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 +====== Goals ======
 +  * **Make Pat happy.** ​ She is our customer. ​ "​Whatever the woman wants, God wants."​
 +  * Long range: ​
 +    * give special benefits to dues-paying TIGHAR members;
 +    * sell access to special items (videos?).
 +
 +====== Current system ======
 +  * HTML forms.
 +  * CGI scripts.
 +  * Some data written to a private folder.
 +  * Some data sent via e-mail.
 +  * Pat retrieves info, enters it by hand, confirms transaction,​ maintains lists with Filemanager.
 +
 +^  Advantages ​ ^
 +| Pat understands the system.|
 +| Dreamweaver / HTML forms are simple.|
 +| Lowest dollar cost.|
 +^  Disadvantages ​ ^
 +| Users make entry errors.|
 +| Bots attack the scripts.|
 +| Keying in CC info costs time and energy.|
 +| Not connected to the website; cannot give special access to TIGHAR members or customers.|
 +
 +====== Custom Filemanager System ======
 +===== Total solution =====
 +  * $10,000 for Tammantech.
 +  * Leave forms in HTML.
 +  * Add database management to scripts.
 +  * Connect Filemanager to MySQL to download and update transactions.
 +  * Upgrade credit card account at bank or other credit card clearing agency.
 +
 +^  Advantages ​ ^
 +| Pat can continue to use Dreamweaver and Filemaker.|
 +| Automated CC confirmation between website and agency puts data entry burden on the user, not Pat.|
 +| Simplest learning curve for Pat.|
 +^  Disadvantages ​ ^
 +| $10,000 entry fee.|
 +| No connection to Joomla/​Forum lists and permissions.|
 +| Increased processing costs for CC validation.|
 +| Documentation for source code and user.|
 +
 +===== Simpler solution =====
 +  * Parse e-mail and private data log.
 +  * Update Filemaker semi-automatically.
 +
 +^  Advantages ​ ^
 +| Less than $10,000.|
 +| HTML forms not changed.|
 +| Filemaker lists augmented, not replaced.|
 +^  Disadvantages ​ ^
 +| No online validation.|
 +| No integration with Joomla/​Forum lists.|
 +| The burden remains on Pat to get correct CC info.|
 +
 +====== OpenCart ======
 +  * Open source.
 +  * Standalone component.
 +  * Online validation.
 +  * Parse e-mail and update Filemaker.
 +
 +^  Advantages ​ ^
 +| Essentially free software.|
 +| Lower cost for Tammantech support.|
 +| Documentation and support from other OpenCart users.|
 +^  Disadvantages ​ ^
 +| Pat has to learn the OpenCart inventory/​shopping system.|
 +| No integration with Joomla/​Forum lists.|
 +| Increased processing costs for CC validation.|
 +
 +====== Joomla Component ======
 +===== CBSubs =====
 +
 +  * [[http://​www.joomlapolis.com/​content/​view/​7345/​77/​|Community Builder CBSubs]] (annual fee of 145 € for 5000 users--more than enough).
 +  * Move Filemaker data to Community Builder tables, coping with duplicate entries on startup by administrator judgment (present conflicts, allow admin to choose resolution).
 +
 +^  Advantages ​ ^
 +| Reasonable software cost.|
 +| Integrated list of members for TIGHAR, Joomla, Forum through Community Builder (CB is free and is already installed).|
 +| Online validation of sales.|
 +| Documentation and support from other CBSubs users.|
 +| Marty has some experience [[http://​nsrca.us/​formfunction/​design/​190-database-gameplan.html|with a similar project.]]|
 +^  Disadvantages ​ ^
 +| Learning curve for Pat.|
 +| Everything managed through Joomla interface--no Dreamweaver,​ no Filemaker.|
 +| Marty is the only of us who is comfortable with Joomla.|
 +
 +===== Other Joomla components =====
 +==== Marty'​s KISS Storefront ====
 +  * 90% complete. ​ Of course the last 10% will take more than half the time that the first 90% did. :-(
 +  * Works with PayPal only.
 +  * Online validation; customizable filing of data in MySQL.
 +  * No inventory management.
 +
 +^  Advantages ​ ^
 +| No dollar charge for the component.|
 +| Storefront can be edited with Dreamweaver.|
 +^  Disadvantages ​ ^
 +| Adding items is tricky.|
 +| No user community.|
 +| May be hard for others to understand and maintain.|
 +| 3% or 4% PayPal commission for each transaction.|
 +
 +==== Etc. ====
 +  * [[http://​extensions.joomla.org/​search?​q=shopping+cart|Other Joomla extensions.]]
 +
 +^  Advantages ​ ^
 +| Some are free, open-source software.|
 +^  Disdvantages ​ ^
 +| All have arbitrary decisions made by others.|
 +| Quirks, bugs, limitations ...|
 +
  
 
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