Do all shopping carts use PHP?

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I was wondering if all shopping carts use php? In other words can you run an ecommerce site on a hosting account that doesn't support php?

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#carts #php #shopping
  • There are a bunch of ASP-based carts, but I don't know how good they are.
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  • Profile picture of the author jacktackett
    Jan,
    there are as many different technologies used for shopping carts as there are programming languages. I've seen carts and systems in C, C# using various frameworks like Websphere, asp.net, tomcat, etc. There are hosted models like 1shoppingcar (of which I have no clue what its built with) and stand alone simple scripts that are not robust, but for small sites work fine.

    I've not seen the same type of religious wars erupt around shopping carts as around editors, autoresponders, or operating systems, but folks do have their opinions. If you use the forum's search feature I'm sure you'll find plenty of discussions on the topic.

    best,
    --Jack
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  • Profile picture of the author MemberWing
    Hi Jan - the hosting account that does not support PHP is rather unusual.

    It might be the case of some services company targeting work-from-home-granmas who are willing to pay premium for everything hosted sorta like:
    "click this button to build your online store" (but don't tell anyone that we'll take 50% of your profit + $50/mo for our amazing support and your inability to move away from us)

    I'd ran away from it, but then it depends on clientele.

    Gleb
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  • Profile picture of the author wirelessgeek
    I could probably dig up instructions on how to make an ASP.NET shopping cart by this time tomorrow. (Which would assume you're using one of the Starter Kits you can find through the Visual Web Basic 2008 website; I guess my main point is that it can be done using something other than PHP).
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  • Profile picture of the author seasoned
    I't would be IMPOSSIBLE for all to use PHP! Shopping carts came out BEFORE PHP! So what DO they use?

    PERL
    PHP
    ASP
    JAVA
    Some proprietary things
    VB(ALL variants)
    C(all variants, etc...)
    COBOL
    ETC... The question is more what you CAN'T create a cart in, as opposed to what you can.

    Steve

    BTW if it doesn't support PHP, and isn't windows, it is a fair bet they DON'T support ASP.
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  • Profile picture of the author e.calabio
    Which of the programming languages is the safest to use for e-commerce?
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    • Profile picture of the author seasoned
      Originally Posted by e.calabio View Post

      Which of the programming languages is the safest to use for e-commerce?
      C!

      WHY? Because any failing C has is ALSO everywhere else, since they all use C. But C is a REAL language, and harder to use than many others, so relatively few can program in it. And most that DO do it WRONG! Just look at all the problems in windows programs caused by memory leaks and null pointers.

      Aren't you glad you asked?

      Steve
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  • Profile picture of the author MichaelHiles
    There are ecommerce solutions for every technology platform.

    1ShoppingCart.com, for example, uses .NET
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  • Profile picture of the author CliveG
    You are asking the wrong question here. You should be asking: What is the best shopping cart, etc., for my particular purpose? When you have the answer to that you can decide on where to host it.

    P.S. I've yet to see a shopping cart written in Fortran IV, my preferred programming language at one time, long ago!
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    • Profile picture of the author seasoned
      Originally Posted by CliveG View Post

      You are asking the wrong question here. You should be asking: What is the best shopping cart, etc., for my particular purpose? When you have the answer to that you can decide on where to host it.

      P.S. I've yet to see a shopping cart written in Fortran IV, my preferred programming language at one time, long ago!
      Ones in COBOL are rare, but they DO exist. I'm sure they have fortran also.
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