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    I was asked to create a website that will sell instructional videos. The client wants the customer to be able to create an account to log into, and to have some sort of e-commerce shopping cart to buy the videos (checking out through paypal).

    I've only done regular page design and know basic html and css code. What kind of programming languages would I need to set up the user log in/e-commerce? I really want to be able to take on the project I just need to figure these things out. Thanks!!

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    Look up Content Management Systems (CMS). WordPress and Joomla are the biggest.
    Even with these though, if you want to do a lot of customization, it's always an asset to know PHP.

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    Or ASP, or ASP.net, or possibly Ruby on Rails (although I don't know the latter).

    I don't think a CMS would work for your case, though, at least not a Wordpress or a Joomla. Besides being open source (a deadly idea when it comes to e-commerce), they're not geared for e-commerce websites.

    If you haven't done any server-side programming at all, this is borderline out of reach for you. You're not only going to have to (probalby find a cart, you're going to have to customize the cart. Then you're going to have to be able to patch/update the cart from a security point of view. Then you're going to have to build things that will inevitably take your cart into custom coding land and out of standard cart land. If you've got a lot of time to learn it and are willing to put in some long, frustrating hours, then take this on. But understand that e-commerce programming is difficult, as it very well should be...after all, you're building a store.
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    Good call game, I know that both WP and Joomla have some great e-commerce plugins available, but i've never used one my self, and security is always a valid concern.

    Have you ever used Zen-Cart? http://www.zen-cart.com/

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    I've looked at zen cart and secure net shop and they both look great. When someone buys a video from the site, they want the user to only be able to view the video for 30 days...way over my head! It also seems unnecessary to make it that way..

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    Modifying e-commerce platforms is a pain. It can get extremely confusing and is a lot of work. Adding in the log in system into the mix is going to be quite a bit of coding. Now you're working with sessions and as TheGAME and Harmonic said, you need to consider security for both the log in and e-commerce. There isn't a real clear-cut method to doing this without learning PHP, MySQL and Zen Cart.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeffrey Rank, post: 200607
    Modifying e-commerce platforms is a pain. It can get extremely confusing and is a lot of work.
    Oh, testify. Carts try too hard to be all things to all people, and usually fail on all accounts. Not to mention the untangling of spaghetti code.

    Ironically, though, I just started working on a cart that sucked so badly that it was easy for me to edit. The thing basically had no features or functionality in it whatsoever and looked like someone had put in just enough to make it function as a cart, so there was a lot less code as a result.
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