General Overview. This is Marketing Consulting and Advertising Site with certain ecommerce features. Customers or members can pay and submit their ads to an ad bank in a specified predetermined format. There needs to be a easy admin interface. Ad and membership purchases have set prices. There are standard consulting packages with set pricing, but since these packages can be customized, payment for consulting will be arranged through a company contact and not available on the site. There are a few sites that demostrate some of the needed features, but none that could be considered a model or clone for the site. Once a programmer is selected we will provide some sites that may serve as examples for the specific design elements and functionality [url removed, login to view] best examples for the type of site design are those common among webdesign companies. However, rather than a portfolio of webdesign projects the company will have a portfolio of marketing projects. The site design needs to be professional, attractive and easy to navigate. Although the sites below are mostly web design companies, they provide a good examples of the quality of design required. . [url removed, login to view] [url removed, login to view] [url removed, login to view] [url removed, login to view] [url removed, login to view] [url removed, login to view] [url removed, login to view] [url removed, login to view] [url removed, login to view] [url removed, login to view] Database Issues Development in PHP, CGI, and [url removed, login to view] affiliate program requires each member will login to their own member area. In this area an affiliate has access to earnings, ads, referrals, etc. There will also be referral levels or tiers. Initially, there will be a free affiliate membership and a paid membership. Also, there needs to be the option of adding additional memberships at a later time. This would be through an admin area. Some other features to include are as follows: [url removed, login to view] email confirmation process for free members only. Paying affiliates skip this. 2. Newsletter. A way to compose and send the newsletter through the administration area and designate who recieves the newletter (client, affiliate, prospect, any combination or all) 3. There also needs to be certain typs of automated email system tied to specific elements of the site. Such as affiiliate notifications when their account reaches a certain amount, ad request information, etc. 4. Email method for confirmnig member sign up valid email address. 5. Site advertising and adminstration for adding banners advertisements for other companies. 6. Classified and other ads as well as an ad search feature. 7. Client logon. For the End Users 1) Registration Affiliate registration is the process to get membership to this site. Membership will be available in different levels. These levels are either Free or Paid. Administrator will have the feature to define and modify the parameters for each of the Membership levels available. For Paid Members there will be multiple payment methods. The Members will earn commission based on their member referrals to the site and also their advertisement sales referrals. The payouts for different levels of membership will be different and will be definable by the Administrator. 2) Affiliate/Membership Structure We will need to be able to set the compensation either by percentage or dollar amount. Compensation amount can be set different for each membership. So a higher type member can receive a higher compensation than a lower membership. This section is accessible only after validating the user through the Login Process. Post validation the user will be able to perform any of the below mentioned activities. a. Sign up for Newsletters/Contest b. Upgrade their Membership c. Cancel their Membership d. Create their own replicated website e. Update their Info f. Create Banner and Text Links g. View Monthly Summary h. View Click & Commission Statistics for the Month i. View In-depth Commissions j. View Yearly summary m. Search for products n. Purchase products (at a Discount) o. Links to other useful sites *Commission includes both types of commissions i.e. Referrals Commission and Product/Services Sales Commission 3) Help / FAQ Content Section These will be HTML based content sections. For Website Administrators (This is based on current functional modules and is the minimum that will be provided) a. Members i. Manage Memberships types Define Membership types, their billing duration, their monthly fees, their referrals amounts etc ii. Manage Members List, View Member details and statistics iii. Manage Billings Auto generate invoice and bill the members according to their billing cycles. iv. Manage Newsletters Send mail to all news letter subscribers b. Ad Products or Services i. Add/Update products into Categories for Members (Images, Description etc) ii. Define (Specials) availability to Membership types for a particular time period. iii. Define product prices and commission payouts for different memberships c. Links i. Manage links to be added to the members section d. Advertising i. Manage time based banners appearing on various pages of the site.