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How to tell what Backed is being used?

Discussion in 'Web Design' started by kahamri, Oct 23, 2011.

  1. kahamri

    kahamri Registered Member

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    When I see something I like, I try to find out what I can about how it operates.
    hxxp://www.tss-radio.com/ ranks #1 in google for Sirius Radio Accessories. I wanted to see how they operate their backend, Wordpress, Zencart, osCommerce or whatever but when I look at the source nothing is giving it away.

    When stores use a custom build, say like this one, how do they tie the website in with whatever backend they are using? I wouldnt say this entire site is a custom build, but do you think it ties to the database that ties to their software they use in house? Without sounding retarded, how do they update the site and keep it current? I would assume there must be some type of something in the back end being used?
     
  2. Zapdos

    Zapdos Power Member

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    Looks to be a custom build. From working with a few ecommerce platforms, I don't know of any that would use /t/ as part of the URL due to SEO. The cookie it sets is also unusual for an opensource product.
    Normally though you can tell by trying to access the admin area at /admin or /administrator . In this case, it redirects to the /login . You could also try accessing /README , /readme.txt , /VERSION , /version.php , /license.txt or /LICENSE . Most new users don't remove the informational files.

    A harder way would be to know what certain platforms look like. Unless major skinning is done, a wordpress site will look like one, a magento site will look like one etc.


    For the updates, they probably do dropshipping and use a feed from their supplier to automatically add new products. Could also have a parser and other scripts to scrape and spin descriptions.
     
  3. kahamri

    kahamri Registered Member

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    Awesome information! Thanks!
    I'll view the source and you can usually see the wordpress or magento coding, even shopify. I saw the /t and had no idea. I have an accessory dealer that will dropship for me, I was planing on doing the same thing.

    Thanks again man
     
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    logoz Newbie

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    wow i really like the way answered of this question, i was searching a similar question and it helped me, thanks guys i am loving this forum.