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'Paid For' web subscriber system

Thread began 4/03/2010 2:05 am by JohnPicton | Last modified 4/07/2010 12:27 pm by Eric Mittman | 1525 views | 4 replies |


'Paid For' web subscriber system

Is there a way of combining Webassist extensions to produce a user registration system for web content that requires an annual fee? Perhaps this would involve Universal Email to send out annual reminders, eCart to take payments and Data Assist to store user info? The user would pay for their year of access and then be able to log in and see password protected content.

Would this need a cron job setting up to daily check expiry dates of registrations?

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I'm trying to do the same thing with a combinatio of the user registration module and the essential suite.

Haven't suceeded as yet but this is how far I ahve got.

I setup the user registration module to allow the upload of images.

I then used data assist to show selected records via a selection screen.

The using security assist I protected the search, and results page with passwords.

Where I'm at now is trying to implement the payment structure so that once payment is made access is allowed.

I suspect ecart will be involved

I watch with interest



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Eric Mittman

I think the next steps would be to incorporate eCart for the commerce. When a user makes a purchase that will allow them access you would then update the user record or order so that on the restricted pages you will be able to query the information for the logged in user and check that they have access.

The key to this part is making sure that on a successful purchase you update the db for either the user or the order associated with the user so that you can check to see if they have made the purchase.

Please post back with any specific questions that you have about any part of this.

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So then, I reckon that on the 'payment confirmed' page you would need to have a script that changes a database value (to 'Y' for example) which then allows access to the protected content based on that value.

How do you think it's best to set up a system that will automatically notify an administrator when a users annual access is almost over and they have to renew? I thought initially a CRON job could be set up on the server, which checks the database once a day and somehow does this with Universal Email?

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Eric Mittman

You are correct on both parts. When a user makes the purchase you will update the column in your db table to indicate that they have successfully purchased the access. You will also want to record the date and time of the purchase so that you can determine when it expires.

For the notifying portion you would want to create a page that has a query on it that checks for users whose access is about to expire. You would then add in Universal Email to this page to send each of them a message about the pending expiration. Once the page is crafted and known to be working correctly you would want to make your cron job that executes the page on a daily basis.

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