off, the website for which we hope to be using Sitefinity requires a
"members-only" area (as well as a public front face that anyone can
access). Does Sitefinity deal with such things? Where a database of
user log-ins and passwords can be stored and implimented within the
It depends on the website you have. You can have some pages with deny anonymous access and they will be shown only to users that has been authenticated. So that authenticated users will be able to browse some paid resource or administration area.
You can also use Sitefinity backend as members - only area. For instance if you develop a custom module, you can give access only to authenticated users to this module.
Secondly, the website in question would need to be able to link to an externally hosted "portal" where e-commerce will be delt with
If you are the owner of the portal, you could try make the both applications working together. The portal could a sub application of Sitefinity or vice verse, but it require some coding and server settings to integrate this solution.
Also, desired approach require Implementation of Single Sign-on
( we will support this by default after 4.0) and creating a custom login forms for your users.
I hope this helps.
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