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GRUMBLE
Paranoid (IV) Mad Scientist

From: Omicron Persei 8
Insane since: Oct 2000

posted posted 12-10-2005 18:56

so, i need to integrate a webshop application into an existing cms. the part where the two systems should work together, is the user system. so if a new user registered on the site, it should be registered in the cms-part and in the webshop-part. the same goes for logging in and logging out.

does anyone know, what shopping-cart software packages out there are intended to be easily integrateable.

thank you!

reisio
Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: Florida
Insane since: Mar 2005

posted posted 12-10-2005 22:41

Offhand I'd guess any good ones aren't meant to easily integrate into other CMSes - a lot more security should be involved with a store than needs to be bothered with the average CMS. If the security isn't necessary, then neither is a special webshop login.

H][RO
Bipolar (III) Inmate

From: Australia
Insane since: Oct 2002

posted posted 12-12-2005 06:42

Welcome to your nightmare... i used oscommerce to semi merge with a custom built site - it wasnt particularly hard, but it took alot of time, and TBH oscommerce is very average out of the box. If i had to do it all again i would have written my own cart software, alot of the oscommerce stuff i dont even need and it doesnt do simple things very well.

There are plenty of modules you can add in that people have made however, which can make it alot better.

But imo you wont find something that 'easily' integrates into what you have.

But you never know :P

Reading your post again if all you want to do is merge the user system it probably wont be too hard, just let whatever you get handle it all and change your cms to read from the webshop database instead of your cms one - OR you could just double up on the data so it puts users in your cms database and the webshop, that way if you ever want to change webshops you have your userbase existing how you want.

Rinswind 2th
Maniac (V) Inmate

From: Den Haag: The Royal Residence
Insane since: Jul 2000

posted posted 12-12-2005 14:53

which cms are you using? some cms's have webshop modules ready to download on their own or third party sites. If possible such a module is probably the easiest way to integrate a shop. However integrating the cms into an shop, like hiro said, is maybe the best way to go.

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DmS
Maniac (V) Inmate

From: Sthlm, Sweden
Insane since: Oct 2000

posted posted 12-12-2005 15:06

Having worked with eCommerce as a webshop as well as having built www.pokerroom.com/shop with a full admin backend I'd dare say that it's probably just as easy/hard building your own as getting into the code and integrating a standalone solution into an existing system.

The thing here is that a shopping cart is nothing else than a place to put your orders and to pass them on to an order and payment system. Before a shopping cart will do any good at all you need some sort of categorized product catalog in one end and one or more payment systems in the other.

True, you will save a lot of time if you grab eCommerce or some other standalone webshop (that's what it is after all), skin it and use it as part of your site. To integrate the usermanagementsystem with another one built on different premises will probably be hard though. Some good points are already made above..

Before you even try to decide what cart-/shop system to choose or to roll your own you should spend enough time deciding what you really need.
Do you need a full fledged webshop with a full web-backend?
Do you need to be able to track orders and stock against a physical warehouse?
Do you need several different payment options?
Do you need certificates & https?
Do you need a simple cart to order a limited amount of digitally deliverable items?
Do you need...
Etcetera...

Only you and your client can really collect enough data to be able to choose the right option here. We can probably help, esp if you need to build one yourself, but to blindly recommend/choose will probably result in a total overkill or something that's way too simple.
/Dan

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GRUMBLE
Paranoid (IV) Mad Scientist

From: Omicron Persei 8
Insane since: Oct 2000

posted posted 12-12-2005 16:59

thanks everyone!

well the cms i am using is a custom one (straightforward php/mysql), and it has to be used, so i cant integrate the cms into the webshop.
for the webshop, currently im giving http://www.cubecart.com a try. i've seen that oscommerce is terrible when it comes to customization.

dms, that eCommerce you mentioned. can you share a link? couldnt google it.

DmS
Maniac (V) Inmate

From: Sthlm, Sweden
Insane since: Oct 2000

posted posted 12-12-2005 17:25

Sorry, I meant oscommerce... my bad
/D

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