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    Automated repeat billing for subscription services

    Hi All,

    I wonder if anyone has any advice or experience to offer with regard to automated repeat billing on websites for subscription services?

    I'm starting with basic assumption that I (the website owner or developer) don't want to store credit card details of clients on our own server (encrypted or otherwise). So the responsility of securely holding these details - for without them it's not v. easy to repeat bill! - is entirely in the hands of the (hopefully) trustworth payment gateway / processing service.

    In a perfect world this sort of 3rd party service would be entirely integrated into the subscription service website, i.e. so that the 3rd party processor is completely transparent to the customer.

    We (my business) have had some experience with Worldpay's 'Futurepay' product. http://support.worldpay.com/products...pay/index.html. It's OK, but it does require the customer to leave your site.

    Does anyone else have any experience they want to share on this subject?

    I reckon it's going to become a bigger topic over time as the whole ASP/SaaS models get going.

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    A lot of sites use Paypal's subscription service. They automatically bill the user on a monthly basis. You might want to look into that...

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    Thanks for that.

    Does anyone else have experience of integrating repeat billing directly inside their website (i.e. without the need to go to a 3rd party site such as Paypal)?

    Thanks.
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    Sure. You just need to write a program that you can schedule on the server. I do it a lot on my Windows 2003 server. Not for subscriptions, but for lots of other tasks that need to be done on a regular basis.
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    If you would prefer going through a gateway instead of a 3rd party processor, this SitePoint article compares 6 gateways and includes some coverage of the recurring billing features available for each:

    http://www.sitepoint.com/article/mon...e-is-gateways/

    (You would probably need to look for one that provides an API for recurring billing.)
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    Use Netbilling's gateway. Their system does repeat billing and is second to none. We use them exclusively and have tried many, many others in the past.
    Last edited by simonsez2; Dec 20, 2005 at 11:42.


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