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Inexperienced joomla user looking for recommendations:

-I would prefer not to use paypal, or have the option to atleast turn it off while keeping the other paysites available.

-More important is I want to be able to track incoming and issue receipts for donations.


Many thanks!

Tom
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by:Rowby Goren
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Hi Tom,

What are you selling?  A physical product such as a book?  Or downloadable software.  Or perhaps services (such as internet consulting).

If it is specifically for donations, there is a Joomla donation software Joom donation

But first let us know you need your payment system for.

And the version of Joomla you are using.

We will be better able to make some recommendations.

Regards

Rowby
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by:Tom Knowlton
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It will be for a website dedicated to helping families with disabled children.

Proceeds would go to maintaining the website, better hosting options over time, as well as helping needy families.

This is for my wife.  I am just **attempting** to do some of the web development for her.

I believe...joomla 2.5.14  ?
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Joomdonaion lets you choose from a variety of payment services, including paypal, but other companies as well.

Do have you selected a payment processor?

I use joomdonations for a school site that takes donations from parents of students.  The funds are used to buy books, etc etc.

Nothing is sold, just donations.

So if you are not selling anything, then take a look at joomdonations.  What's nice about Joomdonations is it lets you choose various levels and types of donations.

Such as

1 time donation
monthly donations automatically charged to person's card or paypal etc.

I am not sure why you don't want paypal.  Paypal has a special donation type payment.

Before you get too far into this, if you are not going to use Paypal, you need to contact a merchant account company or similar that will accept your payments.  You need to confirm that they will allow their merchant account to accept donations.  Paypal will, most likely, but you do need to read the terms and conditions of any merchant company Paypal or otherwise to make sure you are in compliance with their policies regarding donations.

Rowby

Here is more info on Joomdonation joom donation
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by:Tom Knowlton
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I'd like a few more options.


What other plugins are there?
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by:Rowby Goren
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If you don't want to use paypal, here are some:

Authorizenet -- for accepting all major credit cards.  Authorizenet has been around for decades, and is popular with small merchants.  

Nice Authorize.Net Button
http://extensions.joomla.org/extensions/e-commerce/payment-systems/13127   Will work on Joomla 2.x  (Not yet for Joomla 3.x)  I haven't used this one.  But I have used their other extension "Nice Paypal button".  
You sign up with your bank or a 3rd party merchant account company to get Authorizenet.  Keep in mind you have to meet Authorizenet's merchant requirements.  So make sure you speak to an authorizenet reseller before you get too far into the project.

Here is a link to Joomla's Donation systems.  I am only familiar with Joom Donations. Perhaps others here have had experience with the others.

Joomla donation extensions

Rowby
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by:Tom Knowlton
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Some feedback from the person I am doing this for:

1) It's it a total program ie Can I issue receipts right back without having to create a receipt separate and email it to them.  I would prefer one program that can do both and will track the donations coming in for tax purposes.

2) I am fine with total funds raised, thermometers showing how close etc on the front page but I do NOT want anyone's names to appear on the out viewing side of the site.
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by:Rowby Goren
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Hi

Jomdonations will issue automatic email receipts.   Easy to do.

Also the names of the donors are kept private.

The thermometers do not show donor names.  

Also they have excellent support via their forums etc.

Rowby
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by:Tom Knowlton
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Nice work.  Thanks for your help.
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Best wishes on your projects
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Thanks!
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by:Tom Knowlton
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rowby:

We ended-up buying JomDonations for like $25.  Wish us luck...I may be back here asking you more questions!  :P

Tom
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Certainly.  THey have a pretty good forum, but we are always here to help.

Rowby
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