signed up, and growing everyday, and amember handles all the money, paypal transaction id's and instantly sends an email to the buyer and activates their account to allow them access to the protected areas of the site.
    I just sit back and refresh my paypal account, amember does the rest
     
  6. maxxwilliams

    maxxwilliams Junior Member

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    Okay so I am planning on starting a subscription site as well, and from my research here, a lot of people prefer amember. But, if I integrate paypal with amember, will there still be fees that paypal keeps for every subscription? Does anyone know how to eliminate these fees?
     
  7. audiosway

    audiosway Newbie

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    I ran a membership site with over 750,000 members and we used a custom php app for that. But, with my new ventures I'm using wordpress sites built S2 member Pro. No issues at all. It works great. I wouldn't use anything else at this point.
     
  8. kishan

    kishan Newbie

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    Don't worry man once search wordpress in google and try if u can find any solution for ur prob....
    if u dont find any solution then better go for amember man.... it handles all the accounts well....
    so all the best buddy.......
     
  9. RoscoeT

    RoscoeT Junior Member

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    if you could be making money with automated signup then it's worth a small investment to either move the site to a different platform or get a paypal IPN api coded for you.
    Sometimes you've got to spend some money to make some.
     
  10. LordCameltoe

    LordCameltoe Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    You could always setup the signup on a subdomain (secure.domain.com) or a seperate domain all together, process payments via paypal there using apache and have a php script relay the info to your cold fusion database.

    No need to change your site, you can easily process through paypal and all you need is a coder to set up the relay.
     
  11. jeremykyle

    jeremykyle Newbie

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    good thread guys,i just run VIP membership on mine
     
  12. boatybotany

    boatybotany Junior Member

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    Thank you for all the suggestions. I have a coder working on it now but has run into a problem. On my site the user enters their info which is then stored in the database as "inactive", then proceed to use paypal for payment. Payment is processed but paypal has a problem returning the new userID for activation.

    I'm going to give my coder some more time but I'm thinking about ditching paypal all together and going with a credit card merchant. I liked paypal because my monthly subscription price was small and they have a micro fee instead what other merchants charge. Any ideas?
     
  13. d35i9n

    d35i9n Newbie

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    paypal has a sanbox to set it all up. if your coder is having problems then you might need a new coder, because its really not that difficult

    lordcameltoe gave good advice on what to do about using coldfusion