Do I need MySQL to build a shopping cart ??

illustratorDavi

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Hi

I'm wanting to upgrade my website so people can buy prints, greetings cards etc from my website.

I was going to upgrade my 1and1 account to a basic home hosting account account

But today I've discovered that although it has php it doesn't include MySQL - my question is do I need to have MySQL to build a shopping cart ?

Thanks
David :)
 

munkle

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Most likely but I'm sure not all options will require MySQL. However, setting up an e-commerce site can be a tad tricky, not to mention expensive. If you're not handling large orders, you might be best off with having an order form on your site and handling payments via paypal. Just a thought.
 

kgarner

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You need some form of database to house the data of the products you intend to sell. As long as it understands SQL (Standard Query Language, I think) then PHP will be able to talk to it. It's just that all of the tutorials and everything are geared towards MySQL.