Hmm… so, Paypal is specifically not an option for either automatic billing, or first-time domain registrations (I thought I’d read that somewhere when I was registering domains, which is why I said it in my original post), or both? I know for sure that it wasn’t an available option when I was first registering each of my domain names, but for the actual hosting payment I let it happen automatically, not expecting that I could use Paypal instead if I did it manually.
I think sXi/Andrew F’s advice will cover me in general - I’ll just have to try to remember to pay in advance using Paypal. It’s kind of a drag - it sure would be nice if automatic billing could use Paypal - but definitely better than no option ^_^;
So, to clarify - I can use Paypal to add credit to my Dreamhost account, preventing my credit card from being billed unless I run up extra expenses somehow - BUT, automatic billing and domain name registration can’t use Paypal, so essentially I just have to make sure I get in before the auto-renew date?
(And if this is the case - if I should want to register new domains in the future, I can offset the credit card charge by adding fund to my DH account before I register the new name?)
Unrelated question; can I use your hosting donation button on a site, if another site hosted in the same space has adult content? I run a personal art site with two separate names/URLs/brandings for adult and all-ages content, but it all works off the same database and just uses PHP to filter content and change presentation. Best to assume that Paypal would consider any donation to be supporting adult content, and thus I shouldn’t use the button even on the all-ages site?
Thanks folks! ^^