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Old 08-28-2007, 10:59 PM   #1
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Question Suggestions for a Shopping Cart ?!?

Hi All,

Perhaps Shopping Cart is strictly speaking not really the correct term here, but let me explain the situation...

I'm developing a site from the ground up, basically because the products and data are very specialised, as is the way I need to display and arrange it in the frontend, so I don't want to use a full shopping cart with database and backend as this is already done. What I need is to add in a cart of some sort which can simply keep track of the items which have been clicked on by a visitor during a single session (there is no registration required for the site). When the visitor is ready and has everything they are interested in, listed in the cart, they click the checkout (although I will call it something else) and this will send all the information to the client via an email (preferably in PDF format, but that is another issue all together). There is no need to store the information and, at this stage, no need to process a credit card, although sometime in the future this may be required, but I'm working under the assumption that this should be easy enough to add as the cart will already be able to total the amounts and parse the total to a gateway which will handle the CC details and processing, but I'll worry more about that later.

Can anyone offer any suggestions on the best way to do this? Is there perhaps a DW extension to handle this sort of thing and take the hassle out of it? Maybe I'm over thinking it and there is a simple way to do this, so I'm open to suggestions.
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Old 08-29-2007, 01:01 AM   #2
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I would look at a shopping cart. there are a lot around . my favourite is cpCommerce as first it is free, but mostly because ti is very easy to adapt to your needs.
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Old 08-29-2007, 04:47 AM   #3
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I don't know what to recommend, though some people find it simpler to pass the money side of things off to PayPal. Did a search and I think you should take a look at security issues with cpCommerce or anything else you may be considering.

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Old 08-29-2007, 05:24 AM   #4
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Hi,

Thanks for the replies so far. As I said, I don't need a whole cart system because that would require redoing work that has already been done. All I need is a simple system which works like a cart and can add like a cart, but I can simply incorporate that part of it into my site. At this point there is no payment necessary and if it is required sometime in the future it will almost certainly be done trough a gateway or virtual card system of some sort so parsing the total out to them for processing and then receiving back a confirm or deny will be all that is required.

I'll look into cpCommerce more closely. I did a quick search and noticed the word "modular" which may be a good start especially if I can extract just the bit I need and throw the rest away

But I'm still open to more ideas or suggestions if anyone out there has already been faced with a similar situation and succeeded.
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good point Cary, it does have several payment gateway modules included
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Old 08-29-2007, 09:06 AM   #6
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Thanks for the replies so far. As I said, I don't need a whole cart system because that would require redoing work that has already been done. All I need is a simple system which works like a cart and can add like a cart,
is that like saying i don't want a whole duck... just something that walks like a duck and quacks like a duck.. I don't need it to fly as i have a duck which does that.......!

forgive the analogy.... hehe

it would be better to code this yourself as its not a full cart it would be easier to write a bespoke solution. This wouldn't be that difficult once you have an understanding of PHP

we could learn this together if you have the time and commitment and the will to learn.
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is that like saying i don't want a whole duck... just something that walks like a duck and quacks like a duck.. I don't need it to fly as i have a duck which does that......
LOL

Well.... I'd put it more like this... I already have a walking, quacking duck which I'm very fond of, even though it can't fly, and I'm hoping I can find a solution to make it fly rather than get a new duck

Ok, so foul analogies aside. I just finished reading through the PHP Cart article I found through another post, which was very interesting and on the face of it, looks like it could be just the sort of thing I need, with some modification. For one thing, I'll most likely want the information deleted from the database automatically to avoid a build up of data from abandoned carts.

Having said that, in answer to your question, I'm always open to learn new things. I have a rudimentary understanding of PHP, enough to make small modifications, but nowhere near the knowledge to code the whole thing from scratch.

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Old 08-29-2007, 11:40 AM   #8
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if you have a basic understanding then we can build a jetpack for your duck together

it will be a simple task

first i must ask you to follow these tuts and then come back and we will build your solution and aquire a new skill at the same time plus the duck gets to fly

a win win win situation

http://www.dreamweaverclub.com/vtm/php-mysql-apache.php
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Old 08-29-2007, 12:12 PM   #9
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Thanks, I will have a look through these and come back to you, although quickly looking at the headings, I would say I probably know most of this. I already use wamp for my local testing, but prefer a combination of DBD4 and phpMyAdmin for database creation, but none the less, I'll give it a looksee. I'm bound to come across things I didn't know
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Old 08-29-2007, 12:14 PM   #10
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do you hand code your php??
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