VIP Question!!! PLEASE HELP!!

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I am about to finalise which company to go for before signing up for any Yola Pro/ etc.
I have a business plan that involves alot of functionality but alot of those function are outsourced through Yola; but i do love to use the easy to use GREAT platform, thats why im still here lol.

But what i will need is to upload file for other people to download, but a function for them to provide me with detail (such as name, e mail, contact number etc) before they can actually download the file. Is there such functionality on the Yola Platform?
Also i just wanted to confirm that you can make pages that is password protected right?
Is there a subscription management other than RSS feed's?
I assume sub-domain can also be used too right?

sorry about the bundle of confusing questions as they were previously posted and not answer. Those question are really important to me so i do Thank you in advance if you would be able to answer them.

Warm Regards! ^_^
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yes, provide them a "form" to fill out with there personal information. With wufoo.com you can customize an email automatically sent to them or a thank you page. In this email or thank you page, indicate a link that will take them to your available downloads.
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another words, the download section cannot be reached without filling out this form to obtain the url to the downloads. I would password protect the page specifically so google can't index it and another security feature so that they must provide their email and other personal information. But I would also recommend a privacy policy (they have generators out there that make obtaining them easier.
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If you password protect the page, provide the password and username to the page in your thank you for filling out my form note customizable through wufoo.. if you need any help with wufoo, feel free to ask.
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I would recommend using an email instead of a thank you page, inform them on the thank you page to check their email. This verifies that they actually gave you a valid email address or they don't obtain the url needed to access the downloads.
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And yes, there's bloglines among others. Bloglines in an outsourcing RSS Feed, by signing up with them, you can obtain a link to place on your blog that allows users to follow your blog through bloglines instead of the RSS Feed widget provided. There's others too.
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Hello WowKid

It sounds like you're at a very exciting phase right now!

1. I would agree with Donald that using a form is would probably be the best tool use use to gather information before downloading. Yola is integrated with Form Assembly and Wufoo.

In order to put a form on your site click on the widget toolbox at the righthand side of the screen, and then click on the "Forms" folder. We have integrated with two great services that allow you to create custom forms for your site: Wufoo and Form Assembly. Both services offer free and paid plans, so you can select the one that is right for you.

These are the steps for adding a form:
1. When you drop a form widget on your page, a dialogue box will open up. Click on the link in the bottom right hand corner and you will be taken to the form service.
2. Sign up for an account and create your form.
3. When you are done click "Get Code."
4. Copy the HTML code (use Ctrl-C or highlight with cursor > right-click > copy) and paste it into the Yola dialogue box that opened when you dropped the widget (use Ctrl-V or right-click > paste to paste the code)

That's it, you will have your own custom form on your site and your responses will be managed in your Wufoo or Form Assembly account.

You can edit your settings on Wufoo or Form Assembly so that the information completed on your form is emailed to you, or you can visit your account to get the information on any forms completed.

Be sure to include links on your site at relevant points that will take your visitors to your contact form page (we have a link editor that allows you to do this). You can then either reply to them personally or post their comments directly onto your site.

Another really good option is Jotform.com. You would need to copy the source code and paste into an HTML widget.

2. You can definitely password protect your pages. Here's how to do so:

1. Click on the Site Manager tab.
2. Click on "Site Password Protection" underneath the list of pages of your site.
3. Add a login name and password and tick the pages you would like to protect.
4. You can easily protect all your pages by clicking on "Lock All" or take off the password protection by clicking on "Unlock All"
5. When you create a new page, you will see a check box that gives you an option to protect (lock) the new page.
6. Preview your protected page to see what the login form will look like and to test your log in and password.
7. To make the change effective on your live site, click on the yellow 'Update my Site' button.

3. As for your subscription management, you could also use forms to create a subscription form and the emails will be sent to your email account.

4. Lastly - if you have a custom domain, then you can use a sub-domain. You can create subdomains using the Advanced Domain Settings and setting up A Records, here's how:

1. Login to your Yola account and make sure you are on the "My Sites" page.
2. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and tick the box next to "Enable advanced domain settings".
3. You will be scrolled back up to the top, click on "Advanced domain settings".
4. To access the domain settings, click on [Details] next to the related domain.
5. To access the A Record, click on [Edit this?] next to DNS Entries.
6. You'll need to add to add two A Records, make sure that "A" is selected next to "Add a new DNS Record Type" and click on the "Add" button.
7. Under "Name" add the subdomain you would like to use (eg. group).
8. Under "Value" add Yola's IP address (208.75.208.172).
9. On the second A Record, under "Name" add *.name (where name is your subdomain) and the IP address is the same.
9. Your subdomain is then available as www.group.mysite.com (for example).
10. You will be able to publish a new site to that subdomain by choosing "Use my Domain" when clicking on "Publish my Site".

For more information on accessing the DNS Settings on your domain, please view this tutorial: DNS for your Yola domain.
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Wow.. im surprised how fast my answer were answered. Highly Satisfied
one question i forgot to ask is can i actually change password on password protected pages? '

Because i will change password monthly to protect content from unsubscribed users. Sorry with all these bombarded question, im really not a technical computing genius, but I must say the Yola Platform is one of the best, amoungst all I've seen!

Thank you :D
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Hello WowKid

You can change the password as often as you'd like. =)
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but the password remains the same for all password protected pages. So if you have three password protected pages, they all have the same password at any given time...

My personal suggestion is wufoo... I like it better than form assembly.

If you decide to use wufoo... after you create your form, it's somewhat self explanatory to create a form, just look at the options you have available, some options are only available if you make a purchase... if you use wufoo, after you create the form, while the form editor is still open...

1) click on Form Settings tab at the top
2) go to the "confirmation options" section and write something like, thank you for requesting your downloads (or however you want to say it), please check your email to continue to your downloads.
3) go to "send confirmation email to user" and click the down arrow and select the option "email" - email has to appear in your form for this option to be in the drop down box.
4) click the "customize email" button and tell the user, please follow this url to your downloads, you will be prompted to enter a username and password, here it is... after form is complete and settings are set up...
5) click on save form and click the I'm finished take me back to the form manager button.
6) click the "code" button
7) click the "embed code" tab
8) copy the first code and paste into yola's html widget on the page you'd like the form to appear on.
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be sure to mark email and any information you require as a required field, therefore, they can't submit the form with incomplete information.
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thank you, i think i will use wufoo for the form :)
But in regards to webpages, other than a form, can i use password to protect context on the webpage and occasionally change the password?

for example, you signed up and i gave you:
username: Example1
password: Password1

because if its a monthly subscription, one month later you unsubscribed; you still have the username and password i gave you to log onto the webpage. Can i change the password and username occasionally to prevent that? :D
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I never had to change the password, I believe what littleus said above, you can change the password as many times as you wish. Don't you wish users could "log in" with yola? I'd love this feature :) HINT HINT YOLA!