[thelist] creating a small site

Steven Streight steven.streight at gmail.com
Fri Jan 26 08:21:08 CST 2007

I just want to add that the site owner must really and truly know how
customers will want to interact with the site, what the most popular items
are, and exactly what information about each item is important to customers.

Too many sites are set up according to what the site owner wants to say and
do, and not giving sufficient priority and research into what the customer
wants to know and do.

I say look at the ecommerce successes, like Amazon, and then determine how
much like those sites you can be, in terms of user expectations based on the
high traffic sites. Even a little ecommerce site can learn from the big

On 1/26/07, Hershel Robinson <hershel at galleryrobinson.com> wrote:
> > my question - is using a mysql database way more than what's needed?
> That's precisely what's needed.
> > essentially, the site will show product images and info, listed by
> category,
> > and sizes etc - so the page content would be dynamic.  i assumed that a
> > small database and some basic php would work, but i have been
> researching
> > and it seems a lot of people just use php scripts to read a whole folder
> > full of images to create the page content, without using any database at
> > all.  maybe this might be better but i don't know exactly where to start
> in
> > that case.  how do people decide when to switch on the database, as
> opposed
> > to just a folder full of files?
> I would not even consider this without a database. Furthermore unless
> there is a good reason not to use a prefab shopping cart, like ZenCart,
> XCart, E-Commerce for Drupal, VirtuMart for Joomla, etc. then I would
> strongly recommend using one.
> Hershel
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