DESIGN AND IMPLEMENTATION OF AN ECOMMERCE WEBSITE SYSTEM

Diploma

ABSTRACT

The business-to- consumer aspect of an ecommerce is the most visible business use of the World Wide Web. The primary goal of an ecommerce site is to sell goods and services online. This project deals with developing an e- commerce website for online shopping. It provides the user with a catalogue of different goods and services available for purchase in the store. In order to facilitate online purchase a shopping cart is provided to the user. The system is implemented using a 3- tier approach, with a backend database, a middle tier of Microsoft Internet Information Services (MIIS) and PHP, and a web browser as the front end client. In order to develop an e- commerce website for online shopping, a number of Technologies must be studied and understood. These include multi- tiered architecture, server and client side scripting techniques, implementation technologies such as jQuery, programming language (such as html, PHP), relational databases (such as MySQL). This is a project with the objective to develop a basic website where a consumer is provided with a shopping cart application and also to know about the technologies used to develop such an application. This document will discuss each of the underlying technologies to create and implement an e-commerce website for online shopping.

INTRODUCTION

 

We have brought about the growing developments in the field of information and communication noticeable change in international trade structure, and led to the emergence of a new type of trade called the Electronic commerce or e-commerce term, which was characterized by a set of characteristics that distinguished it from traditional commerce, where that e-commerce, refers to economic activity that occurs online [Niranjanamurthy M 1 , Kavyashree N 2 (2013)]. It also pertains to any form of business transaction in which the parties interact electronically rather than by physical exchanges or direct physical contact. E-commerce is usually associated with buying and selling over the Internet, or conducting any transaction involving the transfer of ownership or rights to use goods or services through a computer-mediated network. Though popular, this definition is not comprehensive enough to capture recent developments in this new and revolutionary business phenomenon. A more complete definition is E-commerce is the use of electronic communications and digital information processing technology in business transactions to create, transform, and redefine relationships for value creation between or among organizations, and between organizations and individuals[Anjali Gupta, 2014].

 

Security is one of the principal and continuing concerns that restrict customers and organizations engaging with e-commerce [Mohanad Halaweh, Christine Fidler, 2008]. Web e-commerce applications that handle payments (online banking, electronic transactions or using debit cards, credit cards, PayPal or other tokens) have more compliance issues, are at increased risk from being targeted than other websites and there are greater consequences if there is data loss or alteration [Niranjanamurthy M, DR. Dharmendra Chahar,, 2013].

The distinctive feature of this system is providing a convenient, low cost, website packages for entrepreneurs to expand their businesses. Further, with this approach of e-business, it is possible promote online trading and extend the limit of instant website services, making possible to be a center of online market in Nigeria.

STATEMENT OF PROBLEM

Sales is the fundamental tools in any business organization the profit and loose of any business depends detailed information on sales made to aid decision making and implementations, if accountability is not checked, then the business is sure to collapse, as a result in any retail or hospitality business there is need for a system that gives feedback to the management to aid decision making, this is where point of sales systems comes in handy. Below are some of the challenges involved?

i.                    A customer might want to buy some things were there is no enough cash with them that can buy such good or service.

ii.                  All Currency is made of Papers and nylon and the lifetime of them is very less that it easily getting damaged, thus resulting in loss of such currency.

iii.                Lack of appropriate stock taken.

iv.                Lack of proximity and available products at the customer’s geographical area.

v.                  Manual system needs more manpower for its functioning than automated system. Expenditure is high in terms of salary and time.

vi.                The other limitation of the existing system is that there is no security, considering someone who wants to buy a car with small denomination of currency.

vii.              It creates redundancy in the casher’s table, since each customer be issued receipt and each receipts issued to customer have a duplicate attached to it behind.

AIM AND OBJECTIVES OF THE STUDY

Aim of study is

To design an ecommerce System to ascertain stock level of a business, when to order for more goods, keep status and updates of transactions, thereby helping progress level, stock taking and managerial decisions,.

The objective are 

1. To study the functions of ecommerce system.

2. To explore the challenges being faced by the manual system.

3. To make a web portal fast in processing, with good user interface.

4. To ensure accurate statistics of product item.

5.  For Easy record of goods in store and proper identification.

6. To boost business and sales of goods and services.