Following numerous requests, I’ve recently added Paypal as an option for subscriptions. I’m sorry it took so long; unfortunately these things are not easy!
So subscribers can now choose to pay via a debit or credit card (transactions handled by Worldpay), or by Paypal. Huzzah!
At some point I also want to replace Worldpay with something less, well, crap. It does the job, but the user interface is awful. Worldpay is what happens when you take a traditional payment machine service — you know, like how you pay in a restaurant — and convert it to an online system. It’s old-fashioned, and from a developer’s perspective it feels clunky and foreign to the web.
For now, I’m going to wait for Stripe to expand beyond the US. Stripe looks like a properly web-native payment system.
Here it is!
Hope you find this useful, and let me know if you have any questions!
I’ve been reviewing the past and thinking about what to change. I thought I’d share those ideas here.
You could be forgiven for thinking the Badminton Bible is dead, or at least withering. Since July, I’ve only put up one new video and one article!
But appearances can be deceptive. I haven’t abandoned the site, and you can expect to see regular content again within the next week or so. Right now I have two videos filmed but not yet edited (footwork for returning the flick serve, and basic forehand drop shots).
Have you encountered any problems with the Badminton Bible videos recently? If so, I need your help!
In the last few weeks, I’ve had several reports from customers — and also visitors in general — saying the videos are not working. When I’ve tried playing the videos myself, they sometimes failed.
It seems this is Highwinds’s fault. I’ve been hassling them about it on-and-off, and they’ve admitted problems with their system:
We have resolved a couple of issues the last couple of days surrounding our MPS platform.
We have isolated an issue with our MPS platform and are currently implementing a fix. We expect this to alleviate the issue you are seeing.
A little context: Highwinds is the company hosting my videos; for details, see the post explaining my video setup.
Back in September, Highwinds announced that they would shut down their existing video service, and replace it with something new and shiny. They gave customers (that’s me) only three months to upgrade to the new service. If we didn’t upgrade in time, our videos would just stop working
1. Why I use a commercial CDN
You might think that putting video on a website is easy, nowadays. There’s always YouTube, right?
Unfortunately it’s not quite that simple. YouTube is great for casual, free video. But for a website with paid-for (“premium”) video, YouTube doesn’t work:
At long last, I have a blog. It should be useful for posting news and such (does any website have a “news” page these days?).
I may yet survive this. But if blogging fails to turn my brain to jelly, what about Twitter? I’m not out the woods yet.