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Offline dezign2

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shopping cart start up
« on: October 06, 2011, 06:36:20 PM »
Hi,

When adding a shopping cart to a site, should I design the page around the cart or the cart around the page? Which comes first. I use Dreamweaver, and I am having a difficult time understanding how to implement the shopping cart in my site.  :-?

Any help would be deeply appreciated. Sorry ahead of time for the stupid question.

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Re: shopping cart start up
« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2011, 03:47:18 PM »
I'm not sure what you're getting at here. Most carts assume that they own the whole page (and everything else), and you can't wrap other stuff around them very easily (perhaps with an iframe, but it's probably trickier than it looks). There may be a cart or two designed to cooperate better with being integrated into a larger page.

On the other hand, if accept that the cart's pages will be controlled by osC or whatever shopping cart software you choose, and the rest of the site by whatever you put into DW with just a link from DW pages into the cart (and maybe one back to your main page), is your question, "which one should I design first?" That's kind of tough, but I think you would probably be better off styling the cart's pages first. Some aspects of the layout will be hard coded or otherwise difficult to change, although most recent cart versions use CSS for much of their styling. There are also themes or templates for many carts that you might start with. After you have the cart's pages looking as you wish, you are free to lay out (using DW) the rest of your site so that it's more or less compatible with the cart. If you try doing it the other way around (laying out an arbitrary look in DW, and then trying to get a cart to match), you'll probably end up with a lot more work (if you can do it at all).

BTW, don't even think about using DW to edit cart source code (usually PHP). Learn to use a real file editor (ViM and Notepad++ both come highly recommended). Also, many carts depend on "sessions" to maintain your log-in and cart from page to page, and will forget everything once you jump out into a non-cart page. So, try to discourage navigation that takes a user out of the cart until after they've checked out or otherwise have decided that they're done with shopping.
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Re: shopping cart start up
« Reply #2 on: October 08, 2011, 03:47:31 AM »
Not 100% sure here but if you are planning to build a blog, gallery or non -directly integrated pages/sections of the site I would build it around the cart at least as far as the color scheme and images. Most carts are templated and it would be easier (IMHO) to build your other pages around the cart using similar colors and stuff rather than editing the cart. Static and general use pages are generally easier to fix than a borked cart.

Anyway, that's my 2 euro's for what its worth.

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Re: shopping cart start up
« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2012, 11:48:55 AM »
Which shopping cart you are planning to use?

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Re: shopping cart start up
« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2013, 04:03:20 AM »
To solve all issues I suggest you to choose popular E-Commerce Service Providers available in online market. They provide you all support and full maintenance with different pricing packages.

Here I have listed some of most popular E-Commerce Service providers from all over the world:

- volusion.com
- bigcommerce.com
- shopify.com

<Note that these are all-in-one, turnkey systems not hosted on Lunarpages. You are buying hosting, cart, and support when you sign up for one of these systems. -- Mod.>
<Further Note: these systems are generally dedicated e-Commerce sites anyway, and you will have the same problems trying to integrate your own pages into them. Depending on how much access and control the service gives you, you might not even be able to add more pages. -- Mod.>
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Re: shopping cart start up
« Reply #5 on: August 15, 2013, 01:41:55 AM »
Are you planning to create theme files? If you are about to set up e-commerce platform for your online business, I think you should put more effort to identify the platform that suit you the most. Those design markup shall come later, and in fact you can purchase the nice theme on the net.

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Re: shopping cart start up
« Reply #6 on: August 15, 2013, 05:19:06 AM »
Be aware that many commercially offered "themes" are actually complete (or nearly complete) replacements of heavily modified base shopping carts. They are not simply "skins" to drape over a standard installation. The problem is that, being heavily custom coded, they are often not kept up to date with the base product. For example, many commercial "themes" for osCommerce are actually still based on osC 2.2 (some as old as 2.2-MS2, which is 7 years old), while the base product is now at 2.3.3. If you want to go this way, get some guarantees that any "theme" is not only based on the latest base product, but will be kept updated.
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