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Mark Priest
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United Kingdom
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Posted - August 25 2012 :  05:35:50  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi All,

I have friendly URL's set up on my version 6.5 cart and the [formatimage sub] generates a nice url such as.


But how can I get this to work for text links instead of <a href="shopexd.asp?id=[catalogid]">


Firework Crazy

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Posted - September 20 2012 :  04:57:23  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
mark, i did not know how your formatimage sub look like, you can somehow looking at the formatimage sub file and then you apply the same code to the format text link..
this is just an idea, but not technical help.

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Posted - September 20 2012 :  09:31:34  Show Profile  Visit manilow's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I am using the vpasp 7.0 and developed SEO routines in order to display friendly URLs. These routines are called each time a URL is displayed (using the standard v7.0 code like genseoproductlink).

I created an extra field in the product and category tables: SEOurl. This field contains the URL to be displayed, which you can choose freely, as long as it starts with pxxx- and finishes by .htm (xxx being the product ID). Using an ISAPI .htaccess file, the URLs are translated to shopexd.asp?id=xxx (or shopdisplayproducts.asp?ID=xxx or shopdisplaycategories.asp?ID=xxx).

This way avoids generating these URLs each time a page is loaded and results in a quicker page load. Another important reason is to avoid URL change when you change a productís category. This happens when using URLs like: category/subcat/product.htm.

However, this takes some coding, as well in the database as in the vpasp files. I wondered what the vpasp support would think of such approach.


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Posted - September 20 2012 :  20:50:33  Show Profile  Visit support's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Hi Erik,

Our SEO Toolkit already allows the URL's to be rewritten in a friendly format.

If you have a look at our demo you can see we now use the category name and the product name in the url:


Thank you.

Cam Flanigan
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Posted - September 21 2012 :  03:26:29  Show Profile  Visit manilow's Homepage  Reply with Quote

Thanks for your reply.

Looking at the demo, the product URLs are like:


What happens if you change the category of this particular product ? It seems to me that its URL will change accordingly.

Saving the product URL in the database would avoid any URL change, no matter the categories it's placed in.


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United Kingdom
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Posted - September 21 2012 :  04:27:02  Show Profile  Visit devshb's Homepage  Reply with Quote
We've also got static urls (they work in a different way to the vpasp way, and are backwards compatible with 4.5-7) -

(BYZ163/164/110 are the static modules, the others are seo-related)

we've got them setup on our demo area so you can get a feel for how they look:

And, remember that if you want more than 3 or 4 modules (as per the static/seo ones) then it's usually cheaper to get subscription rather than buy the individual modules. Subscription is where you pay an initial fee, then a monthly fee, and you can get any byz addon/upgrade you want:

(and that price automatically gets discounted by however much you've spent on byz addons in the last 12 months, so if you've recently bought an addon and now want to subscribe, it means you haven't "lost" the money that you paid for the individual module)

Simon Barnaby
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Edited by - devshb on September 21 2012 04:48:05
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