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Ok. So here I sit at work trying to think of a solution to my problem:

I need to redesign the website for the company. Completely. It's going to have to have some sort of shopping cart feature on it to sell things such as Readers for the universities and colleges around here, as well as being upgradeable to the point that we can use it eventually as an online quote/order system for user-created documents. Now the first part of that isn't very hard... There's lots of eCommerce shopping cart code out there, and lots of it is free. My issue is finding one that I A)don't have to code myself, and B)will be able to fiddle with enough in the future to be able to properly give prices for online reprographics orders.

Here'e the fun part: I'm going to have to do -everything- for it. Everything from designing the layout to doing the hard coding, to figuring out where we are hosting it. If we're hosting it ourselves here at our corporate office, I'm going to have to figure out the cost of a webserver, all the needed certs to do secure transactions, not to mention what server software base I'm using and what server language I'm going to use. That's where I need advice.

I know that I have enough geek friends on my friends list that can offer advice on the best way to do this. So start brainstorming with me here...

What are the advantages of hosting it ourself over having a third party host it for us? (security, complete access to computer, etc?)
What O/S should we start with?
What server? (Apache, MS IIS, ColdFusion, etc)
What server-side language? (CFM, PHP, ASP, etc)
What database type? (MSSQL, MySQL, Access, ??? I don't know)

Anything that I obviously haven't thought of would be a great help too... :)




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Feb. 13th, 2006 07:47 pm (UTC)
If you need hosting, I work at a colo now, by da by.
Feb. 13th, 2006 08:57 pm (UTC)
I'm probably going to end up running MS Server 2003 with IIS. I'd love to go with *nix, but I don't think the company would go for it. As is, if we're going to be paying for support for the server2003 anyway, we might as well get support for IIS while we're at it.

And PHP is going to be my first suggestion. My second suggestion is going to be to have someone else code it. ;)

As for hosting, we already host our own ftp server and mail server... I don't know why we don't already host our own stupid website... ;)

Check www.copycentral.com to see the reason that I think it needs to be rebuilt...
Feb. 13th, 2006 09:00 pm (UTC)
Which colo do you work for now?
Feb. 13th, 2006 11:21 pm (UTC)
servercondo. The guy running it owns the ABQ fiber, so we're in a pretty good spot. The bussiness just opened and it already pays for itself.
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