Good question... I dunno what is the answer to that question. I'll do some poking around and get back to you if I find an good answer. You should email the people at iPage as they probably could give you help..
Well, for one thing, the thought the search engines prefer static urls to dynamic ones is *ancient history*. They index url's wiht '?' in them just as well as without. There is no difference whatsoever..
Second, you only need the "osCsid=65812948f46ad83a717742cd7265c062" in the url if you want beople to be able to purchase even if they do not have cookies enabled. In this case, you may disable these osCic's in the admin for search engines only...
And yes, I could list 100's of URLs where our iPage site is list at or very near the top of searches that return millions of results...
I was mostly thinking about having keyword-laden filenames etc, but hey..
I think I'm convinced either way..
I hear osCommerce can generate a sitemap for you automatically too?.
If this is correct that's HELLA cool!..
Its all up to your skills..
I do things like this..
$_GET['products_id'] = '1';.
$HTTP_GET_VARS['products_id'] = '1';.
I am looking at a few online shopping thingies, and so far osCommerce looks to be the nicer looking and more intelligent option, though I'm wondering just how SE friendly it is...
I have seen another option available - "Actinic", which is heavily geared toward showing up high in searches...
It's got a hella good static link structure and seems to be simply crazy-pointed toward SEO..
I'm just wondering, is it possible to have osCommerce turn an ugly url like domain.com/index.php?cPath=1_6&osCsid=65812948f46ad83a717742cd7265c062 into something like domain.com/product_category/product_name, or even simply static pages?..
Sorry - for all the SEO buffs out there - I know that dynamic links aren't a huge problem at all but I'm just wondering if people with osC sites are getting good google rankings still....
I just keeping seeing this Actinc thing popping up and it's seeming to work.....