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Gatekeeper & Shopping cart recommendation

I shall have two projects, one for subscription and one for online marketing.
1. For subscription, I need to have a Gatekeeper to check whether the visitor is a subscriber. Also I need to keep the subscriber's reference and datetime in order to avoid multiple users for single subscription.
2. For marketing, I need to have a shopping cart that can allow to indicate different advice according to the total amount for items so selected.

Experts' recommendation or suggestion will be deeply appreciated.
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humeniukCommented:
A good PHP/MySQL choice would be osCommerce (www.oscommerce.com).  For ASP, I've heard that www.metalinks.com is very good, but I haven't used it myself.

I'm not entirely clear what you mean by "a shopping cart that can allow to indicate different advice according to the total amount for items so selected" but both of these are fairly powerful and flexible, so they can probably do what you want.  If you need more flexibility, you may want to build your own.  You can find several shopping cart scripts  at http://www.hotscripts.com/PHP/Scripts_and_Programs/E-Commerce/Shopping_Carts/index.html (PHP) http://www.hotscripts.com/ASP/Scripts_and_Components/E-Commerce/Shopping_Carts/index.html(ASP).

You may also want to look at this similar thread: http://www.experts-exchange.com/Web/Online_Marketing/Q_21118192.html.
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coreybryantCommented:
Metalinks won't provide everthing that you need.  Oscommerce will - or all the mods will.  Are you looking for an ASP or PHP solution?

-Corey
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fhtongAuthor Commented:
humeniuk,
'Different advice' means that I shall have two or three sets of advice for different total amount, say if the total is below $100, the advice is to be paid by PAYPAL or ...; if the total is above $100, the advice is to be paid by remittance.

coreybryant,
I have not fixed anything yet. Just to know what is suitable and what can I handle.
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coreybryantCommented:
Are you looking for an ASP or PHP solution?

-Corey
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fhtongAuthor Commented:
coreybryant,
I do not know which is better? If ASP is better than PHP, that may be the choice.
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coreybryantCommented:
That is another debate.  One that I will not touch.  :)  Myself, we work in ASP & do hosting for windows.  So we prefer ASP.  If you are not an MS person, you would lke *NIX & PHP.  For me - it is a personal preference.  

So as far as what you can handle - it might be difficult to say.  If you know HTML, you are at a good start.

-Corey
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humeniukCommented:
Right, ASP & PHP do basically the same thing and both are effective.  I'm not sure 'better' enters into it so much as which one do you prefer and which one suits your tastes and your setup.  If you're hosting on Windows (as coreybryant does), your life will be easier if you use ASP, if you're hosting on *NIX (as I do), your life will be easier with PHP.  Lots of people will give you an argument as to which one is better, but ultimately they're probably just expressing their own preference.
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