Effortless E-Commerce with PHP and MySQL
In this comprehensive guide to creating an e-commerce Web site using PHP and MySQL, renowned author Larry Ullman walks you through every step—designing the visual interface, creating the database, presenting content, generating an online catalog, managing the shopping cart, handling the order and the payment process, and fulfilling the order—always with security and best practices emphasized along the way. Even if you’re an experienced Web developer, you’re guaranteed to learn something new. The book uses two e-commerce site examples—one based on selling physical products that require shipping and delayed payment, and another that sells non-physical products to be purchased and delivered instantly—so you see the widest possible range of e-commerce scenarios. In 11 engaging, easy-to-follow chapters, Effortless E-Commerce with PHP and MySQL teaches you how to:
• Think of the customer first, in order to maximize sales
• Create a safe server environment and database
• Use secure transactions and prevent common vulnerabilities
• Incorporate different payment gateways
• Design scalable sites that are easy to maintain
• Build administrative interfaces
• Extend both examples to match the needs of your own sites
Larry Ullman is the president of Digital Media and Communications Insights, Inc., a firm specializing in information technology (www.dmcinsights.com). He is the author of several bestselling programming and Web development books, including PHP and MySQL for Dynamic Web Sites: Visual QuickPro Guide. Larry also writes articles on these subjects and teaches them in small and large group settings. Despite working with computers, programming languages, databases, and such since the early 1980s, Larry still claims he’s not a computer geek (but he admits he can speak their language).
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Exactly what I was looking for,
This review is from: Effortless E-Commerce with PHP and MySQL (Paperback)I am a Kona coffee farmer and I sell my coffee through my website. I used to be a professional programmer before becoming a Kona coffee farmer. Leveraging off that experience, and Larry's previous books, I wrote all the code for my website: HTML, CSS, PHP, mySQL, everything. Throughout the process I wished for a book exactly like this one.
When I heard that this book was being published my first thought was "too late to help me." When I received my copy, I realized that I was wrong. Even though I spent years as a professional network programmer, and my website was already written, I am still in the process of rewriting large parts of my website because of the excellent information in this book.
If you're a web developer, this book is for you. Even if you aren't going to write everything yourself, this book will still help you understand the important concepts such as security, PCI, user accounts and site administration.
The book does assume a... Read more
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Not that effortless,
This review is from: Effortless E-Commerce with PHP and MySQL (Paperback)I have recently completed reading this book in its entirety and I must say: reading Effortless E-Commerce with PHP and mysql wasn't effortless for me. It took me a whole month to study the book. But after this month I walked away having learned so much that I cannot do otherwise than give this book 5 stars.
Here are some important things I've learned from this book:
- how to write highly readable code and prevent common vulnerabilities
- how to incorporate different payment gateways
- how to use and build mysql stored procedures
- how to use the .htaccess file to make a directory entirely unavailable
- how to improve the search engine rankings of a site creating the so-called "pretty" URLs
- how to write and use php prepared statements that use fewer resources and thus run faster.(If you ever asked yourself how to make multiple inserts or multiple updates using a single query... this is the way.)
Thank you Larry Ullman
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
The Wait is Over!!!!!!!,
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This review is from: Effortless E-Commerce with PHP and MySQL (Paperback)I have been pleased with Larry Ullman's books up to this point, but this one takes the cake! I have spent countless hours researching online for the information documented in this book. This book outlines in detail two different e-commerce models that will make any developer more valuable. First example is a site that uses PayPal. It goes into detail on how to use the PayPal sandbox to test your site before it goes live. The second example shows the reader how to implement a payment gateway directly onto your site. The second example is far more complex, but knowing how to accept credit card payments directly onto your site is very valuable and is well worth a little pain in grasping all that goes into that.
He talks a lot about internet security, SSL, and server configuration ... all which are extremely important when it comes to e-commerce. If you are just starting to learn php or mysql, I would highly recommend one of his other books such as "Beginning PHP" or "PHP &... Read more
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Table of Contents
PART One: FUNDAMEN TALS
Chapter 1: Getting Started
Chapter 2: Security Fundamentals
PART Two: SELLING VIRTUAL PRODUCTS
Chapter 3: First Site: Structure and Design
Chapter 4: User Accounts
Chapter 5: Managing Site Content
Chapter 6: Using PayPal
PART Three: SELLING PHYSICAL PRODUCTS
Chapter 7: Second Site: Structure and Design
Chapter 8: Creating a Catalog
Chapter 9: Building a Shopping Cart
Chapter 10: Checking Out
Chapter 11: Site Administration
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