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    Question How can I charge people to visit a site?

    I have a website, and I would like to charge people to view the content. Basically, I'd like to give them a free trial for a certain number of days, and then require them to pay a modest fee to continue using it. Is there any application or prebuilt script out there that would allow me to do this?

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    I believe a lot of web developers turn to PayPal for the payment. You need to add code on your portion to "interface" with PayPal instead.

    I wonder if there are others besides PayPal instead.

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    Well, PayPal will certainly be the option for payment, but that's not my concern. My concern is how I can block people from accessing the site until they pay, and allowing free access for 60 days. Any approaches?

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    Quote Originally Posted by multimediocrity View Post
    Well, PayPal will certainly be the option for payment, but that's not my concern. My concern is how I can block people from accessing the site until they pay, and allowing free access for 60 days. Any approaches?
    I believe you have a web server to host your web-site? Usually when you configure a new URL domain, there will be a default homepage or index.html or whatever. The location of this file is usually part of the web server configuration.

    This means say your URL is www.testme.com. Upon using browser enter the URL, by default the web server should throw out some web page. Then it is *this* web page that you do your access control.

    For hosted web server I believe you got to check with them where is the default homepage or index.html or whatever stored and configured.

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    Again, thanks for the info, but that's not my concern. Yes, I'd do my access control from there. It's not a matter of the logistics, but the programming. This is going to be quite an extensive job to program a login, access, decide when the free period's up, and so on. Is there any software or prebuilt code out there that can let me do this without much work?

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    Generally for free trials you would require the user to "sign up". Usually I've seen a file included at the top of every page that validates the user's access and redirects to a login/payment page if the user/guest doesn't have proper access. The specifics for the programming depend on what you have currently and what you are comfortable with writing.

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