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Hosted Page URLs Get Some Love

As a developer, I tend to like clean, concise URLs that map directly to my RESTful resources.  Want to view a subscription? GET /subscriptions/77 Want to edit it? GET /subscriptions/77/edit The URLs for Chargify hosted pages followed this convention.  Updating credit card details loosely maps to editing the subscription to change the payment information.  So,…

New Feature! – Quantity Based Components

We’ve just released a new feature that allows you to add “components” to your products which your customers can purchase and be charged according to the quantity chosen.  This is great for offering things like the following to your products: IP Addresses – say your basic service offers 1 custom IP address for free, and…

How Companies Can Protect Themselves Against Chargebacks

Today, any company that receives a substantial number of credit card orders faces a grave threat: chargebacks. For those unaware, a chargeback is when a customer reverses an order they made from you and then gets their money back. Originally, chargebacks were created to protect consumers from unscrupulous merchants. Rather than endlessly arguing about unauthorized…

6 Companies that Succeeded by Changing Their Business Model

Venture capitalist Paul Graham expressed an under-appreciated nugget of wisdom in his article on mistakes that kill startups.  Unlike “winning an Olympic gold medal, where the problem is well defined”, building a successful company is actually “more like science, where you need to follow the trail wherever it leads.” Therefore, Graham concludes that the worst…

Chargify officially enters Public Beta!

Chargify is officially entering into public beta today, and we couldn’t be more excited! Having originally launched at the TechCrunch50 Conference (http://techcrunch50.com) in San Francisco, CA on September 14th, 2009, we’ve been steadily growing our beta list this past 6 months while making numerous improvements and adding new features. Some highlights/ improvements include: Through today,…

Increasing Usability with New Design Updates

We’ve been working hard over the last few months on releasing new features for Chargify, and have been excited with what we’ve been able to accomplish in such a short amount of time. And along with the performance and feature set of the application, we want to make sure Chargify looks as good as it…

New Features! – Multi-Site Support, Custom Emails, Hosted Pages Parameters cap BIG week

We released several new features for Chargify this week that definitely deserve mention. Multi-Site Support Before, when you created a Chargify account, you were given 2 “sites”: 1) your “live” account and 2) your “test” account.  This structure was somewhat limiting, both for us and our customers.  We re-architected how Sites (now with a big…

Guest post from Sean Harper - co-founder of TransFS

This is a guest-post from Sean Harper, co-founder of TransFS.  He is a zealot about making sure business owners get a fair shake from their financial services providers. Know what your requirements are and find a processor that has lots of experience with those requirements. The worst credit card processing outcomes occur when the business…

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