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Simply, I have a store that takes about 2-3 GB of bandwidth, and I want the new store to cope with about 5X that. I am told that cgi is out, too slow, and what i want is php and mysql.
I want complete flexibility on the page, so I can put 3 variables per product, and even be able to tick a box to add a product. (e.g. tick here to include the free brochure, or matching pen at £10 etc).
Shipping has to be MEGA flexible, ideally calling from a separate file (say txt or csv)that can be adjusted for delivery country and product).
Finally, all pages must be spidered by ALL s/e, so no "?" in the strings, ideally some thing like
Oh, and as I already have 1000's products online, I need to be able to transfer them easily...
I want...I want...I want..cant have? :(
Anyone know if it is possible without going bespoke? If Bespoke, what would it likely cost in the UK? The last cart cost £250 or there abouts, and I thought that was expensive at the time. There is a little more in the pot now, as the shop works, OK, just need it to be better.
Any thoughts, suggestions, advice, would be appreciated. Thanks.
Just for information the company I work for uses MS-SQL, MY-SQL, and even access on customer sites some that we have done seo work on rank very well with ? we always create static linked site maps to all the product pages which get spider no problem.
so my advise would be go bespoke if you want a price on the job sticky me i don't forum barter ;)
I have had good luck with StoreFront [storefront.net]. It comes in Acess or SQL. They have several platforms of the poduct to fit what you need. What you stated they do. The only down side is the shipping/handling. You can configure static shipping or feed off of USPS, UPS or FedEx servers for rates. Item pages can be static or dynamic. You can use a CSV file to import your products also.Down sides that I have found, all I can say is watch out for new releases, Normaly they have around 10 updates per product cycle. Most updates occur during the first few months. Most updates will overwrite any modifications that you make.
Sorry to ramble,
and every time i try to get good rankings with a ? , I am right at the bottom. (Unless there is no competition. Can this be avoided? As i understand it, all pages could be in html?
I like the "how about " pop ups. normally hate pop ups, but they can be controlled for specifics.
Also, It seems to be all microsoft. Microsoft is great on a PC, but i am not the greatest fan on servers. Security is one issue. Will it work on Apache/linux?
Looks a good one, and your feed back is appreciated. An honest assessment is worth so much more than a sales pitch!
For smallish sites the 404 trick comes in handy if it's coded in .asp.
For Apache, mod rewrites do the trick.
Optimizing dynamic sites creates more work but a dynamic site doesn't have to be in the cellar of SERPs.
I have spent the w/e working through all your suggestions, and the programs have developed somewhat since I last looked! Feature Rich! Great!
I am gettting a few people to quote their best installation/adaption.
the biggest issue with all these sites is the ?, and I have to say it surprises me it is not a standard feature.
Once again thanks.
StoreOwner, there has also been code written to eliminate the "?" in Miva. These fixes are generally programmed by individuals for their own use (as was this one), but unfortunately it's not generally known that such a thing is possible because it's not publicly available.
It's a good thing to consider that issue before even starting. I just looked at yet another brand new site that has only the index page in HTML and the rest all long dynamic URLs, which was entirely unnecessary. What seemed like a quicker, easier solution really isn't in the long run.
Zoovy looks good, but i think i am now too far down the road...
May be next update!
(edited by: rcjordan at 7:11 pm (utc) on April 9, 2002)