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For Seo Pros: What Cart Do You Prefer?
Posted 27 December 2005 - 08:55 PM
Can anybody recommend any other carts that are in the same class as Actinic? They must be as search engine friendly as possible (URLs, page structure, standards compliant, etc.).
As far as price range goes, anything under $2000 I am willing to consider.
This is a post for SEO professionals. Let's say that I want your services. If I have not developed my website at all, which shopping cart would you like me to use? Which shopping cart would make your SEO work the easiest?
If I choose CART A and in order to alter the title tags, you have to spend 12 hours modifying the code, then your services will cost me A LOT more money. Which cart would make your job easier, thus saving me money?
[Merged these two posts on very similar topics - Jill]
Posted 28 December 2005 - 07:25 AM
Posted 28 December 2005 - 07:36 AM
Posted 28 December 2005 - 08:37 AM
And that's why I custom coded ours. No long query strings in our URLs, ever.
Posted 28 December 2005 - 09:18 AM
Posted 28 December 2005 - 11:15 AM
A major plus in my book is that there is a fairly robust 3rd party development community who have created or will custom-create add on modules that will make the data positively dance if you want to do something special on the reporting side of things.
Posted 28 December 2005 - 12:13 PM
The only time the shopping cart (and attendant security and tracking) kicks in is when the visitor is finished browsing and has decided to make a purchase, at which point I consider it none of a search engine's business what the visitor is seeing (like their address/credit card info, etc).
It would be great to have an all-in-one package, but sometimes I think people are trying to use a hammer to do a screwdrivers job, which is why you see so many custom designed "screwhammers" being made...
<old mans voice>In my day, we handed out catalogues that everyone could look at, and then when someone wanted to order, they did so in private, with no one watching them. Young whippersnappers today tryin' to do everything all at once.. why, back in the day when I had to fix the webserver it was 10 miles to the server room, barefoot in the winter, uphill both ways...mumble, mumble </old mans voice>
Posted 28 December 2005 - 01:10 PM
From an SEO perspective, I can understand how it would be beneficial if the cart doesn't kick in until a customer decides to purchase (as mcanerin stated), but the CMS aspect of shopping carts makes managing the site much easier (eg. adding products, managing products, setting prices, customer management, creating categories, etc.)
I want all of these management benefits and that's why I want a shopping cart.
Let me rephrase the question. As SEO professionals, which shopping carts have you SEO'd and which ones were the easiest or hardest to get good results.
Randy, thank you for the X-Cart recommendation. That was on my list of possibilities.
Edited by gannawdm, 28 December 2005 - 01:26 PM.
Posted 28 December 2005 - 01:41 PM
Posted 28 December 2005 - 02:19 PM
Posted 29 December 2005 - 09:35 AM
Sounds like that's what you should do then!
Posted 29 December 2005 - 06:06 PM
Posted 29 December 2005 - 06:10 PM
Posted 29 December 2005 - 07:24 PM
I've only had to use their customer service twice, but they answered promptly and were able to give me the info I needed.
Hope this helps! Let us know which cart you decide to go with.
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