Q: What is it all for?
A: If you deal with e-gold and other ECP, if you need to perform several transactions at once, you perhaps are looking for means to make the funds transfer as quickly as possible.
This is where mass payment software is required. However, most of it is commercial (and, of course, not open-source); other means include sites like Golds4u.com, where one can input CSV data, press a button and perform payment.
What we offer is another means to perform mass payment. With you help we can make zAurum (all kinds -- in PHP, C, whatever) as powerful as commercial versions, but with complete transparency (open-source), ability to include into your own software and so on. It is you, the customer, who decide what and when zAurum will be.
Q: Why should I use zAurum?
A: There are many issues you should take into consideration when thinking what mass payment software to choose. For example:
security: when you are using means like Golds4u.com, all your data is transferred via insecure channel (HTTP). Ever thought of possible consequences?
price: imagine you are an administrator of distributed network-based affiliate program, large enterprise and so on and you need to perform automated payments. The license price for commercial mass payment software is tremendous. What we offer is FREE software. No tricks, hothing hidden. Free. Download, configure and use. Three simple steps.
license restrictions: we are and will be trying to create zAurum software, so that it could be integrated into any product of yours. The MIT License zAurum is released under gives you very much freedom to use our code.
Q: Why are you offering this for free? Free software doesn't bring profit, does it?
A: Yes, it does! Sounds incredible?
The free software world (GNU/FSF, SourceForge, OSI and so on) has proved that free software can be supported, can receive financial support and so on. Investigate the links above to know how. In short: all the good work is always compensated for.
In case of zAurum I should note that zAurum is «younger brother» of more complex commercial project; that commercial project is being developed along with zAurum.
If zAurum is of use and you, the customer, donate to its cause -- use it, propose ideas, promote it, send us funds (as much as you wish) -- it will evolve quickly and become a good alternative to commercial ECP tools.
Otherwise, it will evolve slower -- I will pay more attention to my commercial projects. Again, it is for you to decide. Think over all aspects of using open-source software (visit also pages devoted to Security -- perhaps you will be convinced that zAurum is worth trying).
Q: May I build my own autopay site with zAurum?
A: Yes, you may. The zAurum license allows you to use the software for all legitimate purposes. It's a matter of several minutes to build an autopay site of yours. If you wish -- let me know -- this small add-on can be released fairly soon.
Q: Why the first public release has version signature 0.7.1?
A: As I said above, zAurum is a «child» of another, commercial project. The version reflects current stable version of that project, at which it was decided to start zAurum project.
Q: How could I test zAurum software?
A: That's easy. Create CSV record(s) containing the same ECP account number you are sending funds from and small sums to transfer. You will be transferring money to the same account of yours. Yes, ECP will probably charge you a small fee for transaction, but this will be very moderate price for testing.
Q: Can several people log in and make use of this script simultaneously?
A: zAurum stores each logged in user's data in separate session environment. Thus, an arbitrary number of users can log in (at the same URL) and use zAurum script, as if every one of them were the single logged in user. They won't interfere with one another
Q: What does « » mean, in the upper right corner?
A: This is the visitors counter of mine, used on all my sites. The first number is a total of unique visitors (visitor is considered unique if visits the same page again no sooner than in 30 minutes). The second number (in square brackets) is the total number of hosts visited this page.