Using the Sitemap file to improve SEO

Introduction I am by no means an authority on SEO optimization. I just learned .Net a year ago and Solunar.com is my first online storefront experience. What I do know is my experiences in taking advantage of the SiteMap feature included in AC7. The purpose of this document is to detail my experiences, the steps taken and the bumps in the road along the way. What is SiteMap? The three largest search engines came together several years ago and agreed on a standard for bulk site URL submission. You can easily submit a single domain name to any search engine, but getting all 12,000 products...

Feb 24, 2008 READ MORE
Enlarge the order history notes field

Introduction Maintaining an audit trail of effort and activity as it pertains to an order is important. AC7 gives you that ability using the History and Notes feature on the Order Details screen. But adding notes to an order, either for yourself or the customer can be a pain because the box is too small. This modification enlarges the size to be far more convenient for the site admin. File to change We only have to change one line in one file, so this one is fast and easy. Make a backup of your ~/Admin/Orders/OrderHistory.aspx file before you begin. Now edit that file and look for this ...

Feb 19, 2008 READ MORE
Add a Delete feature to the Admin Order Summary

Advisory Please use extreme caution when using this modification. It is unforgiving. Make a mistake and you're restoring your database. There is no "Undo". Seriously. There is also no "Are you sure?" when using this modification. Real site admins don't need it (plus I don't know how to add one)  Introduction There are many times where I have found the need to delete an order. It usually involves my own testing or an unusual payment processing failure. When an order gets messed up, the customer usually places another order...

Feb 19, 2008 READ MORE
Add an Edit Basket Button on the Admin screen

Introduction The purpose of this modification is to give you, the esteemed site admin, the ability to edit the shopping basket of a registered user. Why? Well, I don't really know. But I found a page written to do it and it looks really cool. You want to be a cool site admin, don't you? Actually it makes a really nice impression with the customer when they are on the phone trying to order something. By handling their basket for them, you encourage them to continue their online experience. This motivates an online checkout instead of the dreaded "Can't I jus...

Feb 13, 2008 READ MORE
Show the product image for the selected variant

Introduction When a product is added to the basket, an image is displayed along with the item details. However, adding a variant option does not display the variants image, it displays the main product image. This can be confusing to customers who ordered a Red shirt and the basket shows them the green shirt. This modification forces the MiniBasket and Basket pages to show the variant image. This modification assumes AC7 RC2. Requirements For these modifications to work, you must always have your swatch variant as the first set of choices. Any number of choice sets are allowed, but the fi...

Feb 12, 2008 READ MORE