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Re: [php-93] CMS recommendation

From: George F.
Sent on: Tuesday, February 26, 2008 12:27 PM

You might want to look at Joomla as well. 

It has a number of cart systems (virtue cart is apparently popular, plus a number of others):,com_mtree/task,listcats/cat_id,1805/Itemid,35/

However, I almost wonder if you need a cart mechanism for your client?  Drupal or a small Joomla Module might be enough.  If their interest is in publishing information about current options and keeping records of past properties, you could readily achieve that through publishing content items and then unpublishing them when they're off the market. 

The downside of publishing content directly into the Drupal or Joomla CMS is the extra time you have to spend ensuring that you've kept content publishing standard.  Not so tough if a technically inclined person is going to edit the listings, but more cumbersome if you're talking about handing it off to an end user.  Through Drupal (or probably also possible through a joomla module or mambot) you could likely create a structure around the listing process to ensure content gets placed consistently, although a well placed and unpublished reference object that can be copied could help to ensure that consistency across listings (mostly to make sure things like headers and classes get applied consistently.)

The upside is that when your customer doesn't want to have a listing that is the same, they are free to add more content, photos, etc, and they don't have to work through the nuance of a cart system.  I've deployed a few osCommerce and Zen cart solutions, and they're both easy and a real P.I.T.A. Disabling all the extras, like inventory, ordering, notification, etc may be a bit of a hassle you don't need if the existing table / lists / publishing mechanisms from something like Drupal / Joomla will give you what you need.


George Faerber
Radial Studios
[address removed]

On 2/26/08, John Zarlino <[address removed]> wrote:
When you have a minute please look at and apply what you are
trying to do for you client.  I use the back on this daily and its easy to
use for me.

Zen Cart is an open source online store management system. It is PHP-based,
using a MySQL database and HTML components. Providing support for many
languages and currencies, it is available for free under the GNU General
Public License.

Zen Cart branched from osCommerce as a separate project. Beyond some
aesthetic changes, the major differences between the two systems come from
Zen Cart's long list of added features. Among the modules included are a
Gift Certificate/Voucher module which allows you to create, send and manage
the digital coupons. The Downloads Manager enables you to effectively manage
downloadable sales (pdf or other media files). Attribute configuration
options in the Download module allow you to configure how many days the
download is available for and how many downloads per purchaser.

On August 12, 2007, Zen Cart team announced that the future versions of the
software, starting with 1.4.0 will require PHP 5.2 as a minimum.

John Zarlino
Director , Bob-Boyd Auto Family
[address removed]

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