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    Coding question for online store

    So i am just curious what types of coding are used for ECommerce sites?

    I am still learning the basics but am just curious as to what knowledge is required to code these type of sites? Id prefer to not use sites like wordpress for its plugins..


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    It's usually done with PHP and MySQLi (for the database).

    Some people prefer ASP, using a Windows Server.


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    ok thanks.. I have been doing some research on PHP and Javascript at the moment. I have avoided Mysql for the moment because someone said Databases could be a lil tricky, and Im learning these 2 on top of getting more familiar with HTML and CSS without using Dreamweavers help

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    PHP, ASP, ASP.net are three.

    I've seen JSP used, although having dabbled in it I wouldn't recommend it.

    You'll need a database no matter what you use, since you'll have to store products and orders somewhere. So "what someone said" doesn't apply here.
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    If you just started getting familiair with html, php, asp etc etc, then you need a platform like Wordpress, Joomla and more advanced is Magento.
    Everything is working (mostly) out of the box and in this way you can get used how to setup a database, and which PHP files are used to make the site work. Because you can't do without for eCommerce, and a long learning curve when you are beginner.
    Don't burn your hands with starting from scratch because your site will be done in about 3 to 10 years =)
    Download some free templates and start scrolling through all the folders, open files, see what hey do etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackBike View Post
    If you just started getting familiair with html, php, asp etc etc, then you need a platform like Wordpress, Joomla and more advanced is Magento.
    Everything is working (mostly) out of the box and in this way you can get used how to setup a database, and which PHP files are used to make the site work. Because you can't do without for eCommerce, and a long learning curve when you are beginner.
    Don't burn your hands with starting from scratch because your site will be done in about 3 to 10 years =)
    Download some free templates and start scrolling through all the folders, open files, see what hey do etc.
    Right, I mean, why would you want to work through learning all of the necessary steps to create something? You'd only come out the other side more knowledgeable than most people at your learning level. DIY is for losers who want to be good at things.

    But seriously, pick a backend language and dive in. Learn databases along the way, because you're going to need them. Honestly, they aren't that hard. SQL is pretty easy to pick up, I mean, the S stands for Simple. I find I learn best by picking a simple project and working my way through it, Googling when I get stuck. I'm working on an embeddable PHP comment system for that very reason right now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronald Roe View Post
    DIY is for losers who want to be good at things.
    Soy...un perdedor...I'm a loser, baby....so why dontcha kill me?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronald Roe View Post
    Right, I mean, why would you want to work through learning all of the necessary steps to create something? You'd only come out the other side more knowledgeable than most people at your learning level. DIY is for losers who want to be good at things.

    But seriously, pick a backend language and dive in. Learn databases along the way, because you're going to need them. Honestly, they aren't that hard. SQL is pretty easy to pick up, I mean, the S stands for Simple. I find I learn best by picking a simple project and working my way through it, Googling when I get stuck. I'm working on an embeddable PHP comment system for that very reason right now.
    To be honest i dont have any intentions of building an eCommerce site any time soon. I was asking so i can eventually get there. i was just curious last night what other languages i needed to learn. More or less a list of what languages are used for what so i can prioritize my learning. I have seen ppl ask how to set up an eCommerce site and alot of ppl reply back with using some form of platform. And thats ok for them i guess, but i would rather have an understanding of how things work more than just getting it to work.


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    i was just asked to do an eCommerce site. Hated to do it but had to turn it down. I tired to come up with simple solutions, knowing the person and how small the business is, I thought just maybe there was something simple I could do to make this work for me. I came up with some ideas but nothing to create a secure shopping cart.

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    What about paypal? When explaining to my friend i could not do it because of the shopping cart she mentioned she uses the paypal adapter with ipads at the store for POS and she actually preferred it if it was all done thru paypal? Im not home, ill be in class all day so wont get to do much research except for this 30min break now.. So if anyone has any comments? I have been asked by 5-6 different ppl for an ecommerce site? Mostly small businesses and if i could get some ideas for ways to go around this? I have also seen CubeCart id only about $180 and i could charge the clients? I have been researching ecommerce and i can do most of the coding, except i do not feel comfortable enough to code the shopping cart.


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