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First e-commerce site

Where do i start?

11:47 pm on Jan 11, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Hi there,
I am starting a new e-commerce site and wanting to know exactly where to start.
The specs for the site are:

A large e-commerce site with say 2000 products backed by a php/mysql database.
Using most probably osCommerce/PayPal shopping cart.

And what i really want to know is do i get the database populated and mapped out first then tackle the site or the other way around?
Also in regards to the sitemap as i am new to php and database (dynamic sites in general) am i correct in thinking that i just create a template for each section say one for the Home page, one for the product page, one for the log in page and then the database will drive in all the content dynamically?

If i havent been 100 percent clear i apologise i dont know all the correct terminology yet!

Anyway look forward to your insightful replies as always!

3:48 am on Jan 12, 2004 (gmt 0)

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that's too big a topic to tackle in one post.

Creating a database is not an easy task. Creating the website is also not an easy task. I take it from your other posts that you are relatively new to web design, and I wouldn't recommend tackling both a database and an ecommerce site right from the start.

Essentially you are on the right path. The entire "site" need only be about 4 or 5 pages. With everything coming dynamically from the database.

But this forum is a tough place to map out the entire strategy for you.