Having decided to step off into the deep water again, I'm here to ask for waterwings from the experienced

Am I correct in assuming that WebMerge is the product of choice for working with data feeds? How difficult is it going to be for someone who has just become fairly fluent with FrontPage?

Between Excel and Access, what's the popular choice?

Does anybody have a favorite FTP client?

There seems to be a lot of controversy about paying CJ and Linkshare for feeds. To those that have paid up, do you find the fee worth it?