Wednesday, 10 April 2013


Today I was doing some work on my photo website. I am trying to implement payment through paypal, but paypal have recently changed their website, and the new site makes it incredibly difficult to find the relevant information.

Previously I'm pretty sure you would just click on sell, click on create a button, and then you could click a link from there for more information about all the different variables that are available to use in the form. Now you just get sent round in loops and are forced to sign up for a business account. Eventually I did manage to find the info I needed, which is here: HTML Variables for PayPal Payments Standard.

I did a bit more reading about how the paypal payment process works, and it seems you need to setup something to do with IPN - Instant Payment Notification. However, when you view the IPN page on the Paypal website, it has a 'Get Started' button that wants you to sign up for a new account. At the top of the page it says 'Log in', indicating that you aren't logged into paypal.

But if you login and then navigate back to the IPN page (either through the back button and a page refresh or forward navigating by searching for the page after signing in), then you get the same state of affairs. It has a 'Get Started' button that wants you to sign up for a new account, and at the top of the page it says 'Log in'.

Given how large paypal is, it's amazing how bad their website is.

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