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    Need Advice Before the Build

    Hey guys.

    I'm a high-end photographic retoucher in the planning stages of rebuilding my site, and need some really sound advice on certain aspects that I would like implemented in the new build.

    I want to "attempt" to build my site in HTML5. I think it's far enough along that most of the features I need are available and ready for use, but I want to make absolutely sure.

    1) The most important thing I'd want on the site is a client specific file uploader. A lot of people in the fashion and photography world know ONLY what they know...and not about FTP programs and such. I would like to be able to create client side log-in form that is linked as follows:

    • Client Logs In
    • Name is checked against the client DB (Server-side Process)
    • Client is Accepted or Rejected (Visual Confirmation)
    • Client DB info gives access to client FTP folder (Server-side Process)
    • Web Embedded Upload/ Download GUI


    Here are some visuals for you guys:





    Would anyone be able to point me to tutorials that I may be able to string together to make this?

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    If your talking about tutorials for a login script, depends on what language you would use. But in any case, php tutorials can be found here and coldfusion tutorials can be found here and here

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    Quote Originally Posted by teedoff View Post
    If your talking about tutorials for a login script, depends on what language you would use. But in any case, php tutorials can be found here and coldfusion tutorials can be found here and here
    I would think it'd be easier doing it in php.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Psionicsin View Post
    I would think it'd be easier doing it in php.
    Well really no its not easier from the coding side of things. It may be easier in the fact that you have to install a coldfusion server AND find a hosting company that supports CF, which there are plenty, and ones that are cost effect as well. Coldfusion is much easier to learn and code in, as it is a tag based language.

    But php is good as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by teedoff View Post
    Well really no its not easier from the coding side of things. It may be easier in the fact that you have to install a coldfusion server AND find a hosting company that supports CF, which there are plenty, and ones that are cost effect as well. Coldfusion is much easier to learn and code in, as it is a tag based language.

    But php is good as well.
    Ok I happened to have found what I need. It's basically a multi-user web based FTP GUI.

    I found a number of them, including 4 commercial versions that are well over $1500 (out of my price range also). Is ColdFusion still my best bet at creating something like this? Or should I go a different route?

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    I think you might be confused as to what an FTP is. An FTP is simply a protocol for transferring files from onme server(place) to another server(place). Usually its used to transfer webpages that are developed on your own pc to your hosting provider's web server. Thats basicall it. Firefox has an add-on called FireFTP thats free that does this as well. Dreamweaver has an FTP client built in. Many hosting providors have at least one free FTP client available to people who purchase hosting plans to use.

    Now the code for a login is simple, but again you can do it in one of many languages. You also need to set up a database on your own. You should, if you have never set up a database, download and install WAMP or XAMP, either one is free and easy to use.

    Once you do that and learn a bit about databases and how to at least create tables, then you can start looking at how to create a login form. I have several login forms I might be willing to send you, either PHP or coldfusion, but I dont have a database I can share.

    Now one other option maybe, and I have never done this, but you can get many templates that are free, and I'm sure would have login code built in some as well. Wordpress is a free CMS thats has lots of free templates. Now I wouldn't think they have databases to go along with them, but one never knows.
    Last edited by teedoff; 10-23-2010 at 07:00 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by teedoff View Post
    I think you might be confused as to what an FTP is. An FTP is simply a protocol for transferring files from onme server(place) to another server(place). Usually its used to transfer webpages that are developed on your own pc to your hosting provider's web server. Thats basicall it. Firefox has an add-on called FireFTP thats free that does this as well. Dreamweaver has an FTP client built in. Many hosting providors have at least one free FTP client available to people who purchase hosting plans to use.

    Now the code for a login is simple, but again you can do it in one of many languages. You also need to set up a database on your own. You should, if you have never set up a database, download and install WAMP or XAMP, either one is free and easy to use.

    Once you do that and learn a bit about databases and how to at least create tables, then you can start looking at how to create a login form. I have several login forms I might be willing to send you, either PHP or coldfusion, but I dont have a database I can share.

    Now one other option maybe, and I have never done this, but you can get many templates that are free, and I'm sure would have login code built in some as well. Wordpress is a free CMS thats has lots of free templates. Now I wouldn't think they have databases to go along with them, but one never knows.
    I'm not confused at all. I've used log-in scripts before and uploads and downloads via FTP protocol.

    However what I'm looking for is something like this:
    http://www.filerun.com/
    Exactly like this actually. It's a web based file manager that exchanges data via FTP, with an integrated log-in for various clients. The only thing is that I don't have $1500 for this, and would like to learn how to custom build something like this.

    I NEED something like this because I'm a photo retoucher for various magazines and we transfer files back and forth using FTP. The problem is that sometimes the person on the other end isn't as competent when using an FTP manager. So I figured having a web based ftp up/down GUI integrated into a client section of my site would GREATLY reduce the number of times it takes me to stop what I'm doing and coach them through it. All they'd have to do is click on the "Clients" button, put their log-in info in, and a GUI would then appear showing the files they currently have on their section for my server, and an upload/download option.

    So I don't think you were understanding my post. You get where I'm coming from now?
    Last edited by Psionicsin; 10-23-2010 at 11:49 PM.


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