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E-commerce solution with GOOD SEO & DreamWeaver-compatible templates?
Simple, simple, simple, editable in DW, also simple. And CLEAN URL's.
alexnero




msg:3618499
 8:39 pm on Apr 3, 2008 (gmt 0)

Hi, all.

Hoping for some advice on selecting a simple e-commerce solution that is SEO friendly and lets me change pages in DreamWeaver with relative ease.

Will need to display about 100 products, using clean URL's, have a single-page checkout, and carry over the "look & feel" of an existing site (so it doesn't look like the new site was built from a template).
Don't want to require customers to login (our products are mostly once-in-a-lifetime-purchase type).

Tried ZenCart and OSCommerce. Although impressive feature-wise, the URL structure sucks. Our current site has very clean URL's: http://www.example.com/widget-type/Model-widget.html, and I'd like to keep it that way (1 level deep, no URL vars).

Also, keeping track of all the variables in Zen/OSC is too much of a headache, making editing in DW almost impossible. Basically, you're stuck using both the admin interface AND an external editor, unless you feel like making a "cheat sheet" with 100+ vars and where they affect things.

So, can anyone recommend an ecommerce package that can be heavily customized layout-wise, has a manageable variable pool (not spread out over dozens of files), and whose template code can be edited in DreamWeaver?

Been reviewing previous ecom posts, but only getting more confused about the choices out there (Joomla? X-Cart? ShopSite? VirtueMart? LiteCommerce? Magento? GoEcart? Volusion? whew!).

 

PowerUp




msg:3622749
 3:54 pm on Apr 9, 2008 (gmt 0)

*bump*

I'd like to know the answers to this OP as well.

T_Miller




msg:3623150
 11:04 pm on Apr 9, 2008 (gmt 0)

We've been happy with Ecommerce Templates (ECT)...
I use the DreamWeaver PHP version. They also offer a "generic" version where you plug four include lines into your own site template.

They have some SEO features that may fit your bill.
All my categories are done using their Static Page feature.
Product pages only have the one varable for the product ID.
I also use their Dynamic Page Titles "tweak"...

No problems at all with SEO.

BTW, I use Joomla for my content sites. Joomla is a Content Management System (CMS). No ecommerce features built-in. Virturemart works with Joomla but seems get broken every time Jooomla updates the code.

Baxtersoup




msg:3647281
 1:41 pm on May 11, 2008 (gmt 0)

I've moved away from osCommerce and it's other feature rich flavours - Zen and CRE Loaded onto X-Cart. Can't recommend it more - especially for UK VAT support. It can be customised very highly and is (IMHO) considerably more stable that creloaded or osc. cdseo url's creates a nice, tidy, customisable url like www.domain.com/product/product-1.html. the only problem is that's it's not as cheap as cre loaded and lacks product filtering features.

i'd definately add x-cart to a list of quality shopping carts.

[edited by: Baxtersoup at 1:47 pm (utc) on May 11, 2008]

[edited by: lorax at 3:42 pm (utc) on May 11, 2008]

dickbaker




msg:3647535
 10:30 pm on May 11, 2008 (gmt 0)

I've also been using Ecommerce Templates. As was mentioned, you simply add four include files to the cart.asp page, the product pages, the thank-you page, the categories pages, and the product detail pages.

The forms can be customized so that the colors match your site. Out of the box the forms are neutral gray.

Checkout doesn't require a login, but there's several pages in the process. When the user hits the Buy button, there's a page that comes up that says "please wait while we add your item to your cart." The next page shows the items in the cart. When the user hits the Checkout button, he's taken to a page for shipping information. After he fills that out, he's taken to a page for credit card info. After he submits the credit card information, he gets a thank-you page.

ispy




msg:3647603
 2:32 am on May 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

Templates suc.

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