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Transition cart from "static" to "database" driven

Thread began 12/30/2009 10:40 pm by nenad391153 | Last modified 1/11/2010 1:58 pm by Eric Mittman | 1156 views | 7 replies |

nenad391153

Transition cart from "static" to "database" driven

Hello,

We have created a website using the static version of eCart. We now are in need to have this site database driven. What would be the process for us to convert our static site to a database driven one without breaking anything?

Thank you

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Office Guy-172461

I would make a copy of your entire site in DW, and develop the dynamic site separately. That way if you hit a snag, you can upload the old static site in a pinch. Takes the stress factor down a notch.

Install a local testing environment:
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Get the eCommerce database here:
ecommerce-database/

Use DataAssist to build the backend.

Enter your current data into your new database so you will have something to test with.

Use eCart to build your search and results pages using the tutorials.

Update your links to use the new pages.

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Office Guy-172461

One other thing to consider

If your existing site uses html pages, this would be a good time to change all of the extensions to php. You can redirect your old html pages to the new php pages so you don't lose Google juice.

Convert HTML to PHP
convert-html-to-php.html

The main difference is that the php extension tells your web server that the page may contain php script so it will call the PHP preprocessor. I make all of my pages php so I can always add PHP code latter if I want.

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nenad391153

Thank you

Thank you so much for your help. We begin tackling this now.

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nenad391153

ecart and PowerCMS

Hi Office-Guy. Thanks for your previous help.

We just installed PowerCMS in our site. We have not yet updated our static ecart to a dynamic one. Is it possible to combine ecart with PowerCMS? What would be the steps to make our ecart dynamic, but with implementation into PowerCMS?

Thank you for you help!
Nenad

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Office Guy-172461

I don't use PowerCMS so I'm not the best one to ask, but some of the other guys on the forum have written some articles that might help:

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I'm sure they can answer any questions you have.

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nenad391153

Thanks

Thanks Office-Guy....

Does any staff or forum member know how to incorporate a dynamic ecart with powerCMS?

Much appreciated!

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Eric Mittman

PowerCMS is just providing the content that will appear on your pages. The content that you see on the pages will be separate from the details for your items. You can put the PowerCMS code snippets on any page in your site and use eCart on those same pages without issue.

For example, if you have a page that introduces the user to your store and items all of this messaging can be created in PowerCMS. When you see the listing on the pages for the items this will done with the eCart functionality. In this case you can have the dynamic page content from the CMS and a dynamic listing from using a recordset with the add to cart server behavior.

So the eCart and PowerCMS can be used together but you will not be adding items to your site with Power CMS, just the content.

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