A membership website using PayPal as a payment gateway - a proof of concept (POC)
give or take.
When the time permits, I like to set myself a website dev challenge. During a recent, rather damp bank holiday weekend I decided to embark on a new project, the task, design and build a simple, stylish members' website.
Here's the brief ...
The website brief
- Creation of a simple, bright, inviting, responsive website.
- The project will need an identity.
- Basic branding and a defined target audience.
- The website will be managed via an easy to use Content Management System (ProcessWire).
- Project to be created without using a dedicated 3rd party membership plugin.
- Membership colour coding would be beneficial.
- Some visual animation would be nice.
- Sign-up form/s with security checks.
- Select from three different types of membership.
- Instant access to the members' area after payment/registration.
- Recurring payments.
- Payment processing via PayPal.
- Membership sign-up details saved to CMS and also sent out to website owner via email.
- Existing members can log in.
The homepage details the membership options including clear 'calls to action'.
After selecting a membership type, the visitor is asked to complete a short registration form.
The membership 'types' are colour coded blue, red and green.
After the registration form is submitted a number of things happen.
- The submitted form information is saved to the CMS database.
- The submitted form information is also sent to the website owner via email.
- The site visitor will be redirected to a PayPal page to complete payment process.
- Site visitors can pay for membership via their PayPal account or alternatively pay with a credit card.
After payment has been made the visitor will be returned back to the website where they can complete the final part of registration, choosing a UN and PW.
Returning members' can login directly via the login page.
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