All memberships begin on the day you join.
Although online payments go through PayPal, you do not need a PayPal account.
After clicking the 1 or 2-year membership buttons, you'll be taken to PayPal.
Look for the large light blue button at the bottom of the screen, which says Pay with Credit Card or Visa Debit (highlighted on the screenshot).
Also, you'll want to make sure you're being charged the correct amount.
The total payable is at the top right of the PayPal page. And you can be sure it's being paid to us by looking at the link back to our website at the bottom of the screen. (see the red arrow on the screenshot)