E-commerce site in seven days

Hamilton-based website developer Xoren Internet Solutions claims a 'record' in setting up an e-commerce website within a week.

Hamilton-based website developer Xoren Internet Solutions claims a “record” in setting up an e-commerce website within a week.

The site is for Cambridge events photographer Michael Jeans, who says online orders for photos are now "flooding in".

Xoren senior developer Reuben Jackson says the requirements were given to him on Friday March 23, the site was finished on Tuesday, a few "touches" were then made and “a few bugs were ironed out”, before the first sale arose.

The website was made using Java Server Pages and WorldPay credit processing services.

Jackson says Jeans provided graphical templates and Xoren created the functionality, adding the shopping cart and payment facility.

Jackson says a month might be a typical time for creation of such a site.

The website lets users buy recent photos, plus others taken by Jeans over 15 years.

Despite appearances, Jackson says no database was used in development, but rather the multilevel tree structure of a standard file system.

Secure FTP allowed bulk upload and categorising large quantities of photos quickly. Standard Java/JSP produced the shopping cart.

WorldPay handles payment, with credit card payments automatically transferred to their secure server instead of the trader. WorldPay then issues receipts to the buyer and the trader. Alternatively, people can pay by cheque and printed order forms.

The website also offers a virtual postcard service and keeps private photos private.

Jeans says he has been moving to online sales for events photography since setting up a "brochureware" website in 1999.

Events, like rowing championships, increasingly require immediate sales and website allows this.

Jeans says Jackson had the site working within 48 hours.

"It is very elegant and easy to use," he says.

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