GuildPortal FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions about GuildPortal Hosting

Q: Can multiple members contribute to the subscription payment?

We do not currently host any type of "community chest" functionality. The main reason for this is that the subscriptions are recurring, and charging multiple accounts at recurring intervals is messy, especially when some people can drop out at any time. In other systems where there is a community chest, there is non-recurring billing where individual contributions are added to an overall "pool" that is drawn from every subscription renewal period. The difficulty with that is that we almost always honor requests for refunds on subscription payments, and individual refunds could pull the guild out of subscriber status. Additionally, if a guild falls out of subscriber status or is disbanded in the game, there is no way for all of the funds to be refunded at once, since some of the subscription period may have already required some of the funds available.

An alternative is to set up your own PayPal "Donate" button so that individual members can contribute to the primary person paying the subscription.

How do I add a PayPal donate link/button?
09. Advanced Administration

Here's how you do it:

1. Login to paypal under the “merchant account“ you set up to accept payments.  I'm not sure if this can be done without one...

2. Go to the “Merchant Tools“ tab.

3. Click “Buy Now Buttons,“ tucked away in the first paragraph that has the title “Use PayPal on your website!“

4. Enter the details in the form.  For item name/service, use something like “Site Donation,“ and give any number for the item id/number.  Have whatever price you like, select the currency...

5. Select the “Buy Now“ button or provide one of your own.

6. Under Security Settings, click “No“ to encrypt the payment button.  Normally, it'd be a very bad idea to do this, but since you're accepting donations from your members and not actually charging for a service, it shouldn't be a big deal.

7. Click “Create Button Now“ to complete the form.

8. Two text boxes with code in them will appear.  The code you want to grab is the code in the “Link for Emails“ text box.  It contains everything necessary to send the user to PayPal to donate to ya.  Here's a sample of what these links look like (please don't donate, lol -- this is just a sample!):