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Posted - March 19 2009 :  16:20:56  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I see there is an option to create static html which will provide obvious SEO benefits, but can someone tell me:

1) Are any features lost when converting to static html?

2) Do most people here go static or stay ASP?

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Posted - March 20 2009 :  12:33:53  Show Profile  Visit devshb's Homepage  Reply with Quote
1) You lose the ability to have any dynamic logic in your static pages.
For example, you can't show the mini-cart on the header, or realtime top-sellers, and you don't know if someone's logged in or not so you can't show the relevant login or logout link etc.
Also it won't pickup changes to the data unless you regenerate the whole lot again (eg prices might get out of date quite quickly, or if you add a new product feature to an existing product it'll be out of date without regenerating)

2) We usually use a combination of both when we work on sites; you can't get rid of dynamic pages completely because people still need to be able to do searches, so you'll always need/have a shopdisplayproducts.asp link/page in use.
You can get the best of both worlds if you want though (static asp pages with nice names, but dynamic content), see:

BYZ117: (generates "static" product/category pages; static names but dynamic contents) -

BYZ110: (generates "static" content pages; static names, but dynamic contents) -

BYZ116: (dynamic pages, but which give you "full" urls for each argument; allows paging links to keep the query etc) -

BYZ146: All of the above, plus feeds and other stuff, in a single bundle, mix+match; install whichever bits you want:

Simon Barnaby
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Web Design, Online Marketing and VPASP addons
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Posted - March 25 2009 :  10:44:54  Show Profile  Visit ianphillips's Homepage  Reply with Quote
The other option is to customise the site to generate seo friendly urls as can be seen at www.keeler.co.uk and www.horses-ponies.co.uk

We have recoded our site and host it on our own dedicated server as it need some server side url rewriting, but it has made a big difference to our site traffic.

You can call me on 0781 805 5691
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