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    Allan Whittaker

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  1. Hi Jack I communicated with you earlier this year about SEO issues on my Xpressmedia website. I have a hosting contract with TMD. When I asked them about upgrading to version 4 they said they would do it but it appears as if they do not know how and have suggested finding someone more knowlegable. What would you charge to do the upgrade? Regards Allan Whittaker. Please take into account that I am a 71 year old pensioner so do not have a big budget.

  2. oceanlee


    Thanks for your reply Jack, you have obviously looked at the site. On comment one that was me all I did was put what I wanted to rank for in the product box ie and we ranked.That is the only thing we did and i still don't know why we were ranking like that.We were ranking on first page up till 2 years ago when the site went down due to an incompatability with our hosts new server see attachments Cant find the screenshots but will look for them and you will be able to see what i mean I think the logical move is to wait and see V4 and then make a decision based on that. Unfortunately I only renewed a couple of months ago so will have to wait until it comes up for renewal early next year. The one thing I am curious about is that as you can see the site is very plain but at least loads fast, I have never seen any other OS Commerce sites so have no idea what is possible from a design point of view. Could you possibly send me links to some sites. Regards Allan
  3. oceanlee


    Thanks received it will look at it when it comes time for renewal but will start making enquiries now. How do you change from footer to header and would it be possible to have 2 banners on a page?
  4. oceanlee


    Thanks Ashley for your advice when the site was setup the hoster who is a friend of mine knew nothing about seo so the site does not even have any SEO done to it and over time it just suddenly started giving us first page results on google search. We could almost gaurentee it, we could post an advert and sometimes it would appear overnight on first page and often in the first 3 positions. Then when they upgraded the server the site was apparenly no longer compatible and it was down for about 12 months. I looked for someone to host it in South Africa with no success and it was only later that someone suggested overseas and that is when we found TMD. I also wondered if the drop off in rankings had anything to do with the location of the hoster no longer being in SA. Also TMD set up a parallel site when they migrated it which is still up. I get conflicting opinions some people tell me to leave it up as both sites give different first page rankings and others tell me that it could penalise our google rankings the site is located at www.xpressmedia.co.za My major problem is that I know very little about oscommerce other than uploading adverts so have a major learning curve. I am thinking it might be safest for me to wait for version 4. Can you give me the names of local hosters that you could recommend. Also you will see that the site is fairly plain but loads quickly. I have always assumed that that is how oscommerce is but am also beginning to wonder if the appearance of the site can be upgraded, maybe you can suggest some oscommerce sites i can view Whilst I am talking to you a quick question can banners only go at the bottom of the page or can you configure them in other positions Many thanks for your help and advice so far.
  5. oceanlee


    Thanks Jack for your help.I have only recently renewed my hosting but will definately look at your options when it comes to renewing next year. What are your charges for a years hosting. Regards Allan.
  6. TMD have been hosting my website, now into the 2nd year after my original hoster in South Africa let me down after 10 years when they upgraded their server and my site was no longer compatible with the new server?. Have had no problems with them they have solved all my issues which have been very basic as I was dropped in the deep end and at the moment am just muddling along. My biggest problem is that I know very little about OS Commerce I am not sure if I can even get into the Cpanel The site is over 20 years old and at one stage we could gaurentee any posts or adverts would appear on the first page of google search with it often being on the first 3 positions. Since we have got it up and running again this is not happening most of the posts seem to be on the 2 or 3 page. I know that the site has had no optimization of pages because the original hoster knew nothing about this. I need to start learning how to do this although it looks like version 4 is going to be a lot easier. 1 ) How do I get into the Cpanel 2) I need to take baby steps to start optimizing the pages ie meta tags, keywords etc Can anyone give me some guidelines on doing this. Also where can I read up on this pertaining to OS Commerce 3) Is it possible to put videos into an OS Commerce Page. If so how do you do this The site is www.xpressmedia.co.za At least I am trying to make a start and come to grips with OSCOMMERCE. I am hoping that there are people on this forum who can point me in the right direction
  7. HI TO BOTH OLD PETE AND JACK TMD have been hosting my website, now into the 2nd year after my original hoster in South Africa let me down after 10 years when they upgraded their server and my site was no longer compatible with the new server?. Have had no problems with them they have solved all my issues which have been very basic as I was dropped in the deep end and at the moment am just muddling along. My biggest problem is that when you ask about SEO the standard reply is we dont do this find an SEO expert. Do either of you know when version 4 will be released as it seems as if this new version will make OS Commerce newbie friendly
  8. oceanlee

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    Hi I am trying to get hold of Ashley/Hotclutch. I am a newbie from Johannesburg although my site has been up for over 10 years,this is the first time I have posted but have been looking for someone who can give me some advice on OS Commerce in South Africa. As you can see I don't even know how to link to someone on this forum and am hoping you might see this comment. I can be emailed on info@xpressmedia.co.za
  9. Hi Jack i am wondering if you can help or give me some advice. I saw your Header Tags Controller and wondered how difficult it would be for a person who knows nothing about OSCOMMERCE other than to get into the admin area to install it. What is involved?

    The site I am working on is an OS COMMERCE site so is a data based site which needs specific SEO and which you seem to be an expert on. The site has been in existence for over 20 years with no SEO done to it and then all of a sudden for no reason it started ranking our posts on the first page of Google often in the top spot or top 5. We could almost guarantee to rank your ad on the first page.

    Approximately 12-18 months ago our host upgraded his servers and our site was no longer compatible with his server and the site was no longer visible or hosted. About 3 months ago I found hosting company in the USA and we started to set up the site in the exact same format. At this time our SA host managed to get the site live once again but we could not access the admin section and after 10 days our rankings started coming back but not as strong as before. Our SA host then switched the domain across to TMD hosting and the site went live. We are now sitting with 2 identical websites ranking different pages but nowhere near as powerfull as the site was before it was taken down

    I am looking at trying to do some SEO to get our original rankings back but because of the data base configuration you cannot do a lot of the normal SEO you would do with a wordpress site. Most people i talk to confuse oscommerce with an ecommerce site. Please find links below to the 2 sites.

     ORIGINAL SITE           http://www.xpressmedia.co.za/

    SECONDARY SITE      http://xpressme.sg08.tmd.cloud/

    1. oceanlee


      Also are there any tutorials where i can learn the basics of oscommerce

    2. Jack_mcs



      Regarding the installation, from your description I would say it would not be possible for you to install Header Tags. It requires changes to the files. They are too difficult as changes go but do require some experience in editing the code.

      Installing the addon, now named Header Tags SEO, can help with ranking and usually will. But it is a tool and what you get out of it depends on how much you put into setting it up. In other words, if you install it and then walk away it will probably help with ranking. But if you spend time setting things up in it, the chances of it helping increase a great deal. 

      From what you described with your ranking and in looking at your site, I think installing it would help and suggest that you do so. We charge $90 to install it but there is a 10% discount available. Ordering from us has two advantages:

      1 - You get the most recent version of the addon. The version I have here has changes to it that are not in the released version. 

      2 - I offer guidance in its usage. The addon has many options and not setting them correctly can make a big difference in the results.

      Another option is to move to our hosting. If you did that, we would install the addon for free. The advantages of hosting with us is that we specialize in oscommerce. So the problems you mention regarding both of your hosts would not happen with us. We also offer free support to our members for questions on how to use or make changes to their sites. Very few, if any, other hosts do this. 

      As for tutorials, there are none that I know of. There is this page. I'm not sure what version your shops are from looking at them but they are either 2.2 or 2.3. The basic parts of them are the same so most of the files on that page should apply. Of course, if you hosted with us, we would answer the questions about its usage for you. :)

      I hope this answers all of your questions. Please let me know if you have any others.