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Mobile Shopping

Thread began 2/10/2012 4:52 pm by Php | Last modified 2/16/2012 2:30 pm by mrs | 1598 views | 7 replies |

Php

Mobile Shopping

Hi, I am designing a shopping cart website using your software. If I wanted to make that into a mobile shopping website would that be possible if so what would i need to do?
thanks

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mrs

Sorry to hijack your post angel_16_786429569, but I have a similar question. I have bought PowerStore4.5 and I have been asked to make a mobile version of the store.

Basically, I will be creating CSS that changes the look of the site. For all intents and purposes, the store will be the same apart from being optimised for mobile... is this going to work?

If it's not going to work, then I will create a mobile version of the site using eCart, Datassist, SecurityAssist etc, so the same question as angel's applies; is there anything specific that I need to do other than change the CSS to suit a mobile?

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Jason ByrnesWebAssist

The main problem to creating a mobile store is that the various payment gateways use a different API for mobile devices than is used for for desktop browsers.

neither eCart or Power Store use the mobile gateway APIS, so you would need to hand code the logic to process the payments using the gateways documentation, we do not support the mobile gateway API's

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mrs

How does it know it's coming from a mobile phone? Surely the webpage is the object posting the info to the payment gateway rather than the phone itself.

If we took an eCart created page and simplified it's design, but retained all of the eCart coding, then surely the payment gateway should still work... is that not right?

If I take a non-mobile ecommerce store, open it on my iPhone, so it is basically a miniaturised version of the desktop website, I am able to select products, add them to my basket, make a purchase and make payment... all from a bog standard website. Wouldn't a media query to change the css so the site fitted more comfortably on a phone screen (rather than be shrunk to fit) allow the code to function the same and enable payment to be made in the same way as that of a desktop browser?

Personally, I would expect an online store to work in the same way whether it is viewed in a desktop or mobile browser because it is the host server that is dealing with php and mysql code, the browser is there simply to read html and present it in a meaningful manner to humans isn't it?

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Jason ByrnesWebAssist

I'll be 100% honest, I don't know the ins and outs of mobile commerce, but here are the facts I do know:

* We don't test Power Store or eCart on mobile browsers. We do not offer support for them on the mobile platform.

* Mobile browsers do not have all of the same functionality as the Desktop Versions, there are limitations to what mobile browsers can do

* All of the gateways I have checked have different API's to use use for checkout with mobile devices.


Does this mean power store / eCart _cant_ work on a mobile browser? No, but we have not tested it and do not support it.

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mrs

OK, Thanks Jason.

If I can get a store to work right up until payment gateway, then I guess the only thing I'll need to do is employ a developer to ensure the mobile API connects properly if it should fail.

Tell me, do you have any plans to develop mobile extensions for DW? It would be a massive help to a lot of people if you did. Currently, trying to find decent and clear content to help us create a mobile app/website is like looking for rocking horse s***... it doesn't exist!

Mat

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Jason ByrnesWebAssist

We do not currently have plans for developing mobile extensions for Dreamweaver

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mrs

That's a shame... thanks anyway Jason.

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