I have been tasked with putting a store into a ready built site. the site has it's own custom CMS that is used to generate all the site's content (blogs, events etc..).
I intend to set the store base url to be mysite.com/store/ and the rest of the site would live at mysite.com/blogs/ , mysite.com/shows/ etc... as it currently does.
My problem lies in that the site has fixed header bar design which will now contain LOGIN / SIGN UP links as well as a shopping cart icon with the stored number of items in the cart above it (like Amazon). Also, it is not possible for me to utilise the Magento CMS for the rest of the site.
Is there a way to access the cart contents from the same domain (database?) but outside of the Magento install? And even logged in user details?
Is it possible I could store the Cart ID in a $_SESSION variable after a user has added something and access that in the rest of my site, if so, where would I need to do this?
Questions like this seem to hint at hacking the core code, which I would have thought is out of the question.