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Addon pitfalls - What do I start with and what's the order of installation - SEO recommendations

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New to osCommerce, but let me start by saying thank God I found it. I tried to work with Magento, but wow what a PITA. Simple Scripted osCommerce and wow, this sure is a ton easier to customize.

 

So, I got my store online. Google checkout only, a free stretchy theme, STS, Lightbox, got some items entered and set the fonts and colors. I then stumbled across Ultimate SEO URL's. Backed everything up then loaded it up. It certainly does a great job of killing the install. Not a surprise as the install instructions clearly indicate that you should install on a clean sterile install. Just thought I'd give it a try...

 

So here are my questions;

 

Is there a thread on "what everybody should know and have" in an osCommerce store.

 

Are there any other "can't live without" addons that I should load before I configure the store?

 

What addon's should I be considering for SEO?

 

Is STS the way to go?

 

Here's my plan of attack and does the installation order matter?

 

1. Ultimate SEO URL's

2. Load stretchy theme

3. STS

4. Transparent Gifs

5. Lightbox

6. GoogleCheckout

7. Customize fonts, colors - stylesheet.css

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Number 2 and number 7 are not necessary if you install number 3. The others are fine, but I would suggest these as well:

 

 

http://addons.oscommerce.com/info/7199 KissMT Dynamic SEO Meta & Canonical Header Tags

 

http://addons.oscommerce.com/info/5752 Security Pro

 

http://addons.oscommerce.com/info/4441 Site Monitor

 

http://addons.oscommerce.com/info/5914 IP Trap

 

 

and there are others as well, but those are the basics I think.

 

 

 

Chris


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Great stuff - Thanks Chris.

 

 

Number 2 and number 7 are not necessary if you install number 3. The others are fine, but I would suggest these as well:

 

 

http://addons.oscommerce.com/info/7199 KissMT Dynamic SEO Meta & Canonical Header Tags

 

http://addons.oscommerce.com/info/5752 Security Pro

 

http://addons.oscommerce.com/info/4441 Site Monitor

 

http://addons.oscommerce.com/info/5914 IP Trap

 

 

and there are others as well, but those are the basics I think.

 

 

 

Chris

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