dsm1217 - 1:18 pm on Oct 22, 2003 (gmt 0)
I have spen considerable time looking at this specific issue. And the only cart that I found that was actualy search engine frindly by default was shopsite 6. It is way more expensive than any other carts I found at around $1200, but it actually outputs static html, not dynamic with some crappy looking static pages for the spiders but real static catalog pages. That being said, I did not choose it. I made the mistake at first of choosing Miva merchant. It seemed good in at the start of the project, but that soon changed. Absolutly HORRIBLE cutomer service, take my advice and stay away. I setteled on 2 options as I have 2 sites i am working on. One is custom as the developer had a pre-built solution. The other due to time constraints was Edatcat. I have to say edatcat has been great. I like to use dreamweaver mx 2004, edatcat has a extension for dw that makes the intergration of the site and cart very fast and easy. This is the best cart I have found for design ease. You build the cart around your site rather than the site around the cart. It is genereated through your cgi bin and does have variables in the url (though not nearly as many as miva). I am getting around that problem with a little mod-rewrite action on my apache server. Edatcat was about $495, same as x-cart I think which was was second for me behind edatcat. I mostly did not choose x-cart due to the dw extension available for edatcat. I also did not particuarly like the way x-cart handeled product options.