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Do I Need To Buy Ssl Certificates For Both Of The Examples

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I am using a re-seller hosting account to learn this book.

 

1) In the first example, the paypal one, do I need to buy a SSL certificate to complete the example? What is the cheapest option (considering that I have a re-seller account & need to connect to paypal) ? Is the cheapest option to buy a static IP address (for £2 on my host) & then use openssl (my hosting supports) to create a self-signed certificate?

 

2) In the 2nd example, the one that briefly handles credit card information, what is the cheapest option? Considering that I am developing this site purely to learn & not sell products. Can I buy a static IP address (for £2 on my host) & use openssl (like before)? I know this wouldn't be secure for a commercially active site, but this site is 100% for learning.

 

Thank-you :)

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I don't think you need SSL to practice either, although you'll need to make some code changes in the second example.

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You can test all the PayPal without SSL.

Your webhost might give you free SSL (shared), but your user will get a warning when they access the page.

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