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    Coding ecommerce self vs pre-existing packages

    Hi Everyone

    Basically I am busy coding an Ecommerce website using html, css, php and javascript.

    So I also screwd around with some of the prebuilt packages available namely openCart.

    While it is openCart is very nice its kinda hard figuring out how to customise the website.

    So basically my question is what would you guys suggest, coding it yourself vs installing a pre-existing package.

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    I would personally use a pre-existing package. Making everything from scratch could take a while.

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    What cyber-ninja said, plus, most pre-built systems are kinda modular and can be extended with additional functionality. Also, most, if not all, e-commerce systems have the option of theming so you can create your own looks. Of course, there is a learning curve in modifying an existing software but it takes less time than reinventing the wheel, I would guess.

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    Pre-existing packages. You can find alot extensions that can be added into your shopping cart and makes your life easier like shipping one, image loader, coupon and voucher generator, visitor counter, fraud order screening and so on.

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    A fourth vote for packages...

    I considered the same question a couple of years ago and opted to go with Opencart. When you look at the functionality that comes built in with Opencart there's a vast amount and coding it all from scratch would take forever. No regrets on the choice - OC's been sufficiently flexible to add quite a large amount of additional functionality when required.

    There's a reasonable support community on the Opencart site (although some of the mods are unnecessarily arrogant IMHO) so you can usually find some help on anything from the basics to coding your own extension.

    If you're talking about customising the look and feel of opencart then you need to create your own theme - you can use files from the default theme, copy them across to your own new theme and then amend as required.
    Use the W3C HTML Validator and CSS Validator to check your code and Firebug to see what css is applied to an element
    Read Steve Krug's book Don't Make Me Think - essential reading on web usability
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