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Building an Online Shopping Cart (2006)

with Lawrence Cramer

Video: Welcome

How to create a shopping cart and back end to support web customers, plus online business tips.
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  1. 1m 51s
    1. Welcome
      1m 51s
  2. 18m 27s
    1. The elements of e-commerce
      6m 21s
    2. SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) certificate essentials
      5m 6s
    3. Acquiring and installing an SSL certificate
      7m 0s
  3. 21m 58s
    1. Accepting credit cards online
      3m 47s
    2. Payment methods
      5m 40s
    3. Choosing between a payment gateway and a processor
      7m 2s
    4. Merchant accounts
      5m 29s
  4. 25m 56s
    1. ''Static'' e-commerce sites
      3m 53s
    2. Dynamic e-commerce sites
      3m 5s
    3. Static vs. dynamic sites
      4m 58s
    4. Which application language to use
      9m 40s
    5. SQL (Structured Query Language)
      3m 2s
    6. Hosted vs. stand-alone sites
      1m 18s
  5. 16m 12s
    1. Database overview
      7m 37s
    2. Choosing a database
      8m 35s
  6. 7m 34s
    1. Securing the database
      4m 56s
    2. Securing the website
      2m 38s
  7. 8m 0s
    1. Building a custom cart vs. buying off the shelf
      1m 5s
    2. How to choose a shopping cart
      6m 55s
  8. 16m 47s
    1. E-commerce essentials
      1m 32s
    2. The store and the catalog
      4m 18s
    3. The cart
      2m 22s
    4. Checking out
      4m 40s
    5. Online store administration
      3m 55s
  9. 44m 0s
    1. Setting up the development environment
      6m 47s
    2. Installing the Cartweaver Extension Suite into Dreamweaver
      3m 17s
    3. Setting up the site
      4m 4s
    4. Installing the Cartweaver application into a new site
      10m 49s
    5. Setting up the DSN (Data Source Name)
      4m 22s
    6. Testing the installation
      2m 29s
    7. Code structure
      7m 35s
    8. A word about design
      4m 37s
  10. 29m 35s
    1. Choosing and preparing the host
      4m 48s
    2. Uploading the site
      4m 22s
    3. Setting up the host DSN
      3m 17s
    4. Testing and troubleshooting
      8m 0s
    5. Setting up the payment gateway or processor
      9m 8s
  11. 45m 36s
    1. Admin walk-through
      6m 7s
    2. Changing the store password
      3m 25s
    3. Global store settings
      6m 2s
    4. Product options
      3m 8s
    5. Categorizing products
      4m 1s
    6. Shipping cost setup
      6m 30s
    7. Adding products
      9m 59s
    8. Customers and orders
      6m 24s
  12. 10m 41s
    1. Customer service and policies
      10m 41s
  13. 22s
    1. Goodbye

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Building an Online Shopping Cart (2006)
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By 2007, 77% of internet users over the age of 13 -- about 131.3 million people -- will shop online. In these tutorials, instructor Lawrence Cramer helps give business owners the tools to harness this market effectively. Using an in-depth case study and other varied examples, Lawrence demonstrates how to seamlessly create and incorporate a shopping cart and back end to support online customers. Building an Online Shopping Cart covers everything from the general concepts of e-commerce to the nitty-gritty of setting up and customizing credit card and order processing features. The training also covers security, customer privacy, building a store, and developing and integrating customer service and policies.

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Hi, I'm Lawrence Cramer and I am a Web Developer and CEO of Application Dynamics and founder of I've been involved in e-commerce for about six years now, and in that time I have seen the idea of shopping online really go mainstream and take off. At the same time, the demand for web developers that can help their clients sell online has literally exploded. So often what happens is a client will come to a web developer and say, "Can you help me to sell my stuff online?" And the web designer says, "Sure", and that's when the panic sets in. So not only now you are expected to design the website, you are also expected to be an authority on a lot of things that have nothing to do with web design but everything to do with e-commerce, such as merchant accounts, payment gateways, SSLs and online security.

So whether you're a web designer looking to start doing e-commerce sites or someone who wants to just start selling things online, this title is for you. We will cover a wide range of subjects that you'll need to know in order to develop an e-commerce site. We will also show you how to implement shopping cart functionality into your website using Cartweaver, one of the more popular shopping cart applications for Dreamweaver. For about the first half of the title, we'll cover all the elements that surround developing e-commerce site such as merchant accounts, payment gateways, payment processors, SSL Certificates and web security.

Next we'll talk about the elements of actual dynamic web development. That's databases and application server languages. There is not going to be a lot of point and click through this part of the presentation. It's mostly presentational, but it's important information that you need to know. Finally, we will go into the nuts and bolts of actually applying shopping cart application to your website. Although we'll be using ColdFusion and Cartweaver, the methods and principles we are going to cover will apply to most any of the languages or applications you may choose. Let's just dive right in and get started.

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