Design and implementation of an online bookstore: The case of University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) Bookshop

Olubukola Oluyemisi Ajiboye, Mufutau Ayobami Asiru and Taiye Emmanuel Ogunlade
Keywords: Design, implementation, online, bookstore, product
Journal of Library Services and Technologies 2022 4(2), 1-21. Published: December 30, 2022


Abstract

This study aimed at developing an online platform where books and other items are made available online for convenience, faster way of checking product details and making purchase online at University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) Bookshop. This addressed the problem of searching for availability and comparing prices of textbooks physically which can be exhausting and time consuming in one’s search for information. The research methodology adopted the use of questionnaire and observation to determine bookshop users’ needs of an online bookstore. The results showed that 80% of the respondents indicated interest in buying books online. Observation was used to gather information about the existing system’s operations particularly on price update of books and collection of new books. The inadequacies of the existing system were improved on by the proposed system. The new system made use of a markup language HTML, PHP (Hypertext Preprocessor; a server-side scripting language) as the main code for the program, CSS framework Bootstrap, CSS (Cascading Style Sheet) MySQL as the database for the system. This project has been able to browse through product categories, use the search option, check product description and price, add to cart and also increase the number of Item, select the delivery method and finally, make payment. It was recommended that further work be done using another web stack such as Nodejs, Mongodb, Ruby on Rails or design a mobile app using hybrid technology.