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Is SEO a joke with OSCommerce?

Nick Diesel

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I am currently using OSCommerce for my website platform. We are considering switching to Magento but want to see if we can do what we need to do with what we already have.


Below is an example of URL’s of the exact same product; one from my website one from my competitor. Notice how they have product info in they’re URL but mine is just letters and numbers. Is there anyway to change URL’s?


Competitor’s website:



My website:


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And here is my website url: http://localhost/stores/classic-espresso-p-84.html


Before wondering what is a joke or not I would take a look at addons searching for SEO url's, there are more than one

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Here is my OSCommerce product title url on a test site:




That's from an unmodified install with a single contribution, http://www.oscommerce.com/community/contributions,2823/


And that is without touching the .htaccess file.


How about spending five minutes researching the issue, on this forum even, before making knee-jerk statements? In fact look just down the page from where you posted and read this:




Hey, and good luck with Magento. I hope you got a team of folks who are familiar with the type of php and xml that it's written in. And a dedicated server tuned to Magento's quirks, 'cause to get Magento to run even half as snappy as OSCommerce, you'll need it.


Magento has over 6,000 files, a really deep file structure, and a database that weighs in empty at 20 mb ( that 15 times bigger than the OSCommerce empty database) and 200 tables and who knows how many fields. And with all that, you can't do something as simple as delete an order from the admin in Magento. Try it- Install a Magento cart, add a test or a real order, go to the admin and try to then delete that order. Have fun.

Oscommerce site:



OSC to CSS, http://addons.oscommerce.com/info/7263 -Mail Manager, http://addons.oscommerce.com/info/8120

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switching to Magento



Have u looked at the costs (hidden & otherwise) and the big increase in complexity for mods. Can you afford the server u would need?



Remember, What you think I ment may not be what I thought I ment when I said it.




Auto Backup your Database, Easy way


Multi Images with Fancy Pop-ups, Easy way


Products in columns with multi buy etc etc


Disable any Category or Product, Easy way


Secure & Improve your account pages et al.

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