Lesson 27 - E-shop in PHP - Shopping cart
In the previous lesson, E-shop in PHP - Test data, we added 100 test products to our e-shop. The next couple of tutorials will be about creating orders, i.e. adding goods to a cart and passing them through the checkout.
Users add products to a cart, then, when they're done, they proceed to checkout and finish the order. This functionality is done in different ways in different e-shops, either on server-side or client-side. Let's introduce all of the possible approaches, their advantages, drawbacks, and then decide which one to use.
We could store data into cookies or a local storage on the client-side.
Cookies represent the mechanism designed to keep a website's informational state.
Advantages to using cookies:
- They're widely supported by browsers
- They're persistent (they don't expire unless we tell them to)
Disadvantages to using cookies:
- Limited to 4096 bytes
- Data is sent to a server on every request, which isn't really a disadvantage. However, in our case, it doesn't make much sense to set things up this way.
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