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    I am planning to create a site for a business I own. There are two things I would like to know:

    1) How would I create a members only area for my site in which I could sell access to via subscriptions?

    2) What do I have to do to get started selling merchandise?

    I know a lot about web-design, but very little about hosting services, and nothing about e-commerce. Anything you can tell me would be very appreciated.



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    Well, first, if you're using Apache then you can find a perl script at www.cgi-resources.com which allows you to manage users through .htaccess and .htpasswd files.

    If you're on IIS or any other server, then you'll want a Perl (or ASP or PHP) script which would restrict access. Again, look for one at www.cgi-resources.com (for Perl), www.aspin.com (for ASP), and I'm not quite sure where for php. Maybe Karl or Rage would know.

    Then set up the script to protect, say, the /members/ directory. It should have a readme included.

    Once that's set up, set up a subscription page telling people WHY and HOW to get access to the special member's area. Then, use the following steps below to accept credit cards (and other types of payment).

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    You could get some software which'd allow for quick e-commerce site building, you could code your own using something like iisCart (an ASP component), you could use a premade store, like Yahoo!Shops (I think) which'd allow you to sell your own goods, or you could serve everything except the payment page off your own server, and have a link like www.reg.net/productid?4832948 and buyers would follow that link to buy something, and then the info would be sent to you through e-mail and you could process it. (Whew, broke the record for sentence length )

    But the truth is that once you get into e-commerce, there's so much to do and to watch out for that one person cannot tell you everything.

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