I have a question to which I'm pretty sure the answer will be "no", but
I would like to hope I'm wrong...
I've developed a very simple Content Management tool--called
"Europa"--that even retarded monkeys can use to change/update text in
their web site. It's web-based, user-authenticated (sessions), and runs
with PHP4 and MySQL.
Now, Europa is pretty much plug and play, so long as the web site is
getting its text from a MySQL database. There's a web agency in town
that is interested in Europa for their clients. Their clients want to be
able to easily and quickly update certain elements of their site without
begging some outside webmaster. They would really benefit from Europa.
Problem: I don't want to "sell" Europa, or even install it on someone's
web server for a one-time fee. I've spent a long time on this little
tool, and want to continue to improve it. So, I would rather license it
to companies. They pay a quarterly subscription fee, and get to use
Europa as it continues to grow and improve. I'm just a little worried
about one thing: If I install Europa on their server, and they pay their
paltry quarterly subscription fee, and then decide they don't need any
updates, I'm screwed. The value of Europa is much greater than what I
want to sell subscriptions to it for (not much--I'm not really greedy),
but I need some kind of control.
The idea: In order for Joe User to update text on his web site, he comes
to my "Europa" web site, enters his company name, user ID, password, and
clicks Login, and--voilà--he sees a handsome list of tables containing
the text content of his site--which is pulled from a MySQL database
residing on HIS web site's web host.
And this is the trick: Can PHP somehow fetch MySQL data over the
Internet? Is this possible? If so, is it necessary for me to resort to
new, unknown technologies like XML or SOAP, or can I do it with PHP
Thanks for your comments.
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