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Shopping Cart questions

XfactorXfactor Posts: 343Member
[b][red]This message was edited by Xfactor at 2004-2-26 0:7:41[/red][/b][hr]
This board is the best place to post this, I think... but not the most popular board so I'm hoping someone will be able to help.
My brother-in-law is starting a web site and needs a shopping cart integrated. I haven't never done any shopping cart coding so this subject is a learning expreience for me. What I need to know:
Should he get a template with a shopping cart?
Should he use his hosting providers shopping cart (miva)?
Where can I research integrating payment gateways or any recommended books would be even better?

Any and all help is appreciated.

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  • JonathanJonathan Posts: 2,914Member
    : This board is the best place to post this, I think... but not the
    : most popular board so I'm hoping someone will be able to help.
    I got your message too, and it pretty much asks the same things as this post, so I'll just reply to the post.

    : My brother-in-law is starting a web site and needs a shopping cart
    : integrated. I haven't never done any shopping cart coding so this
    : subject is a learning expreience for me. What I need to know:
    : Should he get a template with a shopping cart?
    Don't know what you mean by this - do you mean should he install a pre-built shopping cart system like OSCommerce? If a system meets the requirements (including your ability to modify it) then this may do you fine.

    : Should he use his hosting providers shopping cart (miva)?
    If you're comfortable with what MIVA offers, and you have checked that it won't lock you to one host or make moving difficult if you need to, it's a viable option.

    : Where can I research integrating payment gateways or any recommended
    : books would be even better?
    To be honest it's just a case of reading the documentation for a particular gateway then implementing what it needs. Some need backend SSL calls, which can be done using a few Perl modules and not too many lines of code. Others require you to set up a form that posts to their server, then handle a callback from the gateway. There are several ways that it can happen, and while they can be a pain to implement they generally aren't *too* bad. The worst thing that can happen is you get a really badly documented payment gateway.

    Jonathan

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    for(74,117,115,116){$::a.=chr};(($_.='qwertyui')&&
    (tr/yuiqwert/her anot/))for($::b);for($::c){$_.=$^X;
    /(p.{2}l)/;$_=$1}$::b=~/(..)$/;print("$::a$::b $::c hack$1.");

  • XfactorXfactor Posts: 343Member
    : : This board is the best place to post this, I think... but not the
    : : most popular board so I'm hoping someone will be able to help.
    : I got your message too, and it pretty much asks the same things as this post, so I'll just reply to the post.
    :
    : : My brother-in-law is starting a web site and needs a shopping cart
    : : integrated. I haven't never done any shopping cart coding so this
    : : subject is a learning expreience for me. What I need to know:
    : : Should he get a template with a shopping cart?
    Don't know what you mean by this [red]I don't know what I mean either :)[/red] - do you mean should he install a pre-built shopping cart system like OSCommerce? If a system meets the requirements (including your ability to modify it) then this may do you fine.
    [blue]Never mind this question. It is vague and I don't know what to ask here.[/blue]

    : : Should he use his hosting providers shopping cart (miva)?
    : If you're comfortable with what MIVA offers, and you have checked that it won't lock you to one host or make moving difficult if you need to, it's a viable option.
    [blue]
    I'm not comfortable with anything yet because I haven't worked with anything like this before. Here is what I do know, (I think) I know I can use Miva with the hosting company and this offers the shopping cart with payment gateway. What I wanted to know is how to learn to do this manually so we didn't need to buy the Miva package, or with my inexperience, would Miva be the best thing?
    [/blue]

    : : Where can I research integrating payment gateways or any recommended
    : : books would be even better?
    : To be honest it's just a case of reading the documentation for a particular gateway then implementing what it needs. Some need backend SSL calls, which can be done using a few Perl modules and not too many lines of code. Others require you to set up a form that posts to their server, then handle a callback from the gateway. There are several ways that it can happen, and while they can be a pain to implement they generally aren't *too* bad. The worst thing that can happen is you get a really badly documented payment gateway.
    [blue]Is all of this for manually writing a gateway? I would think all of this should be taken care of with a hosting provider.[/blue]

    : Jonathan
    :
    : ###
    : for(74,117,115,116){$::a.=chr};(($_.='qwertyui')&&
    : (tr/yuiqwert/her anot/))for($::b);for($::c){$_.=$^X;
    : /(p.{2}l)/;$_=$1}$::b=~/(..)$/;print("$::a$::b $::c hack$1.");
  • JonathanJonathan Posts: 2,914Member
    : : : Should he use his hosting providers shopping cart (miva)?
    : : If you're comfortable with what MIVA offers, and you have checked that it won't lock you to one host or make moving difficult if you need to, it's a viable option.
    : [blue]
    : I'm not comfortable with anything yet because I haven't worked with anything like this before. Here is what I do know, (I think) I know I can use Miva with the hosting company and this offers the shopping cart with payment gateway. What I wanted to know is how to learn to do this manually so we didn't need to buy the Miva package, or with my inexperience, would Miva be the best thing?
    : [/blue]
    If you are not experienced in the field, a pre-packaged solution may be the best bet. If you go with something you have to manage yourself, you give yourself all the configuration etc work to do, maybe the effort of getting a secure certificate and installing it etc.

    : : : Where can I research integrating payment gateways or any recommended
    : : : books would be even better?
    : : To be honest it's just a case of reading the documentation for a particular gateway then implementing what it needs. Some need backend SSL calls, which can be done using a few Perl modules and not too many lines of code. Others require you to set up a form that posts to their server, then handle a callback from the gateway. There are several ways that it can happen, and while they can be a pain to implement they generally aren't *too* bad. The worst thing that can happen is you get a really badly documented payment gateway.
    : [blue]Is all of this for manually writing a gateway?[/blue]
    :
    Yes.

    : [blue]I would think all of this should be taken care of with a hosting provider.[/blue]
    Depends on your definition of hosting provider. Mine is "keep the server up and patched and stay out of my way unless I yell". If you need someone who can provide more than this for you, there are plenty of them out there - a lot of places offer systems like MIVA.

    Jonathan

    ###
    for(74,117,115,116){$::a.=chr};(($_.='qwertyui')&&
    (tr/yuiqwert/her anot/))for($::b);for($::c){$_.=$^X;
    /(p.{2}l)/;$_=$1}$::b=~/(..)$/;print("$::a$::b $::c hack$1.");

  • canopenercanopener Posts: 1Member
    Paypal and visa are the best payment gateways for getting shopping cart. For this person must have account in above of the payment gateways. The respective website url must be given to them for activating purpose. This is what I know. I hope this would help you.
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