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X-cart: Will It Work For Me?
Posted 25 September 2006 - 02:05 PM
Here are our main requirements:
1) SEO-friendly. Out-of-the-box would be great, but as long as any of the major changes can be coded fairly easily we could live with that.
2) Excellent catalog structure that can make use of multiple sub-categories and be customized with a reasonable amount of effort to allow product information pages to be customized for each category. We have a few thousand products, from books to bulk herbs and spices that will need vastly different information based on what category they fall into.
3) Ultimately, the shopping cart will need to interact with our accounting/inventory system (Syspro). From what I've read, this interaction will need to use XML.
4) Longevity. By this, I mean that whatever cart we choose we prefer it be able to grow and be customized as we expand our web presence and is compatible with the latest technology to make that as easy as possible.
I've read through the [url=http://www.highrankings.com/forum/index.php?showforum=65]Shopping Cart Forum[/url] quite a bit, but other than the SEO-friendly requirement I didn't see much on X-Cart. Any input you have on any of these particular concerns, or X-Cart in general, would be greatly appreciated.
Posted 25 September 2006 - 07:54 PM
You may want to visit x-cart.com to check the features in details.
It is certainly seo friendly and you can make further modifications.
You can have as many categories as you want and you can have unique features for each product.
Posted 26 September 2006 - 10:18 AM
Take a look at our new seo friendly product - www.primecart.com - and please consider it. We built it specifically for search engines.
Posted 26 September 2006 - 12:02 PM
Posted 27 September 2006 - 08:12 AM
There are also several folks out there who do special tweaking or add-on modules for x-cart for a fee that are usually quite reasonable if you need something special. I've used a few of them to tweak things or purchased special reporting modules that I wanted. A search on any of the engines for something like x-cart add-on will bring those up for you.
Disclaimer: No, I'm not affiliated with x-cart in any way. I just like their product and the flexibility they've built into it. The robust 3rd party development modules are an extra bonus IMO.
Posted 27 September 2006 - 10:58 AM
Posted 27 September 2006 - 12:09 PM
FWIW, if you use the SE Friendly (read static) URL module in x-cart, it actually creates static pages on the server. So other than the times you are going in to add products or change something and re-publishing the site, no database hits ever occur. No more strain than having a plain only .html site.
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