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Ongoing problems with URL Rewriting

The problems with indexing my site - a possible solution.



4:14 pm on Jul 9, 2003 (gmt 0)

10+ Year Member

Hello People.

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I have a site that is sitting on the Intershop 4.03 platform.

We have been working on the site and have removed most of the issues associated with, bad crawlability
of a dynamnic site;

Removed frames;removed the cgi-bin from the URL, removed the session id in the url and included a site map with a list of all the DSE links (direct store entry links, i.e direct links to individual products, with out session id's in the urls, no CGI-bin in the url)

As you all know, Intershop is a e-commerece solution used by more than 20 000+ people around the web, and this is an ongoing problem, that has not been solved, in the 5 or so years intershop has been running;

Here is how the site and its re-directs work at the moment..

And what we have done so far in attempting to resolve this world wide problem;

Previously the site would behave as follows;

www.domain.com - >asp redirect to: >


when you clicked on a product, the link looked like the following;

http //store.domain.com/cgi-bin/company.storefront/12321esqdJHKJHSKJH2312j3hk1j2h3kj1he2jk1dkjn1d1/product/diamonds/2034

The session ID is automatically generated by the IIS webserver.

The site was also originally in frames, these have been removed.
it now behaves like this;

www.domain.com --> asp redirect to


If you wandering what the customer.storefront is; it is a server side mapping; to a DLL file, that proccees information from the SQL database; apon, entering of parameters after the file;

for example to call up a product;


this bit >::: producttemplate/23445 <-- parameters.

Now here is the problem;

The front page of the site, is indexed and is performing REALLY well,on ALL major search engines, some time achiving top, page one results.

However, all the links on this; "front page" are DSE or direct store entries; meaning they link directly to the products or category pages; and contain no session ids or any thing odd like that.

look like this: www.domain.com/customer.storefront/EN/category/3344

The front page is being cached and spidered by google, but all the other pages are being ignored!

That go off this main page.

I think it is something to do with this server mapping? perhaps


The customer.storefront bit, could that be stopping google from
getting in to the pages?

Please take into account, that this is a dynmically generated site(you
know this i am sure); the code each template page is stored in a sql database and so individual pages dont actually physically exist...

If I arrange to have an isapi or MOD rewrite filter installed, on the IIS server;

that changes the URLS; to something more friendly like;


into >: www.domain.com/default.asp

and any product page from:




Any ideas....


[edited by: pageoneresults at 5:02 pm (utc) on July 9, 2003]
[edit reason] Delinked Examples - No Specifics Please [/edit]


6:15 pm on Jul 10, 2003 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member

I suspect the SEs interpert the "customer" portion of the the URL as a file name and "storefront" as an unrecognized extension. Since they can't identify a file type from the extension, they don't index the page.

We know they will index this URL. Make yours similar.

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