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    Hello all,

    Firstly, please excuse me if I'm off the mark in any way & please feel free to put me right.

    Someone has approached me to design a website for their gym, which will comprise of the basic contact info, pictures etc. essentially just to establish an online presence for the gym. No problem, my HTML & CSS skills are up to it.

    Now for the tricky part. They would like to integrate an online shop to sell supplements via mail order and I don't have a clue. Ideally I'd do all this myself massively advancing my PHP & MYSQL skills along the way, however there is no way I can afford the MYSQL subscription fees & I think it will be too lengthy a process.

    After a quick browse there seems to be a plethora of plugins available (and I am aware of the security pitfalls of using a free open source solution) but firstly I have no idea which one to go for and secondly I would like to know how simple it is to implement one of these solutions. Can it be easily incorporated into the main site, maintaining the same look & feel? Will someone with no coding knowledge be able to update shipping statuses and stocks?

    Thanks in advance,
    Dan

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    Who (what company) is hosting the website?
    Most of them provide MySQL as part of your existing subscription.

    Next question: Who will be handling the credit cards?
    Does the gym have a credit card merchant picked-out?
    It could be their bank, paypal, authorize.net, whoever?

    How you answer these questions will determine what we say.


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    Thanks for the reply mlseim.

    I don't have a hosting company lined up, but was most likely going to go with justhost as I've had good experiences with them in the past. Assuming my chosen provider does provide MySQL would I be right in assuming that there will still be a learning curve on my part? I was looking at Ullman's Effortless E-Commerce book which I hope would teach me all I needed to know...

    I have asked the question regarding who will handle the payments and will get back to you. In order to push things forward can we say PayPal for now, as I presume he'll want to handle PayPal payments at the very least.

    Thank you again,

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    ...and PayPal it is!

    I've just been on their site and am looking at maybe using LiteCommerce - it seems ridiculously easy to implement...although open source is a bit of a put-off, doesn't that make it more susceptible to hacking (although PayPal are pushing it...)

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    There are ways you can beef up the security of open source code, especially if you can set it up from scratch and know a bit about PHP and MySQL.

    For example, when installing, change the default table prefix to something different. And change the admin login page to a different name. You'll need to make certain the changes proliferate throughout the site, but these are two fairly simple ways to make it a bit more secure.

    Also, remove the config file after the install, if possible, and make sure your file and folder permissions are set to the bare minimum needed to run the site properly.
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    Opencart is another eCommerce system that is free to use, and it is fairly easy to implement and operate.
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    Thanks for that Haydee, Opencart looks really simple to implement & customise, plus the support seems to be more than adequate for getting started.

    Reviews are fairly mixed though. I'm hoping to give it a go this weekend so I'll let you know how I get on!

    Do you have first-hand experience of using it?

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    Well I've decided to defy you all and use osCommerce, albeit for a different project.

    I'm trying to customise the layout to match my main site and am having issues changing the width of the header to span the full width of the window. Setting a pixel width can extend it out to the right, but I can't get it to extend to cover the left. I know this is elementary stuff, but my brain is frazzled from all the tweaks!

    Thanks,
    Dan


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