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.


René Fournier,

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