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Should I switch from Zoovy to OS Commerce?

9:28 am on Dec 14, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I am currently a customer of Zoovy.com and have maintained several ecommerce websites with them. I am getting tired of paying them more than $300 per month and am considering a cheaper option such as os commerce.

My main concern is that if I switch over away from zoovy, my websites ranking will go down since it is currently hosted on zoovy's servers. Is this true? and is there a way around this? Also what other issues are important in switching from zoovy to os commerce?

2:28 pm on Dec 16, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Hello chindofoo,

1. About rankings: usually, one can avoid/minimize rankings decrease by implementing "301 Moved Permanently" on the whole website or for every page of that. Since Zoovy is a hosted cart, that probably will not be possible -- but you should check.

Optionally, you can move your entire domain to your new OsCommerce hosting, and create products/listings pages there that would imitate old pages you had on Zoovy. then redirect each of this page to your new corresponding OsCommerce product/listings page.

On Apache, you can achieve that with .htaccess files.

2. OsCommerce is not exactly a pot of honey. It's crappy, and it's hard to customize. The only value I see is that it's free, and has a lot of add-ons. If you leave that with its default awful design, that will scare away 90% of your potential customers.

Surely, you can start with that if you're a programmer, otherwise you have to hire a PHP programmer. Might cost more than you pay for Zoovy, with unpredictable results.

My suggestion would be to start an alternative OsCommerce store (if you decide) before moving away from Zoovy, then if you're satisfied with that, move your Zoovy domain to your new hosting and implement redirect for every product/listing/content page you have.

That won't guarantee you avoid rangings drop, but should minimize that.

Hope that helps!

5:08 pm on Dec 16, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Morgenhund makes some great points. I came to a similar conclusion when looking into osCommerce and other similar free cart solutions. I found by the time I added and tweaked all the add-ons, the time invested (and headaches) was quite extensive, and I was money ahead in paying for cart software.
8:22 am on Dec 17, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Thanks for all the great advice.

Morgenhund, you said that "one can avoid/minimize rankings decrease by implementing "301 Moved Permanently" on the whole website"

I dont understand how this would prevent a rankings decrease if I implement this "301 moved permanently" on the websites I have currently on zoovy. Dont you mean implement it on the new os commerce hosted domain?


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