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A friend of mine wants me to make him a small e-commerce site.  He
wants to have a very specific layout, a shopping cart system, and the
ability for somebody like him (who doesn't understand HTML or any
other language) to add products easily.

I've come across a few open source shopping cart systems, and while
these allow products to be added easily, they wouldn't allow for a
very specific layout.  I was wondering if anybody had any ideas.
(Maybe any hosting companies with shopping carts that could do this?)

I'm aware that I could make my own shopping cart system in PHP, but
this would require time, something we don't have.

Re: Need Shopping Cart

Big D wrote:
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Generally, when you get a shopping cart or similar, you have to go with
the layout they have.  Some have limited customization possibilities,
but without rewriting the HTML, you won't get the exact layout your
customer wants.

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Jerry Stuckle
JDS Computer Training Corp.

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Unlike most shopping cart software, doesn't
rely on its own dedicated template system, so it may be worth while
checking out.

Jurgen Nijhuis

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On Fri, 16 Oct 2009 14:01:21 -0700 (PDT), Big D put finger to keyboard
and typed:

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Magento is very customisable, but having played with it a bit I've
come to the conclusion that writing my own would be quicker! Zen Cart
is probably the best I've found so far in terms of the balance between
ease of use and flexibility.


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Thanks to everyone for your replies!

I've spoken with the customer (my friend) and we've decided that ease
of adding new items isn't the biggest priority since it turns out he
knows some HTML.  What I was thinking was something like this:

- We write our own product listings in HTML (there aren't many
products), this way we can have our own custom layout
- We have an add to cart link that adds the product the user wanted to
whatever shopping cart we're using (whether it's magento, zencart,

What would be useful is some type of shopping cart that would let us
have our own custom page header, that way, they can click "Home" or
"Products" or whatever at the top of the page and it takes them back
to the site we designed.

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indubitably wrote:
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But I would only use it for a small store. It may be adequate to meet
your needs.

I had a client YEARS ago who hosted on a site that had a shopping cart
system that would give you a link to items that you could use to add
items to the cart without going through the shopping cart. I don't know
if any of that made sense, but it is exactly what you are looking for. /

Just understand that working this way can be a pain if your inventory is
large, or changes often. You are making all of your changes twice: once
in the shopping cart system, then once again by hand in the HTML.

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Thanks, this really helps, but one issue:

mals-e doesn't seem to be very secure.  There's nothing to prevent the
customer from changing "price" in the link.  Granted, you can use a
hash, but what's to stop the customer from generating their own hash
based on a price of, say, $1.00?

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from the relative safety of an aluminum foil deflector beanie, Big D put
down the rubber duck and wrote in alt.www.webmaster:

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I'm going to second Mark's nomination of ZenCart.  I've deployed several of
them, and it's probably the easiest to customize.  I believe that they have
HTMLArea available as a WYSIWYG for adding products ...<checks />  yup!

If your friend has Fantasico or Installatron available in his hosting
panel, ZenCart is an included package.  Easy few-click install.

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On Fri, 16 Oct 2009 14:01:21 -0700 (PDT), Big D wrote in alt.www.webmaster:

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Checkout /
I've done about 20 of these installations and it's pretty easy to redesign

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