xcClassified is an Active Server Pages (ASP) web server application. xcClassified can be used with either one of two different database technologies (Microsoft JET or Microsoft SQL Server). Microsoft's JET database engine is suitable for small sites that do not get a heavy load of simultaneous users. JET utilizes a 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 on your web server. Larger sites- or those looking for the best performance- 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 it becomes needed.

The requirements for xcClassified 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. If you need the assistance of XCENT's consulting services, we can do everything you need so that you can take advantage of all the possibilities that xcClassified can bring to your web site.

Web Server Requirements

Microsoft Internet Information Server (IIS) 4.0 or later. Compatible with Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000 Server, and Windows 2003 server. IIS is the default web server for Microsoft Windows Servers and is included free with all versions of Windows Server.

Database Requirements

Either a Microsoft JET database or Microsoft SQL Server database can be used with the software.

Microsoft JET Database

Microsoft JET Data Access Components and ADO (MDAC version 2.5 or later recommended - available for download directly from the Microsoft web site at http://www.microsoft.com/data/).

Microsoft SQL Server Database

Microsoft SQL Server 7.0, SQL Server 2000, SQL Server 2005 or later, Microsoft MDAC (2.5 or later recommended - available for download directly from the Microsoft web site at http://www.microsoft.com/data/).

Email Component

Any one of the supported email components, currently Microsoft CDOSYS/CDONTS, ASPEmail, ASPMail, ASPQmail, BambooSMTP, JMail, SmtpMail, or SmartMail. Note: Some of these components are provided for free from their vendors, some are commercial. The Microsoft CDONTS component is a free component that is provided as a part of IIS.

Upload Component

xcClassified can be configured to allow your site users to upload images and have them hosted on your server. For this feature to work, the web server must have a supported upload component installed. xcClassified currently supports: Persits ASPUpload, ASP Simple Upload, ASP Smart Upload, SoftwareArtisans SA-FileUp, or Web Supergood ABC Upload. If you will be using an ISP's shared web server, contact your ISP to see if they support these upload components. If you are using your own server, these upload components are third-party products and are not provided as part of xcClassified.

Imaging Component

xcClassified can be configured to automatically generate thumbnails of uploaded images and display them in special views to your site visitors. 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 and ASPJpeg from Persits.com.

Billing and Payment Features

xcClassified can be used in a pay-for-services mode or free. This can be turned on/off at any time.

xcClassified interfaces to any external merchant processing software (such as ICVerify), or online merchant service that can import billing data from a batch file. Billing export file information can be customized to suit any software or service. Online Processing modules are available for certain gateway service providers. Additional add-ons and further details can be found in our online FAQ database.

To see if your current web server or ISP supports xcClassified and other Active Server Pages (ASP) applications, try the XCENT diagnostic utility xcDiag. This is available on the XCENT web site at www.xcent.com/products.asp. 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 web browser using HTTP. If your server supports ASP, then you will see the information about your web server and it should look something like shown below.