Setting up Rate Plans for PayPal or WorldPay
How to set up rate plans (time limits, prices, and optionally bandwidth limits) in PayPal and WorldPay authentication systems.
Define your rate plan.
Decide what account time limits, and optionally bandwidth limits, you want to offer (e.g. an hour, a day, a week, etc.), and how much you want to charge. (The above is given for information purposes, and does not constitute a pricing recommendation.)
You can have multiple rate plans that you apply to different network locations, of course. And you can change prices at any time to run specials.
Purchased accounts expire when time or bandwidth limits are reached, whichever comes first. Maximum bandwidth includes upload plus download. One megabyte equals 2^20 or 1,048,576 bytes.
Sputnik does not take a cut of your PayPal or WorldPay revenues.
Log into SputnikNet, then navigate to the authentication system overview.
Select the PayPal or WorldPay authentication system that you want to use, or create a new one.
Setting up rate plans works identically whether you're using a PayPal or WorldPay authentication system. First, select the authentication system you want to use or click "Add New Authentication System" to create a new one.
For more information about creating a new authentication system, see the online documentation chapter titled "Creating a new Authentication System".
Add a new network access product.
Name your product, set price, expiration, and optionally, bandwidth limits.
- New Name: enter the name of the product that your customers will see. It's a good idea to mention the allowed time in the name.
- Price Amount: enter amount you want to charge for the product.
- PayPal or WorldPay Currency Code: select the desired currency from the pop-up list (see next step).
- Hard Expiration Interval: set the amount of time that the account will be valid for, following creation, in the format hh:mm:ss.
- Total bandwidth in megabytes
To disable bandwidth limits, leave maximum bandwidth value set to zero (0). Maximum bandwidth setting is approximately ten exabtyes (ten trillion megabytes).
NOTE: The PayPal and WorldPay authentication systems only support continuous usage plans that are valid only during the hard expiration interval. Users often neglect to use the session monitor window to terminate their sessions manually, which means that the session length tracked by SputnikNet can be greater than the amount of time the user believes they spent online. It is therefore simpler to offer continuous hourly/daily/weekly plans that have unambiguous expirations (from the user's perspective). This approach causes less of a support burden for the service provider and avoids disputes.