Since you probably now know what a great value xcAuction is, it is likely that you
now would like to know what you need in order to use it on your web site.
xcAuction is an Active Server Pages (ASP) web server application.
xcAuction can be used with two different database technologies depending
on your site's needs. It supports either a Microsoft JET or a
Microsoft SQL Server database. The Microsoft JET database engine is suitable
for small sites that do not get a heavy
load of simultaneous users. JET utilizes an MDB
file based database that should be familiar to users of Microsoft Access. Please
note that a JET database is simply the same type of database
that Microsoft Access uses. You do not need Microsoft Access at
all, nor do you need it installed on your web server. Larger
sites, or those looking for the best in performance, reliability, and security can
take advantage of Microsoft SQL Server databases using Microsoft SQL Server 7.0 or later.
SQL Server databases can support much larger user loads and
activity. If you start with a JET database, you can always move up to a SQL
Server database when your site's user load deems it necessary.
The requirements for running xcAuction are listed below. If you do not understand
these requirements, or do not have any staff in-house that does,
XCENT's consulting services can help you. If you need the assistance
of XCENT's consulting services, we can assist you with any
possible thing that you might need in order to
deploy or use xcAuction.
Microsoft Internet Information Server (IIS) 4.0 or later.
Compatible with Windows NT 4.0 Server, Windows 2000 Server, and Windows 2003 Server.
IIS is the default web server for Windows Servers.
Note: Windows NT 4.0 servers need Option Pack 1 installed and may need to be
updated to version 5.0 (or later) of the Microsoft
Scripting Engine, which is available for free from Microsoft
xcAuction can use either a Microsoft JET database, or a Microsoft SQL Server database.
A JET database is suitable for smaller sites and is available on every version of Windows Server.
For larger sites, or when the highest in reliability, speed, or security is needed,
we recommend using a Microsoft SQL Server database.
The Microsoft JET library, Microsoft Data Access Components,
and ADO are
included in all versions of Windows Server. The most recent versions are highly recommended
and are available as free downloads from the Microsoft web site. We recommend at least
MDAC version 2.5 or later.
A JET database is a flat file database that uses the same file format as Microsoft Access databases,
however Microsoft Access is not required at all in order to use xcAuction.
To download updates to JET, MDAC, or ADO, see http://www.microsoft.com/data/
When used with a Microsoft SQL Server database, xcAuction supports Microsoft SQL Server 7.0
or later (including MS-SQL 2000 and MS-SQL 2005. We recommend at least Microsoft MDAC version 2.5 or later. MDAC is
available as a free download from the Microsoft web site at
Any one of the supported email components,
currently Microsoft CDONTS, CDOSYS, ASPEmail, ASPMail, ASPQmail,
BambooSMTP, JMail, SmtpMail, or SmartMail.
Note: Some of these components are provided for free from their
vendors, and some are commercial. The Microsoft CDONTS or CDOSYS component is a free
component that is provided as a part of IIS. See note below on optional
xcAuction can be configured to allow your site users to upload images and have the
images hosted on your web server. To use this feature, the web server must have
a supported upload component installed. You can use any one of the supported
xcAuction currently supports the following Upload Components:
Persits ASPUpload, ASP Simple Upload, ASP Smart Upload, SoftwareArtisans
SA-FileUp, WebSupergoo ABC Upload, or Dundas Upload. See note below on
xcAuction can be configured to automatically generate thumbnails of uploaded images and
display them in special views on your site to visitors. It can also automatically
constrain images to maximum dimensions to fit your site design. To use these features,
your web server needs any one of the supported Imaging Components installed. Like the Upload
Component, this is an optional feature and requires a third-party
component to function. Currently supported Imaging Components are:
ASPImage from ServerObjects.com; ASPJpeg from Persits.com; AspSmartImage from AspSmart.com. See note
below on optional components.
xcAuction can be used in a pay-for-services mode or free. These billing
features can be turned on/off at any time as your needs dictate.
You can start with a free site and add in the pay options at any
xcAuction interfaces to any external merchant processing
software (such as ICVerify), or any merchant service that can import
billing data from a batch file. Billing export file information can be
customized to suit any software or service.
xcAuction can also interface directly to a vareity of credit card
processing gateways. It has a number of Online Processing modules that are
available for a variety of gateway service providers. xcAuction
supports the following gateway providers:
AuthorizeNet; Bank of America eStores; DirectOne, Echo/OpenEcho; eProcessingNetwork; IonGate;
LinkPoint; SecPay; Verisign PayProFlow; and YourPay. Note: certain gateway vendors
have additional requirements and may need to have additional software installed on the
web server. This software is usually provided free to any account holders or web hosts.
xcAuction also has integrated support for PayPal and NoChex for smaller scale
sites that do not need a full fledged credit card gateway.
Additional add-ons and further
details can be found in our online FAQ database.
Billing Articles in FAQ Database
Notes On Third-Party Components
If you will be using an ISP's shared web server, or managed dedicated hosting,
contact your ISP to see if they already provide support
these components. Most ISP's or web host's that provide ASP application
hosting will already provide a good selection of components for ASP
applications and you will probably not need to directly license any
components yourself. If you are using an ISP's shared web server, or
managed dedicated hosting, your ISP will probably already supply these as
part of your hosting plan. Contact XCENT support if you have any question
about hosting requirements with your particular ISP, need help determining
system requirements, or need assistance locating a reliable host.
If you are using your own server, dedicated or co-located equipment, these
components are third-party products and are not provided as part of
xcAuction and you would need to license these components yourself. The actual
cost of licensing the components to cover all of the requirements
are minimal, as many of the various component types have free versions available.
In most typical hosting situations, you only need to install or license any of
the third-party components yourself. Otherwise, you would need to contact your
current or potential host to see if they currently provide support for any of
these components, or are will to provide such support.
To see if your current web
server or ISP supports xcAuction and other Active Server Pages (ASP)
applications, try the XCENT diagnostic utility xcDiag.
This is available on the XCENT web site at http://www.xcent.com/downloads.
The xcDiag utility will tell you about the IIS installation and
some of the installed components on the web server. If you are
using a shared ISP server, you can use xcDiag to verify if any
optional components are installed on the web server. However,
please always verify this with your ISP. To use the
utility, you simply copy the xcDiag.asp file to your web
site and try to access the file from your browser using HTTP. If
your server supports ASP, then you will see the information
about your server and it should look something like shown
If any of this is too confusing or more detail than you care to deal with,
then please contact us for assistance and we will be glad to help clear up
any questions that you might have, or get you the assistance that you need to make
xcAuction work as a solution for your needs.