Installation Help for Paypal Member Script

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Installation Guide


In order to install Paypal Member Script, you need to have the following enabled at your website server:

  • PHP4 or higher
  • MySql

You can confirm if your website server supports these two features or not by looking inside your hosting Control Panel. Most of the website hosting providers or host plans have PHP and MySql enabled; however in case of any confusion, you may contact your hosting support people or contact our technical support team here.


Step 1: Unzip the package

After your purchase, you will download the software from the download page - The file will be named "".

Unzip this package onto your desktop/home/office computer. You can generally do this by right clicking on the file, and selecting "Extract All". You will see that the unzipped folder contains a folder named "ppms".


Step 2: Get your database info ready

Paypal Member Script stores the information in a MySql database on your web host. Therefore, you will need to create a MySql database through your web hosting control panel to continue with the PPMS installation. (You may also use an exsiting database.)

You will also need to create a database username, and then make sure to "Add" that user to the database. (Many database connection problems are due to this step being overlooked.)

After you create your new database, you will need the details of it.

The details you will need are the following:

  • Database Server Host
  • Database Name
  • Database Username
  • Database Password

For most of the webservers the "Database Server Host" will be localhost. But with some hosting providers such as Yahoo Small Business, it may be different. In any case, you can confirm it by logging into your hosting control panel or at PHPMyAdmin interface.


Step 3: FTP Upload the Paypal Member Script files to your hosting account

Now, login to your hosting account using your FTP program (such as FileZilla), and create a folder named "members" in your main website domain folder. (You can name the folder something else if you like.)

Next, FTP upload all the Paypal Member Script files/folders from your unzipped "ppms" folder into this newly created "members" folder.


Step 4: Access the Administration page and enter your database details.

Now open the membership "Administration" page on your website by entering a URL path like this one into your internet browser.

(Replace "" with your actual website domain)

If you choose a folder name other than "members", make sure that folder name is replaced as well.

Once you reach this "Administration" page, you'll need to enter the database information details (that you gathered from Step #2 above), into the 4 fields and click "Update".


Step 5: Create your Admin user account and enter Payment and website details.

After you've clicked on "Update" from the previous page, you will be asked to enter the details for your Administrative user account. (This is the user account that you will use to log into the Administrative area.)

After you've entered your desired Admin user information, you'll need to enter the Paypal email address you'd like to receive payments at, and the email address you want to associate with customer support for your membership website.

Finally, you'll need to enter the following info and click the "Update" button:

  • The URL of your Home page

  • The URL of your Members area

  • The URL of your desired Membership Options page

You will need to create your own Members home page pages. (eg."index.php" and "signup-now.php")


Protecting webpages or keeping a webpage in member's area

If you want a webpage to be available only to your registered members in your membership website- you need to protect this webpage. It is a simple two step process as following:

  • make sure the filename extension of the webpage is .php (NOT .htm, .html or any other extension). If it is not .php, rename the file. For example, if you want to protect members.htm page, first rename it to members.php
  • In the Membership Administration area, click on the "Protect" menu tab. Complete steps #1 through #3 outlined on the page.

As long as you enter the full URL path to the page you want to protect, the code output should have the correct path. Make sure that you paste the code as the first line of the webpage.

Now, this webpage has become a protected page and no one can access this webpage without first logging into the membership area. If someone tries to access this webpage without logging into the member's area, s/he will be prompted the login screen rather than the webpage's content. Your membership website is also ready with the member's only pages.


"header.php" file

"header.php" webpage is shown at top of every protected page. Therefore, you may want to customize it with your own site logo and theme.

But if you do not want to use this header file and use your own file, simply open this webpage in notepad and delete content of this page.

Once again, if you do not want to use "header.php" file, delete its content, but DO NOT delete the file - "header.php" itself.



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