Hello - First of all, to anyone who takes the time to read this post, thank you. I followed the rules, did a search to see if my particlar question may have been asked and answered, but found nothing, hence this post.
I am in the process of developing a site using Macromedia (now Adobe) Studio 8, i.e. Dreamweaver 8, Flash Pro 8, and Fireworks 8. I, of course, have virtually no money to invest in the necessary software to accomplish the following, and am told by web developers and savvy folks (thru other online forums) that the devil is in the details, i.e. making these scripts work together.
Simply put, on a lean budget, I would like to be able to do the following:
1. Membership - create/restrict/monitor, accept payments (e.g. PayPal, Authorize.net) - need to boot folks who try to access restricted areas
2. Forums - with typical features, private messaging, e-mailing, forwarding - emoticons like the ones on the right of this screen would be lovely
3. Blogs - want to give members their own "space" (predetermined size) w/n which to post pics, poetry, writings, blogs - all subject to prior review before public posting
I have been directed to open source site, have found free OS scripts (e.g. beehive for forums), OS-commerce for e-commerce, but am utterly ignorant as to (a) whether these will "Work" together, (b) what might be required to make them do so.
I most certainly do NOT want to compel members to have to re-enter their username/password to access the various features - thought I found a Godsend in OpenCrypt, must have misread, thought it was free - but, alas! It costs $112.50/year + $35 year thereafter - perhaps worth every penny but o/side of my initial budget (though it touts exactly all the features I could hope for in a membership software program).
Could someone please advise (i) if there is a free membership script available w/necessary functionality, and (ii) if there is some common factor I must look for (e.g. software written in same language, e.g. Perl) that will permit easy integration of all the above tools?
Please forgive me if I sound like the fool (I am..)
Thank you in advance for ANY assistance :lol: ,