Background: I've been asked to review a site for a client who has just purchased another business. The old site needs to have a total rebuild, but some of the combinations make me wonder about which technologies were used. This one is digging back to 2004.

I don't have access to the files yet, but the pages are are .asp. The structure of the directories is /shop, /shop/shopper_lookup.asp, /shop/products.asp, etc. . Does that ring a bell with anyone?

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    Are you trying to work out what was used to build it e.g. a CMS or shopping cart? If it is .asp and dates back to 2004 I suggest it was custom built.
    – Steve
    Mar 15, 2017 at 22:56
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    It can't be very popular, only a couple sites have /shop/shopper_lookup.asp in their URLs Mar 16, 2017 at 1:48
  • Something in the back of my head says that I have seen this structure before, but I can't pull up what the circumstances or the site were. But the fact that I had seen that directory structure made me consider whether it was some kind of early CMS or shopping cart. So, I thought I would ask in case the new business owner can dig up the original. There may be some images stored that we need to find. Mar 16, 2017 at 23:17

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Based on Stephen Ostermiller's research I looked at one of the sites and note that at the bottom of the source code it says

<!-- Web Site Created with Microsoft Site Server Commerce Edition 3.0 Site Builder Wizard -->

But neither have matching URLS for registering, but it is something to investigate.

  • Oh snap! I used to write code for this years and years ago. What a piece of dog squeeze! Far more work than necessary. I would bang something solid out in 1 or 2 weeks using PERL and it would take months using site server. Run away. Do not walk. Run! ;-) BT rejected it for their commercial e-commerce product and found it far more efficient to write something from scratch using Oracle, Java, JavaScript, etc. We had lots of resources and found that Site Server was a waste of time.
    – closetnoc
    Mar 16, 2017 at 2:46
  • Jackpot! Also using Stephen Ostermiller's research, one of the sites uses not only the same file structure but the same visual template: designermoulding.com. And, both the site linked here and the site I have in question are in the building construction industry. This is like shaking the haystack and having two needles drop out at your feet. I bet there are more of them. Mar 16, 2017 at 23:23

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