Database of Online-Readable Books (hosted on my Hong Kong server) Total Price: $1400 USD
I built this site for a long-time English teacher in Shenzhen. He operates a school with many teachers who need access to authentic English materials and books for students of many ages and abilities.
It included a subscription service where new users handle payment processing through Paypal (using either their Paypal account, Visa/Mastercard, or a UnionPay Chinese debit or credit card). After the potential subscriber is taken to Paypal's secure payment processing page, my code waits for an encrypted verification signal from Paypal's servers. After my script automatically (and autonomously) verifies that the encrypted keys match, it creates a new user account and sends the client their login details via email. The client need not take any actions themself at the point of sale or in account management or user-creating. However, if the client wishes they can make use of a backend management page to delete or manually add any user he wishes (this backend management section is accessed by the owner of the site via the login, which also distinguishes the various types of users entereing the site).
The graphics and artwork (though not on par with the Mona Lisa) were all created by me "in-house", thereby keeping the client's costs down. Further, using JQuery and some of the latest CSS3 features available to coders (as opposed to web designers who are primarily "artists" and not coders (and I mean no offence here)): I was able to add a decent bit of "pizazz" through a very ecnonomically use of just a few lines of code. The result is the most value for your money in terms of making a site look like it "cost a lot", from an artistic/aesthetic standpoint, even though in fact it did not.
This site also came with two (2) years of China direct-line ISP hosting in Hong Kong. I provide my own hosting for clients on my server, which I configure at the command line normally (but also use cPanel as well). The fastest alternative to hosting inside China is through one of the direct routes through Hong Kong. (Read more about this here.)
This site included:
Searchable Database of 10,000+ Online Books
Backend User Interface for the Owner to Upload/Post New Book Entries, and Edit Old Entries
Paypal Payments Integration
Automatic New User Creation Upon Notification from Paypal Servers that Payment was Successful