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Web dev - help needed
show user profile  Garp
I know next to nothing when it come to web coding, especially regarding the back end (server side).
Most of what comes up with Google only deals with HTML, CSS and Javascript. From the little I've found for the server part, there seems to be a shitload of programming languages and libraries to choose from.
Does anyone know a good textbook that lays everything down cleanly and clearly?

More specifically, I'm gonna need a little website to distribute free and commercial plugins.
So, ability to upload my plugins of course, link to docs, a cart system, something like paypal, a mean to keep track of transactions and encrypt clients data, etc. Plus some decent security to prevent hackers from fiddling with the plugins code and turn them into malware.
How hard/long would that be to learn? Any pointers?

Note that I'm a decent C++ coder, so I'm not entirely new to those 1s and 0s.

Alternatively, what would be a typical price for such a website?


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7/26/2016 11:49:20 PM (last edit: 7/26/2016 11:51:02 PM)
show user profile  ScotlandDave
You can use something like eJunky for cart/retail and it allows inserting scripts/url for processing paypal details etc via your own database, and also supports sending emails with download links etc, pretty good..

Security wise, they will ALWAYS crack your software if they find it worth doing. But look into hashing algorithms for a starting point, SHA etc etc are commonly implemented into most programming languages..

Personally i'd advise avoiding web development except where specific custom scripts are required and database setup. Web stuff is hell imo compared to the luxury of something like C++ and Visual Studio..

There are plenty of free or low cost website build/host providers that support cart systems etc btw, worth looking into to avoid the hassle of building from scratch..

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7/27/2016 1:59:29 AM (last edit: 7/27/2016 2:01:06 AM)
show user profile  Garp
Thank you, Dave. I understand (most of) what you're saying but that's already beyond my current knowledge.
I have no idea about what's happening on the server. Is there some 'entry point' program that gets launched when a url is used? How are things organized over there?
All I could find was about the particulars of PHP or other stuff. Nothing about how things actually work.
In short, I'm missing a starting point.

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7/27/2016 2:38:25 AM (last edit: 7/27/2016 2:39:23 AM)
show user profile  ScotlandDave
Aha yeah i get you..

Well basically, you can store a php script anywhere on your web host, it generally can't be intercepted or read by the end user when it's run as it's a server side script and run only on the server, and just spits out whatever you want it to. So for example, you could set up an eJunky cart, which processes purchases for example from Paypal, and then simply provide eJunky with the url of your php script which it then calls at the end of the transaction. Ejunky will send the Paypal transaction data to your script, so what your script does with it is up to you. It could ignore it completely, send out an email with using the paypal email included in the data, or typically it could take the transaction id and some customer info and insert it into your database..

The way it does that is with pretty simple php script. Basically you would have an sql database set up already, the script takes the data, opens connection to the database, inserts the data into it, closes the connection, and done. It doesn't even have to return anything to the end user, it just gets fired silently in the background and stores the transaction data..

So again, the php is server-side only and the scripts can literally be called from anywhere and sent whatever data you need to send it. Php is also useful for encryption or keygen stuff as it does this on the server and no code is run on the client side..

Other than that, everything is pretty much standard web stuff, html landing page, shopping cart, server scripts to handle database stuff and keygen if you need it, etc. It's really up to you how you cobble it all together..

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7/27/2016 4:11:28 AM (last edit: 7/27/2016 4:11:28 AM)
show user profile  spoon
There are packages that do what you want. Writing it from scratch will take a while ...

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7/27/2016 6:59:07 AM (last edit: 7/27/2016 6:59:07 AM)
show user profile  gogodr
Wordpress has an e-comerce platform that you might want to look into.

You can find some tutorials on how to set it up, then getting a template for the asthetics and you should be good to go. No programming needed, only lots of configuration via the CMS. (Content Manager)

Hello there

beautiful ;3

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7/27/2016 9:16:47 AM (last edit: 7/27/2016 9:16:47 AM)
show user profile  Garp
Thank you for all the pointers, guys. Much appreciated.

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7/28/2016 9:59:36 AM (last edit: 7/28/2016 9:59:36 AM)
show user profile  jpedleham
Wordpress and woocommerce are a winning combination. Insanely simple to set up and maintain. No coding needed really if you find a nice theme on themeforest
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7/29/2016 3:30:21 PM (last edit: 7/29/2016 3:30:21 PM)
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