E-commerce allows companies to add online shopping components and other interactive features to websites, but this requires the use of programs to control and process the data that is input by website visitors. Visual Studio is a code-based program for building websites with interactive functions, such as online shopping, database tracking and monitoring of multiple e-mail accounts. Programming skills (e.g., Visual Basic, C++, Java) are required to create an e-commerce website in Visual Studio 8. However, there are several sources for free code and open-source e-commerce website kits compatible with Visual Studio 2008 suitable for programmers with basic knowledge.
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Things you need
- Open-source e-commerce kit (e.g., DotShopping Cart, dash Commerce)
- Premade shopping trolley code (e.g., ShoppingCart.net, Microsoft Visual Studio 8 code samples)
Create your Web page using the create new project button and choose the "application" template or open an existing Web page for editing in Visual Studio 8.
Download an open-source eCommerce kit compatible with Visual Studio 2008 (Visual Studio 8) or use a premade Visual Studio shopping trolley code (commonly available from code source websites). This will include prefabricated code for your Web pages that you only need to edit by adding your company's information into the code. DotShoppingCart and dash Commerce offer free open-source code for complete e-commerce websites that is comprehensive and easy to use.
Cut and paste the code from the kit and/or prefabricated shopping trolley code into the page in the section of code corresponding to the place on the Web page where you would like the shopping trolley to appear once the page is published to the Web.
Edit the specific fields within the code to include the information for your company and each product. You'll need to assign a product name and corresponding price and link to any product images.
Save the changes and publish the new or updated Web page to the Internet or a test site to preview the changes.
Visit the updated Web page online or on the test site and test the shopping trolley functions by placing items in the shopping trolley, entering test payment data and sending the information to the server.
Tips and warnings
- There is a newer version of Microsoft Visual Studio available for download at the MSDN website called Visual Studio 2010 or Visual Studio 10. You can download a free trial if you are thinking of upgrading.
- Most programmers use some form of starter kit, cut-and-paste prefabricated scripts from free code websites or premade open-source code to create websites and e-commerce scripts. This is because straight programming would be like reinventing the wheel and quite time-consuming.
- Programmers use an editing program, such as Visual Studio 2008, to connect various parts of different scripts and to save common pieces as a personal script library (like a radio button script for instance) for reuse later and to put the Web page pieces together and publish the pages to the Internet.
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