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Posted 05 May 2005 - 06:41 PM
Posted 05 May 2005 - 09:13 PM
OSC and Zencart were both reasonably search engine friendly the last time I checked on them ages ago. There's an old thread around here somewhere regarding some module suggestions for osCommerce. I just tried to find it and couldn't, but I think the consensus was that there were three modules recommended to make it both really user-friendly as well as search engine friendly.
Hopefully someone who remembers that post better and/or someone with more recent experience with your three cart choices will chime in.
Posted 06 May 2005 - 02:15 AM
BTW if INM Zencart is a fork of oscommerce.
Posted 06 May 2005 - 05:19 AM
Although I can't personally answer your question, I thought I'd reply to this post. I'm looking for something along the same lines, but preferably from a box as I'm not keen on programming. I've made a wish list of what an ecommerce solution should do for me. Maybe someone can reply with their findings.
* must create static pages with names that i can optimise for the search engines (I don't have an apache server)
* access for client to upload new products / prices, preferably with different authorisation levels
* froogle export
* .xls or .cvs import function
* no frames, good ujncluttered source code
* developer version so I can build multiple stores on 1 licence.
I'm willing to pay up to £1500 ($2500-$3000) for this. Any suggestions, or am I to demanding?
Posted 06 May 2005 - 05:41 AM
Posted 06 May 2005 - 06:00 AM
First live site went up last september does well in Yahoo and MSN, but still waiting in Googlivion. Hopefully an established site will be using it in the next 2 months. The client is testing the admin interface currently.
Has most things in it apart from the static pages. Mainly because provided querystring are kept sensible there is no issue with crawlers and filenames are of such limited benefit it is a lot of wasted effort and server resources.
and the froogle feed is on the todo list.
Posted 06 May 2005 - 09:37 AM
Posted 06 May 2005 - 09:38 AM
Thanks for the posts so far!
Posted 06 May 2005 - 10:30 AM
I agree with everything said above. Especially the bit Chris mentioned about carts being built by programmers for programmers.
Grumpus was also building a cart some time back too. No clue if he's still working on that or if it's finished and available. Knowing how Stock does things I would expect that one to be 100% search engine friendly out of the box, so hopefully he'll stop by as well. I know he's looked at a lot of these carts over the years.
Posted 10 May 2005 - 08:29 AM
As an (internet) marketer I feel there's a real need for a GREAT ecommerce solution. I've found there's always something lacking.
I strongly feel that to make a store really work, you need to step away from the standard template and create something that actually encourages people to buy something. 99% of online stores are soooo boring and don't offer any customer experience whatsoever. Imagine what would happen if highstreet shops looked like the online ones...
And then there's the whole SEO thing...
I couldn't agree more that most ecomm solutions are built by programmers for programmers, instead of marketers for customers....
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Edited by Jill, 10 May 2005 - 08:34 AM.
Posted 10 May 2005 - 08:57 AM
Your best ally is a good programmer, as they can take your suggestions and work those into a good program. The downside is that you will also need a good HTML person to make it look pretty. I've got a programmer that makes incredible CMS and Ecommerce applications with all of the SEO "stuff" I need, and he can do it in either in .Net or PHP. The downside is the sticker shock on the price tag. Some think it's reasonable, some have a heart attack.
It can be done in-house, but it takes good coordination between someone who can design an intuitive interface to solid programming in order to make it work for the end user.
Posted 10 May 2005 - 09:38 AM
How important do you think this is?
Oh, and about your PHP / .NET programmer comment: Can you give us an indication of the price tag?
Posted 10 May 2005 - 09:55 AM
Posted 10 May 2005 - 10:08 AM
This sounds like the type of thing that may be a good fit to that line of thinking. What would you guys think of a seal of approval or something similar being made available to e-commerce packages that had passed stringent testing from a search engine friendly standpoint?
Then, in theory, all you would need to do is look for the little logo and you would know it was SEO friendly. Knowing that, you could then focus on things like price, performance, useability, etc.
Would there be any interest in this? If so, what things would you feel an ecommerce package should provide in order to qualify?
* Ability to generate static URLS
* Ability to generate custom title, metadata and other header information
I know there is more, but I'll start with that. Anyone else? Remember, we are talking about SEO friendly - not just general e-comm shopping cart stuff.
Posted 10 May 2005 - 11:01 AM
I was going to suggest that the organization try to get discounts for members on approved shopping cart systems, but then I had second thoughts, thinking that some might come to view the seal of approval as nothing more than a trade for the discount.
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