Diploma in E-Commerce Web Development

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E-Commerce web developers are highly skilled and well paid professionals who make an important contribution to any business they work for. This free online Diploma course will give you a full run through of the essential concepts around e-commerce web development. You will learn how to build an e-commerce website from scratch, using PHP and SQL. So, start the course today and gain valuable web development skills.
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This course introduces you to creating a fully-functioning e-commerce website from scratch, using the PHP programming language. You are introduced to PHP and the Bootstrap framework, and you will learn to publish products online and set up online payment. You are introduced to the Atom Editor, a powerful color-coded interface, that indicates whether code is correctly written. You will learn how drop-down menus are created using classes, ids and anchor tags, how to insert comments in the .php files, how to insert background and product images and how to use CSS, to change the style and color of web page elements.

The course also introduces you to creating an SQL database using phpMyAdmin, and how to create and customize product tables. Crucially, you are shown how to link products in the database with the website, so that updating the 'back-end', updates the website. You will see how to add the Shopping Cart feature to the website and how to configure the database with the payment gateway 'Stripe'.

If you’re interested in web development as a future career, or if you’re an IT professional seeking to improve your programming skills, then this course is the one for you. E-commerce development techniques are essential tasks in many IT departments, so learning how to understand and manage them is an absolute must for any aspiring IT professional. So start this free course today, and by the end of the week you’ll have gained valuable new skills in e-commerce development.

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Learning Outcomes

Having completed this course you will be able to:

  • Explain how to create an e-commerce website from scratch, using PHP and the Bootstrap framework.
  • Display featured products correctly on a web page, using the bootstrap system.
  • Explain how product detail modals are programmed to be dynamic.
  • Describe how the init.php file, is used to connect the website to the database.
  • Explain how SQL variables are written to connect to a database.
  • Explain how the Checkout modal is created and how it connects to the payment gateway.
  • Describe how the 'Update Cart' and 'Add to Cart' functions are written in PHP and jQuery.
  • Describe how to select live or test mode in the Stripe.com website.


All Alison courses are free to enrol, study and complete. To successfully complete this Diploma course and become an Alison Graduate, you need to achieve 80% or higher in each course assessment. Once you have completed this Diploma course, you have the option to acquire official Certification, which is a great way to share your achievement with the world. Your Alison Certification is:

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