Starting a New Site (a slow coming How-To)
I'm starting a thread here to document my mods to a new site I am building and to solicit any advice or work I should be doing as I go. There are lots of smart people around here, so I would appreciate all of your suggestions.
Maybe some newbies will be able to use this as a guideline by the time I am done. :idea:
Site = 3.5.7
Installed to Web Root Directory
Changed default SALT codes and fixed up admin p/w
Changed default customer, admin and provider dir names via top.inc.php
Upgraded Smarty Template Engine to 2.6.2 RETURNED TO 2.5.0, bug problems
Changed index.php to header redirect to catalog/index.html
Add Update button on every product line in the shopping cart
Hack ALT image tag for keyword density
Get rid of the product ID # on the detailed product page.
Cleanup Checkout Screen
Optimise Page Title Text (removes spaces etc.)
Optimise Page Title Text Part 2 (for Search Engines)
Log IP Numbers in both Orders AND registration (a must if you ask me)
Disable tracking statistics for site speed increase
Hey ADPBoss, good luck with your new site ;)
Here a few things I have done (all these give indications as to what you might have done and what version of the store you are running):
CHMOD 000 the following files:
NOTE: You will need to CHMOD some of these back (files with *) to 644 when you upgrade to the next version.
Drop and .htaccess file with "Deny from all" in the following directories:
NOTE: some of these directories might have the restriction in place already so just double check it.
In the root directory of your web, add/modify the .htaccess file with "Options -Indexes"
This way any directory that does not have an index file in it will not list the directory contents.
I think that is it for now... I'll keep adding as I come across more stuff!
Thanks Emerson. I've done those now. It's such a big help getting feedback from everyone because although I have done this a half dozen times, there is always new stuff or things you overlook. :)
It is just so much to do. It's easy to forget something :)
Someone should re-name it "What to do in the beginning...." (or something adequately descriptive;) and make the thread sticky so users will know what to do on new installs.
I think that it would be good to rename it and make it sticky
I will when I update this weekend. I'll ask a moderator to make it sticky when I get a few more "key" items added in. :)
IT IS a sticky already :lol: :lol:
thank you very much!
I'd recommend instead to edit the catalog building file to build the html files in the root directory and remove the header redirect.
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