By this point, you are probably already looking around at various shopping carts. You probably already have a rough idea of which ones you are looking at. However, like many people, you may have found ones that were built with different languages. The purpose of this article is to tell you which one I prefer, and I will tell you why. To put it simply, I try to stick with PHP whenever I can. Unless it might save me money to go with the other, but I always try to keep the long-term point of view in perspective when purchasing scripts. PHP is simply the better long-term choice.
It is Easy to Make Changes
PHP is actually not a difficult language. With a couple of books, you will be well on your way to modifying and perhaps even creating fairly advanced scripts. PHP may appear confusing at initial glance, but if you take the process one step at a time, I have seen people learn the language in mere hours. I am not going to say that you will for certainty be able to make changes. However, other developers can if you are unable to do so. With this being the case, it drives the price down because the vast majority of changes you might be seeking are rarely complex.
Many Developers to Choose From
Unfortunately with many languages that are less popular, there are far less developers in the marketplace. This proposes two significant problems. First, you are looking at far more expensive rates. Just like anything else, if there are very few people in the field, you can typically charge more. Programmers are no different. They know that if you are asking for a request that only a few people can do then they can charge more to complete the task. Secondly, when you do find a developer, you will almost always be stuck with them for quite a while. Just like any other profession, you find some good ones and some bad ones. They might be extremely slow in getting your tasks completed. Unfortunately, where as with PHP you can quickly change developers, other languages you may not be able to do that with.
Information Will Be Secure
In the world of ecommerce, people are already skeptical about buying things online. They are concerned about their information and you know that you will be handling a lot of private information that should never get leaked out to the public. Credit card information, full names, and addresses are just a few things that people want to keep private. Therefore, security of that information is a huge part of having a successful business. Luckily, PHP is always server side scripting. This simply means that PHP handles information away from where others can see it. This is not to say that PHP websites cannot be compromised by hackers. However, it is far less common if the programming side of things is done properly.
PHP is Almost Always Supported
PHP is an extremely popular language. For this reason, almost any web hosting company supports it in at least one of their packages. I have yet to see a web hosting company that charges extra or requires you to buy an expensive package for access to use PHP scripts on your website. Unlike other languages, such as asp, you will be limited to not only which packages you can use, but even companies. Most web hosting companies, in fact, do not even support that language. However, you may find shopping carts on the market that are built in this language. Generally speaking, I think PHP is simply the better choice.