PHP Shopping Cart Tutorial
Designing profitable online store
Author: Vladimir V. Tuporshin
Following tutorial explains how to create a shopping cart script with PHP and MySQL. If you have decided to design your own online store with PHP and do not know where to start, this document is right for you!
Before you begin
This shopping cart tutorial is not about Internet marketing, SEO and online store promotion.
This tutorial will only help you build an online store. Promotion issues are not covered here.
In this shopping cart tutorial we WILL NOT:
- Describe how to design an online store from scratch (see 'Shop-Script FREE' section below)
- Describe how to write in PHP, install and/or configure PHP and MySQL
It is assumed that you already have basic understanding of PHP and MySQL.
Why Shop-Script FREE?
Our company is the author of Shop-Script shopping cart software. No one knows Shop-Script as we do.
When designing this tutorial we did not want to "invent a new bicycle".
Instead of describing how to start development from scratch, design file and database structures, we rely on previously established and accepted concepts.
Thousands of people have downloaded and installed Shop-Script FREE, and this product have proven itself to be both stable and safe.
Utilizing Shop-Script FREE as basis makes this tutorial even more useful:
- for those who have selected Shop-Script FREE as a turnkey solution for their online stores, this tutorial clarifies the principles of store workflow;
- everyone who is reading this tutorial might want to establish an online store; doing this with worked out free turnkey solution is much easier and more safe than designing from scratch.