Peter, It really depends on what you hope to achieve in the e-commerce site. I am in a similar situation where we have an established proprietary accounting software that has a built in ASP app to support an E-commerce site based off the software. Since the built in software does not fit my needs or the companies, I am planning on scrapping it and implementing a database and software (ASP.NET) of my own to run the site. IMHO it seems to me that you would need to integrate a backend database to help run the capture and storage of things like: * customer billing/shipping information * shopping cart items * customer service management * inventory levels * RMA( Return Merchandise Authorization) process. Many of the items listed could be done with a simple form that e-mails you the user input but I have come to find that users expect a little more out of an e-commerce site then that, plus the more work you have the database do for you the better off you will be down the road. Here are a few books I can recommend to you. The top item "Relational Database Design for Mere Mortals" is extremely well written and will give you a definitive idea about the process of strategic database development from a beginners perspective. http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0201694719/makovision/102-0930870-954 0137 Hope that helps. Thanks, Jim Davis Hy-Tech Computer Systems -----Original Message----- From: thelist-admin at lists.evolt.org [mailto:thelist-admin at lists.evolt.org]On Behalf Of Peter Kaulback Sent: Thursday, September 13, 2001 9:22 AM To: thelist at lists.evolt.org Subject: [thelist] to database or not I'm setting up an ecommerce site for the first time using a shopping cart from an established ASP. Now I'm curious if running the store from a database would be more beneficial to the overall handling or what? I don't run database driven sites at all and I know the ASP allows for some databases to be installed. But I would like to cover as many options before falling all the way down the rabbit hole. Peter Kaulback --------------------------------------- For unsubscribe and other options, including the Tip Harvester and archive of TheList go to: http://lists.evolt.org Workers of the Web, evolt !