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My company offers support for any aspect of oscommerce. We have been in buisness for almost as long as osCommerce has been around. We offer anything from support to installations to coding to hosting to anything else that is related to osCommerce. There are few, if any, companies that offer the full service as we do. So if you are looking for any help with your osCommerce shop, you need not look any farther than us.

A common question on the forums is for host recommendations. When looking for a host, you need to have someone you can trust, someone that has been around for more than year or two and, most importantly, someone that actually knows osCommerce. There are a number of hosts that meet the first two conditions but there are very few that meet the last one. There are many posts on the forums where a host told the member to ask on the forums for help with their shop since they do not actually support the package. You will never hear that from us. If something is wrong with your shop, we can fix it. Also, when you move to our hosting, we handle the move for you and make sure the shop is setup correctly once moved. There are very few hosts that offer the service we do.

The main versions of Phoenix are available to the general public via downloads from the main site. But there are versions released before a main version is released that can allow a shop to get fixes and improvements. The problem is that the upgrades are not always clear and easy. We offer upgrades from one sub-version to another  at a very low price. That is usually $50 - $70 but it depends on the individual version since some are more involved than others. Please email me if you would like a quote on an upgrade. Reduced pricing is available for upgrading several versions at once.

A common question on the oscommerce forums is "What SEO addons should I install." What I've noticed is that many of the replies to such posts are from people that don't understand SEO. They are just parroting what they've seen elsewhere. One person actually stated something like, "Everyone I know does it this way..." which, I suppose, is meant to imply that is the correct way. Unfortunately, many times the advice used is that which is offered by the one shouting the loudest, regardless of if that advice is sound or not. So I thought I would put this list together to provide the best SEO recommendations for an oscommerce shop, in my opinion, of course. I do SEO for a living and have had excellent results using these addons.

Here is a list of all SEO addons that I recommend.

Header Tags SEO - For many years, this was the standard that all other meta tags addons were judged against. Currently, it is the only one available. There is a cut-down version of it included in oscommerce versions from 2.3.4 onward but it misses some of the advantages this addon provides. A shop must have meta tag handling capability to do well with on-site SEO. So either use the in-built version or, if you want more control, install this addon.

Google XML Sitemap SEO - Provides off-site site maps that the search engines use. This is not compatible with the SEO 5 url re writer. There is a cut-down addon for that. But if you don't use a re writer or use the Ultimate SEO addon, this is the better choice.

Information Pages SEO - Provides an easy way to create keyword-specific pages from within admin.  This is a very good and proven technique for improving the ranking for a keyword.

Ultimate SEO V2.2d - The original and still the best re writer available for oscommerce. It is not only 100% compatible with all other addons, it provides the best rewritten urls with regards to SEO. The SEO 5 re-writer provides similar urls. Just be sure not to use the option to not show the ID's or your site will rank for things that don't help it.

Sitemap SEO - Provides an on-site site map for your customers as well as the search engines.

All Products SEO - Provides a products site map for both customers and the search engines.

Google Feeder- The only way to get your products listed on googles shopping section. Please note that using this will drive traffic to your site but google charges for this service so you have to weigh the benefits and costs of using it.

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