View Full Version : Making a Commercial Shopping site

01-06-2010, 02:52 PM
I am being asked to make a site for a shop where they want to sell items on the web. Upto know I have only made websites using DW SC3 but these are basic sites.

I will need to learn about making a shopping basket, introducing paypay, making items go to a basket etc . Sounds a bit scarey to me but I have learnt alot by Youtube Tutorials and BRILLIANT books so I am up for more learning skills.

Can anyone guide me as to where I can learn these skills for shopping online sites ?

01-06-2010, 03:29 PM
Why reinvent the wheel? Free shopping carts include;


Magento also do a free version but the paid for version is meant to be the mutts nuts;


With all of these you just need to use your CSS skills to make it look good.

01-06-2010, 04:59 PM
Thanks I will take a look at these.

I suppose its just a new area I must learn but it will be worth it if I can make it work


01-06-2010, 05:06 PM
You are welcome. I personally find ZenCart easy to style and use out of the free ones :)

01-06-2010, 05:51 PM
Or if you are up for learning how to code so you can eventually build one for yourself then try learning PHP.

Davidj is probably the best place to learn. He has some tutorials on this site here (http://www.dreamweaverclub.com/vtm/php-mysql-apache.php), or go to his website for free one to one tuition here (http://codezenith.co.uk/).

Good Luck.

01-07-2010, 08:02 AM
So do i have to build a site with template first (or not) and then plug in something like Zencart which will ask me for images of items and prices etc and basically will all be set up for the site to be published ? This is a new area and seeing a turorial on one of the recommended sites was good but it seemed to assume I knew how to set the site up from the start.

Does a commercial site have to be done using php as this makes it more expensive with the hosting package ? How do I set up payment using Visa /Delta / Paypal ? is all that covered somewhere ?

This is a paid hobby for me and I am not sure |I have the time to learn php from scratch.

01-07-2010, 08:10 AM
ZenCart is all in one. Much like the open source forum software out there you install it and then alter the CSS files to get the look you want. You can also apply a pre-made template through the admin area of ZenCart. Have you got hosting for it yet?

01-07-2010, 06:16 PM
Just a thought but if its an easy solution you are after then PayPal's Shopping Cart or Buttons might be something to consider.


01-08-2010, 07:33 AM
|I have spoken to the shop in question and the site is set up with php and a cart (not one mentioned) so it seems that from this you can add images prices etc and the rest falls into place.

It has been set up by someone who doesn't have time to finish it or make it live. I am sure it is easy to pick up and manage the whole thing. Difficult to fully understand without seeing it being built. I have also been asked to build a small hotel website whereby visitors can see what availability there is on a calendar and book online.

Once again is this something which is easier than it sounds ?

01-08-2010, 02:02 PM
|Once again is this something which is easier than it sounds ?
This completely relies on your experience level with building these kind of websites before and your proficiency with HTML/CSS/JS/PHP.
'Easy' is quite a relative term 8)

01-09-2010, 03:20 AM
booking calendars are not the most simple and will need some skills with date functions. there are some java script/ ajax as well as php scripts around. in php i remember seeing a free script called i thing phpbooking calendar, i will try to find it . you might be able to adapt that.
also there is always joomla where i would imaginge there will be a component too. there will have to be an easy or user friendly admin section so ity can be updated by the staff i think
'Easy' is quite a relative term
Dom, you met my aunt jezebel then !!