PHP (PHP:Hypertext Preprocessor) is one of the original general purpose website development scripting languages which is used to create dynamic websites and web pages. Most of the ecommerce websites which currently populate the online marketplace are built using some form of PHP scripted platform, and PHP ecommerce is one of the most popular methods of ecommerce website development.
Specific PHP ecommerce development involves using MySQL (Statistical Query Language) – a comprehensive Relationship Database Management System (RDMS) used in the development of websites and web applications. Building a PHP ecommerce website from scratch is a very complex procedure. All of the website functions and capabilities such as product catalogues, customer management, payment processing and shopping carts need to be coded and developed “by hand”
As ecommerce has developed so too has the use of PHP in ecommerce development. Over the past 10 years a number of all-in-one PHP scripted ecommerce development platforms have been created to provide developers and website owners with a greater range of tools for customisation and website management. Some of the more popular PHP ecommerce platforms which are currently in wide use include:
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