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My first question is Best free imaging iPage hosting service for posting links here on Yahoo Answers? Thanks in advance for any response. Second question.. Hi,.

I've done a bit of a search on the forums, but haven't come up with anything. Is it possible to get rid of the osCsid parameter in the URL whilest keeping the functionallity of the site? I tried to turn it off by setting $add_session_id to false by default in the tep_href_link function, but then I couldn't add anything to my cart.

Can anyone help?.


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Good question... I dunno what is the answer to your question. I'll do some research and get back to you if I bump into an anything. You should email the people at iPage as they probably could give you an answer..

Comment #1

And how would one go about setting up their config file properly?.

Is there a special variable I need to be setting?.

I'm just wanting to start using mod_rewrite for the urls instead of .php?productID=29&osCsid=2098123019823091823.

E.g. product29.html..

Comment #2

Nevermind, I got it, had to fix my cookie domain..

Comment #3


First of all you shouldnt use them at all. these are your session ids. what happens that when someone come sto the store, they get a sesison id oscid, etc.... if you want your iPage site to be search engine friendly take them out. why? because for example a google spider(googlebot - who crawls your iPage site to have you listed), when comes to the iPage site and you have set up this way that everyone gets a sesison id, then this spider will get too. and when it will link your iPage site in google, it will get

Do this>.

Go to admin>configuration>session.

First thingis the directory.default is tmp. if not then remember the name....

Go to your iPage site via ftp or locally and make that tmp folder writeable, executable (set permission to 777).

- then make all of the options set to false except prevent spider....(make that one true and recreate session....).

Hope it helps...

Comment #4

I have tried all that you have suggested but am still seeind the oscid blahblah crap.

Edit -.

This is what I have the settings as.

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: 22 June 2004, 19:51..

Comment #5

This is a sample:.

I use that in my own code, and so far work fine..

I try that based on this following code from advanced_search.php.

Is this meet what you need?.

This function just hide the session but not really get rid the session..

What will happened if we lost the session, a broken cart for sure.....

Comment #6

So are you saying that I have to change it in loads of files?..

Comment #7

Hi billybrag,.

The osCsid only appears if a cookie cannot be set - so check your cookie paths in the /includes/configure.php file carefully - if these are not correct then you will not set cookiw and osC will pass the session ID in the URL instead..

If you want to ensure that cookies are ALWAYS used (i.e. force users to turn on cookie support to use your store) then you can set the Force Cookie use setting to true..

If you are using a shared secure server then you will not escape the passing of the osCsid in the URL when moving from SSL to NON-SSL and vice versa - this is becuase the cookie domains are different and cannot be read one from another..

The lines you want to check in /includes/configure.php are:.

Define('HTTP_COOKIE_DOMAIN', '');.


Define('HTTP_COOKIE_PATH', '/catalog/');.

Define('HTTPS_COOKIE_PATH', '/catalog/');.

See also the.

Install Guide.

Hope this helps..



Comment #8

This is what mine are set at,.

Is this correct?.

Define('HTTP_COOKIE_DOMAIN', '');.

 define('HTTPS_COOKIE_DOMAIN', '');.

 define('HTTP_COOKIE_PATH', '');.

 define('HTTPS_COOKIE_PATH', '');..

Comment #9

I found this of interest in the Knowledge Base:..

Comment #10

Cheers mike, I have this setting already set up though#.

Any other ideas?..

Comment #11

Beyond that I'm not sure..

But I wonder if anyone can confirm if that is effectively working on the bots..

Since it is only supposed ot block sessions for spiders, there is no way to be sure until it has been set long enough for some of the major ones to crawl it and index it in their search engine..

If it is working, you might still see session ids, but known spiders wouldn't start a session hence eliminating the main problem with session ids in urls...

Comment #12


No, it should look like this in your case:.

You do not have a secure server defined, so presume you have also set:.



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: 24 June 2004, 15:15..

Comment #13


Change your settings then go here and whack your iPage domain name on it will give you a report on your iPage site as if a search engine spider would see it.

Its a spider simulator..

Comment #14

Thanks for that link. It was very enlightening..

I ran their report, then checked my logs to get the name of their spider. I added it to spiders.txt and ran the report again. The spider still opened a session and the session id showed in the results..

<scratching head>.


</scratching head>..

Comment #15

I am also using SEO sitemap contribution, makes the bots only see html pages, but when clicked on the return back to your php pages from the search engine, this is an excellent mod for search engines, mysite was getting a score of less than 50% on most pages now all pages have 92-94% looking foward to googles next trip around my site, with over a hundred products that will be over a hundred instant links..

Comment #16

This question was taken from a support group/message board and re-posted here so others can learn from it.