|SEO Friendly shopping carts|
Looking for SEO-friendly shopping cart
I have an old ecommerce site that needs a new shopping cart solution. I must have customizable title tags for each product; and I'd love to have product urls that are seo friendly also. Finally, I have a blog on my current ecommerce site that is super important to the site. The url is www.bluewidgets.com/blog and it has to remain this way on the new shopping cart. I started having a new site built in a hosted shopping cart, but it turned out they could not host the blog in the way I needed. (It would have been www.bluewidgets.com/v/blog. Well, that's no good! With tons of links to my blog, I'm not going to 301 it.
Finally, this is not a big money site, so I can't spends zillions.
Any ideas welcome,
Ecommerce templates have the option of static pages, and you can alter title and meta tags.
depends on how many products you have. If you simply have a couple dozen products or so, you can go with a form based cart, which will allow you to edit the product pages just like any other page on your site. If you have 100's or 1000's of products, get ready to shell out more cash or a steep learning curve for integration and customization to fit your needs.
I have hundreds of products, with more planned. I think my designer has found a cart that can do it.
Magento is a pretty cool free open source platform - not sure if that meets your technical requirements but it is SEO friendly.
We like ableCommerce, it needs some modding so a decent knowledge of ASP or ColdFusion is neccessary to make it SE friendly.
We have two very high flying ecommerce sites based on it and whilst it takes some work to get it flat enough for Ses the backend control more than makes up for it.
Another great shopping cart that focuses on search engine optimization is SEO-Cart. It is pretty cost effective and you can use a 100% custom website template if you want.
It is a hosted solution but you can install blog software or whatever to your own FTP account.
Hope this helps you.
[edited by: engine at 8:22 am (utc) on May 16, 2008]
[edit reason] WebmasterWorld TOS [/edit]
I like CS-Cart. Very SEO friendly (you can create the filename, title tag and metatags for each product and category), uses few tables, and is completely template driven, so your designer can easily modify the look. It has a bit of a learning curve, but then most complex shopping carts do.