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    Junior Member Enforcefx's Avatar
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    I am currently building a free website that has user account control. It's really for practice purposes really, but its nearly finished, and is going to be the real deal !

    Know to the point! Why does a websites make you sign up to there site if its totally free in the first place?
    The only reason i can think of is to be able to keep track of how many members or visitors you have had to your site, and what area there from. Maybe for advertising purposes?

    Any information will be very interesting.

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    WDF Staff mlseim's Avatar
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    I've used it for "commitment" .. for only allowing people who are really
    interested in the content to view the content. Sometimes, you may not
    want people just grabbing, linking, or scraping the content on your site.
    By making people register, you know they are willing to confirm using a
    real email address, and they are interested enough in your content to register.

    Registration can be as simple as just verifying an email address, or asking the
    person to fill-out a whole big form of information. It's up to the site owner I guess.


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    Senior Member Webzarus's Avatar
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    You can get basic usage and visitor stats from your log files.

    The main reason to require users to "sign in " would be the same reason it's required here. To keep spam and junk post to a minimum.

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    Junior Member Enforcefx's Avatar
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    okay i understand what your saying> Is there any chance you could give me a example of how u would setup a log file with a user account system that uses php and msql?

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    WDF Staff Wired's Avatar
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    Honestly, 5 seconds on Google finds a slew of login scripts.
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    WDF Staff mlseim's Avatar
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    My favorite one.
    http://php-login-script.com/

    Easy to install, easy to customize, has email confirmation and uses recaptcha, and it's free.


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    Senior Member MHometchko's Avatar
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    Just to add another reason to opt-in's (and the primary reason I create them for my clients):

    Marketing! When a business has a name and a way to contact that individual, they make $$$.


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