Looking for some Paypal IPN advice

Does anyone have experience with the PayPal IPN process? I’m trying to sort out a client with a membership subscription site and about 400 members who are paying annually. We are looking to drop their existing membership plugin and this means that the current IPN url will start to fail. PayPal tells me there is no way to edit an existing IPN url that is already embedded in their system - in fact when I took over their site I switched to https and this made the renewals fail because it is seen as a different address, so we had to change back.

The current IPN url is of the form: http://www.site.com.au/?it_exchange_paypal-standard-secure=1 . What I want to know is if there is some way to set up something that will just return a “verified” message back to PayPal so it will go ahead and process the recurring payment. I think I’d be looking at a listener page as outlined here: https://developer.paypal.com/docs/classic/ipn/integration-guide/IPNImplementation/

It can be independent of any new membership plugin. I’m just looking for a way to keep the current members without them having to re-subscribe. I’d really appreciate any suggestions.


Ecwid.com is up and coming company with a very flexible product and API I’ve worked with often and consulted with when they were starting up. Not sure how they would use subscribe functions but they’ve upgraded alot of features lately so might be worth a look.

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Copying from Slack:

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From my limited experience, +1 for going with Stripe if you can.

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Yes, thanks James… that’s certainly an option and one they are considering. I think it’s looking like getting everyone to resubscribe in Stripe. Hopefully they don’t lose too many.