Allowing Gateway Webhooks or IPN Data into a Protected Site (for testing or development)

Many development and staging sites want to restrict total access to the site’s folder on the webserver. One of the easiest ways to do this is by setting a UNIX password at the server level.

This advanced developer recipe shows you how to set up custom .htaccess rules to allow your Webhook or IPN data through this security measure. This will allow you to properly configure and test payment gateways in Paid Memberships Pro.

Add Credit Cards and PayPal Logos to Checkout when Using PayPal Gateway or Add PayPal Express Add On

This code gist is a bit of CSS that you can add to your theme or a helper customizations plugin’s custom css file. It adds the credit card logos and a PayPal logo to the “Select Payment Method” box shown on membership checkout.

PayPal Change Affecting IPN: SHA-256 Compliance and Your Membership Website

If you’re using PayPal as a gateway on your membership site, below is some information about a September 2015 update to require SHA-256 Compliance. This affects all sites using PayPal for Instant Payment Notification (IPN) on a non SHA-256 compliant server.

It is very likely that your hosting company or server has already been updated to support these new security requirements. However, if you are using an SSL certificate on your site (and especially if it was installed more than a few months ago), you may need to have your certificate reissued.

Read on for more details on how to test your SSL certificate and server and what to do.

Comparing PayPal Gateways and PayPal Gateway Setup Guides for Paid Memberships Pro

Paid Memberships Pro integrates with many flavors of PayPal. See this comparison chart for details on each option, plus a guide on how to set up your selected PayPal gateway under “Memberships” > “Payment Settings”. See the Comparison Chart The chart includes links to setup guides for each gateway option. Here’s that list for reference: (more…)

Redirect the s2member IPN URL to the PMPro IPN URL

If you’re migrating from s2member to Paid Memberships Pro, here’s one additional step needed to ensure PayPal IPN data is sent and updated within PMPro.

Customize and add this code to your theme’s functions.php file or a helper PMPro Customizations plugin (our recommended method).

The code would be very similar for other membership plugins. If you need help crafting this IPN redirect for another plugin migration, post to the member forums.