Confirm order after paypal payment

November 2, 2007

The last time I did a site with payment via paypal was in 2005, and because of paypal’s flow at the time most orders were unconfirmed. It goes like this – user puts stuff in cart, clicks checkout, goes to paypal, pays, and then sees a screen saying “Your payment is complete. Click here to return to merchant’s site”. Most people don’t bother to make that final click, so I couldn’t confirm that the order had been paid for.

Maybe I missed this back in 2005, but I was doing another site yesterday and came across a parameter called “notify_url” you pass in the POST vars to paypal. It’s a url that paypal calls when the payment goes through, so I was able to use that to confirm the order had been paid for, without the user having to return to the merchant’s site after payment. Very handy


One Response to “Confirm order after paypal payment”

  1. sandrar Says:

    Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. 🙂 Cheers! Sandra. R.

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