Advanced SEO

Sitemap

To ensure that the search engines can see and index your categories and products correctly, OrderStorm has integrated with Arne Brachhold’s Google XML Sitemaps plugin, enabling the sitemap it generates to include URLs for product pages and category pages you set up in the OrderStorm database.  Get it here:  http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/google-sitemap-generator/
First, install the Google XML Sitemaps plugin. When you generate the sitemap, it calls a function of the OrderStorm WordPress eCommerce plugin to generate product and category entries in the sitemap.  If you change something in your shopping cart, you should rebuild the sitemap manually. Regenerate the sitemap manually every time you make a change to a category or product.
On the Storefront Settings page, there are 3 settings each on both the product page and category page tabs.  Here you will activate the sitemap integration feature of the plugin, as desired, and select the Sitemap priority and change frequency.  To use the ‘add products/categories to the XML sitemap’ feature, select True.

Canonical URLs

Important! If you are using any plugin that has an option to use Canonical URLs, this must be turned off/un-checked. Example: The All in One SEO Plugin Options page has a checkbox for Canonical URLs. This setting is checked by default. You must un-check this box for the search engines to read the sitemap and index your products and categories.

Permalinks

In Storefront Settings, the Product and Category Pages have options for you to use either the WordPress default permalinks or pretty permalinks.  OrderStorm generally recommends pretty permalinks for best search engine indexing.
When you change the page name of the orderstorm-ecommerce-category-page and the orderstorm-ecommerce-product-page, you can change the permalink also.  Copy the new permalink into the Storefront Settings sections for product and category pages into the product/category page slug and set ‘use product slug’ to TRUE.
On the WordPress dashboard, go to Permalinks under Settings and select the Custom Structure setting. Enter  /%category%/%postname%/ into the field.

 



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