Help with customer login

Discussion in 'Digital Marketing' started by 1BadHawk, Apr 30, 2005.

  1. 1BadHawk

    1BadHawk LawnSite Member
    Messages: 127

    Ive recently acquired an online host for our web site. Since I cant afford a professional web designed to make up our site, I used what little computer skill and software I have to create something. So far its worked out well.

    Im using MacroMedia Dreamweaver 2004. Site is up and running, but I need help setting up something else.

    I want to allow my customers to login and view thier current invoice and original estimates. Im not sure how to do this. Can someone help me out?

    The web host offers a lot of extra goodies, so if something specific is needed on their end Im sure they have it.
  2. ALarsh

    ALarsh LawnSite Silver Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 2,412

    Are you going to be using gopher to do this?
  3. 1BadHawk

    1BadHawk LawnSite Member
    Messages: 127

    no, wasnt going to.

    I need help setting up the seb page to input name and password, then redirect to the proper page.
  4. ALarsh

    ALarsh LawnSite Silver Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 2,412

    Thats the hard part where you need to hire someone who knows what they are doing. Gopher has a some what easy way to setup a login using "Lawn Mail"
  5. mruth77

    mruth77 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 27


    Email me at, I have a script for you to use that shows logon ID and password then directs you to the page you specify.
  6. ritchiem

    ritchiem LawnSite Member
    Messages: 58

    If it is a java based script, it is easy to by pass that to gain access to files.
  7. mtdman

    mtdman LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,143

    What you need is a database and a language to access the database on the web. MySQL and PHP is the easiest, but it's not easy to program. QuickBooks offers this service cheaply as long as you are doing invoices.
  8. 1BadHawk

    1BadHawk LawnSite Member
    Messages: 127

    Im using quickbooks, one thing I want the customers to be able to do is log in , veiw their latest invoice and make a payment via paypal, or any other option I can offer.

    My host offers a MySQL database but I have no idea how to set it up, or even use it.
  9. partstree

    partstree Sponsor
    Messages: 79

    ask your host provider if they offer phpmyadmin to administer your mysql database. if they do i can show you how to use it, it's just as easy to use as excel, otherwise you'll need to learn the query language and how to integrate it with scripting languages
  10. 1BadHawk

    1BadHawk LawnSite Member
    Messages: 127

    Ill ask the host about mysql manager.

    Meanwhile, another option that might work for now, is using a form type feature.
    Let the user input their ID or name, and then load the appropriate page which will have the same name as the user id.

    This way, Jane Smith, enters her name, and then page "Jane Smith.html" loads. Since the info doesnt provide anything confidential other than their estimate info, privacy isnt of the utmost importance.

    Their will be one seperate .html page of each customer, in my case thats less 30 right now.

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