Posted on 2004-09-16
I need to build an online configurator that will allow users to choose various components, and the number of each required, and then display a total price for the chosen configuration. When they are happy with the configuration and price they will be able to click a button that will send the details via email so the lead can be followed up.
In all there are 10 components (they can choose any combination) each with a fixed price that will remain static. The site will need to be able to take, potentially, thousands of hits per day.
My question is simply what is the best way of building this. Previously I built sites using asp and vbscript using Access as a db.
Because there are only 10 components and 10 prices would the best way to be to store the prices as vbscript constants rather than storing them in a back end db and then let vbscript do the sums?
Also it would be useful to store each configuration that the users try and of course their details should they want more information. I imagine Access wouldn’t be up to the job if there is a lot of traffic.
Any help/advice gratefully received.