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adpboss 05-15-2004 07:38 AM

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

Edit copyright.tpl

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

Emerson 05-15-2004 07:57 AM

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:
COPYRIGHT
INSTALL
install.php
patch.1 *
patch.pl *
README
UPGRADE.NOTES_x.x.x-x.x.x *
UPGRADE.readme *
VERSION *
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:

log
files
include
Smarty-x.x.x
modules
skin1_original
sql
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!

HTH ;)

adpboss 05-15-2004 08:10 AM

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. :)

Emerson 05-15-2004 08:16 AM

I agree!
It is just so much to do. It's easy to forget something :)

ATKOgirl 05-27-2004 12:53 PM

Hi Everyone,

Great thread!

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.

ATKOgirl

TelaFirma 05-27-2004 01:40 PM

I think that it would be good to rename it and make it sticky

adpboss 05-27-2004 06:58 PM

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. :)

Emerson 05-27-2004 06:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by adpboss
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:

EnriqueHavoc 08-23-2004 10:08 PM

thank you very much!

Jon 08-24-2004 10:27 AM

Good idea.

Quote:

Changed index.php to header redirect to catalog/index.html

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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