Thank you to Martin and gang for another fabulous feature, something I have been really looking forward to.
Before 1.4, I have been using OsCommerce (free shopping site) in conjunction with Moodle for my paying students, so now, having paying options combined in one package makes life easier for me.
Now I understand that this is just the initial and probably the most widely used payment gateway that people use ... BUT I operate an Australian School with predominantly Australian participants, so I actually use a combination of payment options and will probably be phasing out Paypal eventually.
I actually use PayMate (Australian) which allows students to pay me in Australian Dollars or International Students can pay me in US Dollars (but I would like to have other currencies available). I personally find this service less expensive than Paypal and it suits my purposes, having mainly Australian Students. Being an Australian School, I need to have GST added in for Australian Students (only), international Students pay me minus GST, so I really need this distinction.
I know I tend to be rambling here, and I don't want to put you to sleep ... BUT.
On the OsCommerce site, (being Open Source just like Moodle) the code is available to ALL to add extra payment gateways, participants may use this code as long as they submit to OsCommerce, the gateway they have been able to connect to. I am not a programmer, but have managed to muddle my way through OsCommerce's site and download the various gateways I require. This is just a suggestion as an alternative to paying for extra gateways, although I know Martin very much deserves the money (and everyone else who helps out here), sometimes people just can't afford to pay at the time they desperately need something.
If we had a list of the payment files (moodle) that you need to modify. Maybe all of us could find someway to contribute by writing our own seperate payment Gateways and they could be added as seperate dowloadable modules for all moodle users to access, rather then having them in a complete version (making it even larger than it is already).
Just a thought. I'd be more than happy to give it a go to fix my problem, if I knew where to start.
Maybe the module could be changed from Paypal Enrollment to Payment Enrollment, with a list of different Payment Gateways you could select from and modify, (like including Tax or excluding, various currencies etc.), then the students could decide on which Gateway they wish to select, in a pull-down menu, based on e.g. where they live.
I know we don't want to turn Moodle into a shopping site, that's a given, but I would love to know how I can add my alternative Payment Gateways to Moodle as I hate part of my site looking like part of a shop.