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Search engine friendly shopping cart
Which one is good?

10+ Year Member

Msg#: 4550 posted 6:41 am on Nov 28, 2005 (gmt 0)


I am in process of building a new ecomm site.

I am aware that there are some readymade shopping carts available in the market that generate the HTML page for each ID.

Can somebody please advice, which are the good ones based on their experience. I remember that I heard of the one whihc used to create "/acatalog" as the default folder but could not find its name evern after researching. If somebody is aware of this, please advice and also comment on it if he has used this..

Thanks in advance.




10+ Year Member

Msg#: 4550 posted 12:40 pm on Nov 30, 2005 (gmt 0)

The system you mention is Actinic.
I use on several sites - my view is - terrific.


10+ Year Member

Msg#: 4550 posted 12:53 pm on Nov 30, 2005 (gmt 0)

I just studied actinic that But I think if the value addition from Actinic is the URL rewriting only, then we can do it ourself on server. We already have our own customised "normal" shopping cart and CMS with "add , modify and delete" features for the products and product categiories. What do you recommend?


10+ Year Member

Msg#: 4550 posted 7:02 pm on Nov 30, 2005 (gmt 0)

i acutally just started making my own static cart program a month ago.. suprisingly, didn't require much work and am almost done.. i mean it would be a totally different story to make one that was a product that other people could use out of the box.. but the basic functionality of generating a static website from a DB was pretty easy, and will give you total control.. if i look back and think of all the time i spend trying to get cart programs to do what i need them to do would be twice as much work as it took to make my own... if you know any scripting languages, it's actually a lot less work then making a traditional cart program that runs live.. i can set mine up as cron job so the site regenerates itself everynight according to what changed in the DB... and unlike most cart programs you can give products and unlimited amount of categories to be in, making much easier shopping for visitors.. but most importantly, when the search engines change, you can change with them without waiting for someone to make some plugin...


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Msg#: 4550 posted 7:36 pm on Nov 30, 2005 (gmt 0)

You might consider using a remotely hosted shopping cart service. Some free (e.g. Mal's) others pay (e.g. AmeriCart). Depending on your needs, you could integrate the remote cart to your own web pages. This way, you have complete control over your optimization efforts. The disadvantage is that you are subjected to their checkout flow which may or may not be to your liking.


5+ Year Member

Msg#: 4550 posted 7:42 pm on Nov 30, 2005 (gmt 0)

Open Source Commerce Shopping Cart (OSCommerce) is all that I use. I've ot 4 site using it, and hae not had issues with SE finding products on the site.

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