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Shopping cart tutorial

I want to create a fully functional online store for my home business. I saw there is a course to build a simple PHP application. My question is, should I start a PHP course in order to do this Build a simple PHP application. I'm currently in the web design track.

1 Answer

Ken Alger
Ken Alger
Treehouse Teacher


The application that is built in the course in which you reference covers an online store "Shirt 4 Mike" fairly well, but it is not, in my opinion, ready for prime time. There are some missing pieces in that app that are necessary for a fully functioning and operable website. That is not to say that it is a bad course, it covers some very important aspects of PHP and building an online store, just not everything is coded out.

So, if you really want to build your own store you will likely need additional PHP knowledge, some of which is contained in other Treehouse courses. If you need an online store up and running today I would look at an open source cart software package like Zen Cart or the many others. Many of the open source carts are easy to configure and you can expand your coding skills in the process.

Just my thoughts.