Msg#: 4401 posted 11:44 am on Oct 25, 2005 (gmt 0)
Hi a client is wanting a shopping cart producing for his site and needs one built rather than an off the shelf piece of software.
I have never written a shopping cart script before so without wanting to spend hours stabbing in the dark pulling my hair out trying to figure it out I was wondering if anyone knew of some step by step help site or document that would give me the basic concept of how a cart works so I can write one.
Obviously URL's are not permitted here so message me them if you have them, if anyone has a simple to use script they can post excetpts from that would be usful also.
Msg#: 4401 posted 12:05 pm on Oct 25, 2005 (gmt 0)
You could D-load a bunch of (Free) scripts and do a "Post Mortem" on them Since you never wrote one of your own then you need to learn how it works. Please, do not be offended by the following: You will need to be MySQL and PHP plenty fluent :)
Writing a custom shopping cart with no experience in the ecommerce area is a (very) bad idea. Either subcontract it out or convince your client to go with an OTS solution. It's actually quite complicated and requires nearly continuous development to maximize conversion and usability.
Of this im aware thank you. The port mortem idea was one I was going to stay away from but writing the scripts itself isnt too much of a problem. I could probably sit down for a week and have a working beta.
I suppose my question should really of been: what problems am I likely to run into when writing one...
Security issues etc...
Myself and the client want one I write for the security reason as it means I can patch it up based on my server config so there are no holes in it...