I am trying to develop a catalog of a series of computer products on a friend's web sites. What cgi script should I use to create a catalog with categories like printers, scanners, laptop, etc.?
Is there any possiblity that I can include photo with the product info?
There's no simple answer to your question, petertan (at least none that I'm aware of). It definitely sounds like a database-driven solution would be the way to go.
What restrictions are there on the server this site has to run on? Is your friend hosting the site him or herself? If not, will the Web host support PHP/MySQL or ASP/SQL (two of the most commonly-supported script/database combinations)?
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You could try looking through the Cgi Resources site (http://www.cgi-resources.com), they have a lot of scripts there, you probably could find one that suits your needs.
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[This message has been edited by Sahti (edited May 22, 2000).]