|Shopping Cart SEO.|
seo, asp, 3dcart, 3d cart, shopping cart, shopping cart script.
I'm researching various shopping cart options & my web designer is telling me to stay away from 3dCart. She says 3dCart's programming language is ASP, & the search engines will never find my site simply because it's written in ASP. I've found info that supports her argument & info that says her opinion is flat wrong. Obviously, there are MANY factors that play into SEO. But, the last thing I want to do is spend endless hours (not to mention money) building a site that's SEO-challenged right out of the shoot.
Reasons I'm leaning toward 3dCart:
*Can ship from multiple warehouse locations & charge customer accordingly.
*Ability to add numerous customizing options for each product (size, color, personalized engraving, etc).
*Can handle thousands of products.
*I don't have the budget to pay a programmer to customize open source shopping cart software.
*Relatively affordable monthly fee with no transaction fees.
*Can upload products in bulk from an Excel file.
So... is my web designer correct about ASP?
The language used has nothing to do with SEO.
If 3DCart is bad for SEO, then that's down to the developers of the cart not ASP (I'm not saying it IS bad for SEO, as I know nothing about this particular shopping cart).
Keep in mind you'll be needing Windows server hosting and that custom development costs with ASP technology tends to be higher than PHP.
The scripting language doesn't matter, as the scripts simply output HTML pages to the browser.
However, how those scripts are written, and what exactly is in the HTML that is output, and exactly what URL-space the pages occupy, are all factors in how the site is indexed.
The bad part about 3D is it's third party hosted.
I would suggest you can check for AJ Shopping Cart Software which is SEO friendly.
AJ Shopping Cart? You've GOT to be kidding. It's $1999! Plus, it doesn't have all the features I need. And... It's not even Mac compatible.
Do any of these modules exist for the open source cart systems?
Try the Prestashop.com
I've had wonderful success with X-Cart. Many of the pages are html, which make them more SEO-friendly. The software is totally customizable, but what I like most is working with their customer support team, #*$!ing out our site!