[thelist] E-Commerce set up - Thoughts?

Todd Richards todd at promisingsites.com
Wed Apr 16 21:53:17 CDT 2008

Hi Hassan -

Thanks for the tips on the certs - I wasn't positive how that worked, but
that makes sense now that more "coverage" means higher costs.  I will have
to investigate that.

By keeping the store "inside" the existing site, I had maybe hoped that some
of the data could be easily shared.  Since this is an off-the-shelf store, I
doubt that any of the tables will be the same as mine, but certainly the
information within them will be (name, address, etc).  There's not much I
can do about that without writing a custom store, so I guess this leaves me
to believe that separating it would be the best thing.  Not a show stopper -
that's what I had originally planned to do but then started to think
otherwise.  However, I'm glad that I talked it through first!  It would also
be easier to incorporate a cert that way too.



-----Original Message-----
From: Hassan Schroeder [mailto:hassan.schroeder at gmail.com] 
Sent: Wednesday, April 16, 2008 7:57 PM
To: todd at promisingsites.com; thelist at lists.evolt.org
Subject: Re: [thelist] E-Commerce set up - Thoughts?

On Wed, Apr 16, 2008 at 2:07 PM, Todd Richards <todd at promisingsites.com>

>  (If I blend the two together, then my SSL would then cover *.domain.com,
>  right, or would it be www.domain.com/store?)

An SSL certificate traditionally applies to a single host, e.g. *one of*

You can get wild card certs that cover all of the above, *.example.com,
but they're more expensive.

By keeping the store as an application within the main site, you also
avoid issues with cookie paths, AJAX origin, etc.

>  I had originally planned on setting up it's own database to keep it
>  from the member's only website, but maybe it makes sense to incorporate
>  in so that I can share information easily between the sites.

Will information in the store database duplicate information in the
current member DB? If so, there's a big vote for DRY  :-)

Hassan Schroeder ------------------------ hassan.schroeder at gmail.com

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