A Simple PHP Shopping Cart

What is phpShop?

phpShop is a PHP-powered shopping cart application. It is released under the GNU General Public License. The primary purpose of phpShop is to provide a simple shopping cart solution that is easy to customize to suit any purpose. phpShop has less features that many other shopping cart applications, but is generally easier to customize. All that is required to effectively customize phpShop is a basic knowledge of HTML, PHP, and SQL.

To keep up with phpShop status, please see the SourceForge project page.

System Requirements

phpShop is written in PHP and therefore requires the PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor. phpShop also requires a database; phpShop currently supports MySQL for this purpose.

Why phpShop?

The original developers of phpShop needed to build a shopping cart web site. A search for an open source solution was conducted and it was found that several solutions were available. However, they found that many of the solutions were much too primitive. Other solutions were fairly complete but much too complicated to learn since they used their own tag language or were based on early CGI scripting languages. And most importantly, the solutions were dificult to customize. What the developers really needed was a shopping cart that:

  1. was easy to customize.
  2. had source code that was easy to understand.
  3. was based on a programming language that was easy to learn.
  4. was easy to design new layouts in a web page design program.

phpShop is easy to customize. The phpShop source code is easy to understand. phpShop is based on PHP. It is easy to design new layouts using a web page design program.

phpShop Features

Over the years, the developers have been tempted to cram just about every feature ever thought of into phpShop. However, a final decision was made to keep things simple and to not extensively increase the feature set. Thus, the developers have limited themselves to maintaining a stable set of features in the code base. The current list of features are as follows:


You can download phpShop at SourceForge.


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