Several web hosting providers have reported issues with the PayPal IPN system Monday morning on athread on Web Hosting Talk PayPal IPN Down. PayPal confirmed that the issue began on Sunday, and continued to work towards a fix as of Monday at 12 pm ET.
While money can be sent, PayPal currently does not notify the receiver via the IPN to process the order. Web hosts must manually process orders in the meantime.
Since PayPal is one of the top ways users opt to pay for web hosting services, the IPN issue could create a major headache for web hosts trying to efficiently process orders, especially with a backlog of orders that may have come in overnight.
“Just got an update from our technical team regarding IPN’s, being worked on as a priority and should all filter through once resolved,” PayPalUK tweeted at 11:50 am ET.
“If you are currently manually processing your transactions, please verify that your IPN handler is able to handle IPN messages for manually processed orders,” PayPal said in a notice posted on the x.com website.
Giving users multiple payment options can help in these kinds of situations. Recently, several web hosts have started accepting Bitcoin payments to offer an alternative to PayPal, which is not available in every country.
The IPN issue means that many PayPal users have experienced duplicate payments, causing lots of frustration on Twitter. Users also may not see recent transactions in their account history, an issue that has since been resolved as of 9:50 am ET.
According to some web hosts on Web Hosting Talk, paid invoices are being marked as unpaid in WHMCS, and the issues have impacted both UK and US web hosts.
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