How to make site like Amazon - ebay
I am a web designer on a hard(very, very hard) quest to make a similar site to Amazon/ebay.
I have been looking it up and i realise how hard it is going to be, but one way or another i have to do it.
I will be making it using PHP, MySQL. I am pretty good with HTML and CSS. I have little experience with PHP.
Right now i am reading and applying methods from - Build Your Own Database Driven Web Site Using PHP & MySQL
I aim to make an ecommerce site first and then carry on with that.
I am not expecting all of my answers from one source.
However, i am willing to bring all the bits and pieces together and make this happen.
I need all the help i can get! Thanks!!
Each of those sites has employed dozens of people for several years to write the code for their site. For you to do the equivalent by yourself will be a full time job for several decades.
You have a really lofty goal and I applaud your dreams. Building a basic e-commerce site is a challenge in and of itself; you might be better off building a wordpress site with an ecommerce plugin like opencart, marketpress or shopify. They do a lot of the work already for you.
Here are some of the major areas you'll need to consider:
- user authentication
- inventory (and how to 'reserve' items, for instance if you have 3 in stock and 4 people all try and add to cart at the same time...)
- adding items to cart
- sales / coupons / discounts
- template + layout. Creating individual php files for every screen will make you crazy, and isn't very URL/SEO friendly. You'll likely want to look into a great framework such as Symfony, CakePHP, ZEND, Yii, or Laravel
- contacting users; notifications
there are probably several areas I'm leaving out, but don't make the classic new developer mistake that if you don't build all of it by hand, it isn't legit. A lot of very talented people have already encountered a lot of real world problems and built great solutions to those--it isn't cheating to build off of their success.
Good advice :thumbsup:
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