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Building an E-Commerce Site Part 3: Catalogs and Shopping Carts

This is the third and final article in a three-part series dealing with using PHP 4 and MySQL to make a comprehensive e-commerce storefront solution. This article covers the shopping cart, payment processing, and database engine considerations, among many other topics. Full source code included!

TABLE OF CONTENTS:
  1. Building an E-Commerce Site Part 3: Catalogs and Shopping Carts
  2. Assumptions and Requirements
  3. Overview of The Process
  4. MyMarket Shopping Experience
  5. The Product Catalog
  6. The Shopping Cart
  7. Payment Processing
  8. Step 1: Database Changes
  9. Step 2: Extracting the New Scripts
  10. Step 3: General Script Changes from Tutorial 2
  11. Step 4: New Shopping Scripts
  12. Conclusion
By: Ying Zhang
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June 08, 2000

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Welcome to Part 3 of the E-Commerce Step-by-Step Guide. This is the last installment of this 3 part series (hurray!). In this installment, we add scripts to let the user browse our product catalog and we let them order our products. After completing this installment, you will have:

  • created the underlying tables for the shopping cart and ordering;
  • created PHP scripts for navigating the product catalog;
  • created PHP scripts for viewing product details;
  • created PHP scripts for managing the shopping cart;
  • created PHP scripts for purchasing the shopping cart items;
  • a basic understanding of the payment process


 
 
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