I would like to know the answer too. Anyone here know what is the right answer to your question. I'll do some research in Google and get back to you if I discover an good answer. You should email the people at iPage as they probably could give you an answer..
Thanks for your response. How would a subdirectory affect SEO? and would there be any SSL issues with this setup?.
In two ways. First, most entrance pages are not setup properly. Shop owners like to add some great flash image, maybe with sound or just do some fancy graphics because they know how to use Dreamweaver. But they forget to SEO that page. It needs to have lots of text and links to provide any sort of SEO benefit and, many times, doing that undermines all of the "neat" features. It can be done but after a lot of effort, you will find there's no benefit to it, generally speaking.
The more levels down they have to go to find your important items, the less likely they are to get there. They will eventually. And you can speed that up by installing conributions like All Products, which should be done anyway, but it will most likely still be slower than if the entrance page wasn't used..
The ssl will work fine with sub-directories..
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Oscommerce and subdirectory:.
1)A one level down will mean in additional click..
2)Some one will have to remember a biger URL to reach the catalog part..
3)SEO gives more value to home page and pages parallel to this..
One level down folders are given lesser importance..
SO if it's an ecommerce cart I suggest to avoid if possible..
Thanks. Got it!.
And BTW, I was finally able to integrate my custom design. Jack from the above reply is right...it took some time but it's much smoother, and it "just works". There are still a few details to iron out, but those would be present custom design or not..