Django E-commerce Tutorial Series

Learn Python and the Django Framework by building a e-commerce website

The Django E-commerce project is an open-source initiative and tutorial series. Learn from a beginner level how to build an e-commerce website.

Aims of this course

The aims of this course is to:

  • learn the Django framework
  • learn how to build, test and deploy a Django application

Course Introduction

The Django E-commerce Tutorial Series is designed for students who wants to learn the Django Framework by building an e-commerce application. This course is a great way to start learning Python and the Django Framework. We start from a beginners level slowly moving into more advanced topics. I have tried to design this course to be modular so that you could also focus in on particular subjects, tutorials or aspects of Django should you prefer this mode of learning.

On this course you will be taught a wide range of skills, here are a few topics that we will be learning:

  • Django URLs, models, views
  • Django Templating
  • Introduction to Unittest
  • Testing with Pytest
  • Working with Django and Docker
  • Deploying Django Applications


The tutorials, found here on our YouTube channel take you through the steps of developing an e-commerce application with Python Django, predominately deploying the Django template system.


  • Install Python onto your PC/Laptop
  • Optional - Visual Studio Code Editor
  • Tutorials use Windows OS (you can use other OS but it might require additional steps not detailed in the tutorials)

Who is this course for

This course tries to cater for many types of learners:

  • new developers,
  • not so new developers,
  • degree students,
  • Everyone else who is looking to learn Django

Course Content

Part-1 Building models, views and testing
This first tutorial is most definitely aimed at Django beginners where we cover the basics of developing Django views, URLS, models and get started with testing our application. By the end of this tutorial you will have a working product catalogue which will form the basis of our e-commerce application.

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Part-2 Build an e-commerce basket with session handling
In this tutorial we go through the process of building a shopping basket using sessions to handle managing data anonymous connections, saving products into a shopping cart in preparation to be purchased. We implement Ajax to handle the front-end and work through stage by stage the functionality needed to save, update and delete the basket data.

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Part-3 Build a user, payment and order management system
In this tutorial we go through the process of building the user functions needed to allow users to login and manage their account. We then work through building a payment system using stripe and finally create an ordering backend to capture the customer orders.

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Part-4 Refactoring the E-commerce Store Templates
In this tutorial we go through the process of refactoring the templates in our project.

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Part-5 Multi-Product Types Database Implementation
In this tutorial we go through the process of developing a database for multiple products with multiple attributes.

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Part-6 Managing multiple addresses CRUD and UUID
In this tutorial we go through the process of further normalizing the accounts table to allow users to save more than one address. We build in Django a new address table and then start to update the UI in the dashboard, finally we work through a simple CRUD feature with Django views.

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Part-7 E-commerce Customer Wish List
In this tutorial we go through the process of building a purely Django user wish list to allow users to create a list of favorite products.

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Part-8 PayPal Integration
In this tutorial we go through the first steps of integrating PayPal into our e-commerce store.

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Part-9 Refactor Folder Structure & Pytest Introduction
In this Django tutorial we discuss Django folder structures and prepare our application ready for scaling further. We prepare the app for the next step of testing, installing Pytest and I take you through the first steps of working with Pytest to test your application.

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Part-10 Pytest Testing 1
In this Django tutorial we start to test with Pytest, Factory Boy the apps we have build previously.

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Community Driven Content

I activity try and promote feedback to taylor courses to your needs and wishes. Here is a list of features requested by community. If you would like to request any other feature not listed here - please visit our YouTube channel and make a comment.

Next Planned Tutorials

  • Tests for whole system

Introduction Phase Suggestions

  • Create Data fixtures (if possible community support for multiple languages)
  • Setup or custom commands for project initial setup
  • Documentation - Class Diagrams and Sequence Diagrams
  • Basic/different search techniques
  • Product Tags/Search
  • Email payment confirmation and PDF receipts
  • Product filter searching
  • Rating / Feedback
  • Coupon System

Intermediate Level Suggestions

  • Internationalization
  • Change to CBV (or not - up to you)
  • PostgreSQL (via Docker)
  • Custom admin views and management tasks
  • Managing sales or season sales
  • Store locator to your project
  • Email list + bulk emailing
  • Notifications
  • Request quotations for bulk orders

Advanced Level Suggestions

  • Haystack / Elasticsearch
  • User Recommendations/Recommender systems
  • Cache
  • Live Chat - Help/Support (Channels)
  • Processing / working with images (compression etc)
  • Generating product statistics
  • Allow users to sell products

Deployment Suggestions

  • Docker deployment configuration
  • Heroku deployment
  • Digital Ocean deployment