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12-03-2008, 05:24 AM
Just wondering as I often do...

How difficult is it to build a website like moneysupermarket, kelkoo, or holiday websites where there are loads of different product all compared.

I presume this is an automated process. How does it work with constantly updated deals ect? Is it expensive to prepare? What are the advantages/drawbacks?



12-03-2008, 11:17 AM
Fairly difficult.

Well... once you have the product database it is easy, but compiling a product database and keeping it updated is the difficult part.

12-03-2008, 11:18 AM
... I've done something like it, and understand this, like for instance the walmart database measures in the gigabytes, trying to do a couple dozen merchants was just about breaking mysql, even on a dedicated server.

So, it isn't just programming knowledge, you need infrastructure.

12-07-2008, 02:30 PM
ah well, just wondering.

Gigabytes:eek: oh dear that sounds a bit tedious to trawl through and update.


12-10-2008, 12:03 PM
It has gotten easier though.

Linkshare for instance now has a rudimentary API for accessing merchant data, you don't need to maintain your own database.

Amazon has had one for years.