Well I’ve finally done it – installed the Simple SEO URL module for Zen Cart!
And I thought I’d better document it here before I forget the steps I’ve done and need to do it again for another cart.
I had avoided doing on previous carts as its a bit fiddly to set up and if you get it wrong it completely breaks your cart (those unhelpful Internal Server Error 500 messages!) But its SO useful for SEO that I thought it worth persevering.
So here goes:
1) Download module from http://wiki.rubikintegration.com/zencart/modules/ssu/installation (or search on ZenCart’s Modules page)
NOTE: For PHP4 installs the latest stable release is 2.9 – not 3.x
2) Download & install the Zen Cart Module Manager from here (http://code.google.com/p/zencart-module-manager/downloads/list) (Before installing the above module, ok?!) Update: June 2010 – the only module manager I can g et to work with ZenCart 1.3.9d is Module Manager rev16 (the latest one doesn’t want to play ball)
3) Ensure Module Manager is installed by going to Admin > Tools > Module Manager
4) Now upload the files for the SEO module then install by going to Admin > Extras > Simple SEO URL Manager
NOTE: this is NOT enabled yet just installed.
Look at your .htaccess file – VERY IMPORTANTLY make sure that the Rewrite Base line reflects the site you’re on – if the shop is in a subdirectory change the name here – if its in the root is should just be /
5)Upload the .htaccess file
6)To enable the module go to Admin > Configuration > Simple SEO URL and the last setting is “Set SSU status” – which defaults to false. Change it to true – and have a look at the live site.
If its working, well done – go have a celebratory cup of coffee!
If you get 500 errors, double and triple check your .htaccess file.
Still not working? Try reuploading your SEO mod files again and re-do steps 3 onwards
There’s help online in this thread here:
I have noticed a performance drop but will persevere with it as I think it does mean the customer will see far nicer URLs
Let me know how you get on!
UPDATE: As is the zooms on additional product images stop working – all you have to do is go to Configuration > Simple SEO URL and in the field called Exclude List add “popup_image_additional”