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Clean checkout/cart URL

Grwup1mifrLAXGrwup1mifrLAX Member
in Bugs & Feature Requests edited March 2012
I need to as the discussion title indicates obtain a clean URL for my checkout/cart pgs, not the long "https://tradetoretire.foxycart.com/cart?code=Downloadable, etc.,........".

I think this is a SSL issue. How can I make all that happen?

Thanks,

Steve
Comments
  • lancelance Member, Community Support Member
    Steve,

    If you are adding products to the cart using links, you can't avoid this. If you want it to be friendlier, you will want to POST cart data using a form:

    http://wiki.foxycart.com/v/0.7.2/products#using_forms

    Lance
  • fc_adamfc_adam FoxyCart Team
    edited April 2017
    @Grwip1mifrLAX,

    Am I right in assuming that you're worried about the security of your products if a customer can see all the product details in the URL that they could possibly tamper with?

    Along with what Lance suggested, you may also want to look at our link/form validation setup for add to cart links and forms that prevents any product spoofing: http://wiki.foxycart.com/static/redirect/price_validation
  • Hello Gentlemen and Thanks for your responses!

    My desire is purely cosmetic I guess you would say. In talking to a Graphic Designer I was told that the "https://tradetoretire.foxycart.com,etc.,etc."; may be some of the cause for customers turning away and not buying my product. According to my website's Google Analytics I have had over 2700 visitors to my website.

    How do I remove the .foxycart. part from the URL? and is there anyway I could have a "Super Clean" URL something along the likes of:

    http://tradetoretire.com/Checkout
    http://tradetoretire.com/Cart

    I am lousy at technology but the bomb with stocks:


    Thanks,

    Steve
  • lukeluke FoxyCart Team
    You can purchase your own sub domain, which is what I think you're talking about. Under your FoxyCart store admin settings, click the "use remote store domain" checkbox and follow the instructions there to get started.

    As for the actual cart/checkout urls, they are pretty straightforward, but I'd be surprised if they had any impact on cart abandonment. Most ecommerce stores I've ever seen have very long urls with hashed tokens and such.
  • Hi Luke,

    Thank you for your response. I would like to ask you if Foxycart.com actually allows me to create "Clean URL's" like I referred to previously wouldn't that imply others want the same kind of URL structure? I am not a developer and don't know anybody that is either so I am really not sure about this. I've had decent traffic to my website but no purchases so I am trying to narrow down potential problems.

    Thanks,

    Steve
  • fc_adamfc_adam FoxyCart Team
    @Grwup1mifrLAX,

    So with the custom subdomain that Luke was referring to, you can change your store from something like http://yourdomain.foxycart.com to http://secure.yourdomain.com. That way it looks like the store is part of your website completely.

    In terms of the rest of the URL, for FoxyCart to be able to function properly for your customers, the session id for the customers order needs to be passed through. So in it's cleanest form, the URL would look like this: http://secure.yourdomain.com/cart?fcsid=sf98sdf9ssdf69sgnoin234 (that id is just made up in case you're wondering :)

    If you're looking to track where customers are leaving your site, you could look at integrating Google Analytics into your checkout process (we have some instructions here on that: http://wiki.foxycart.com/integration) which will give you an idea of where people might be leaving.

    A couple suggestions from looking at your site:
    * You may want to try integrating the look and feel of your site into your checkout more, to make the cart, checkout and receipt templates to look like they're part of your site a bit more. That can be one of the most jarring points for customers when they click the purchase something and the look and feel of the page they were just on changes completely. Any trust that has been built up on your own site could be lost if they hit a page when they're about to check out that looks completely different to where they just were.
    * The cart page is quite text-heavy, and while I understand that the three columns of text are important for a customer to see, maybe you could try displaying them in a different way. You could try including them as hidden by default, but when a link is clicked it shows that text to the customer.
    * There are some styles on your checkout template that have compacted the different form fields up together which has made the checkout page a little hard to follow. Perhaps making the checkout page easier to see what to fill out next might help customers finish the checkout process. I'm specifically talking about how the shipping and payment fields are pulled up on the right hand column.

    You mentioned you're not a developer, so if you'd like to tackle some of that it might be out of your scope of expertise - if you'd like we could suggest some developers who are familiar with FoxyCart who could help you out.
  • Hi fc_adam!

    Thank you very much for all the info!

    I've had over 2600 visitors to my website and this is hopefully a conversion issue that can be fixed.

    Please suggest some developers as I can see I need help here.

    Thank you,

    Steve
  • fc_adamfc_adam FoxyCart Team
    I'll whisper you some recommendations.
  • Hi fc_adam,

    Thank you again. Recommendations from a trusted source solves another problem I had!

    I will review these recommendations and let you/FoxyCart.com know where I get from here.

    Thank you,

    Steve
  • Hi fc_adam,

    So far I've contacted 5 of the contacts, talked to one but not much improvement in getting this going so far. Is there a trusted resource for talent you can think of on the web, hopefully here in Southern California? I want to get this moving.
  • I searched "tradetoretire.com" on Google and found this:
    http://forum.foxycart.com/discussion/5715/clean-checkoutcart-url/p1
    Why is my password protected discussion here out in the open on Google?
  • fredfred FoxyCart Team
    edited April 2012
    @Grwup1mifrLAX: that's as expected, this is a public message board and not a private support forum. If you need to send private information to us, please check the box next to the "Whisper" when writing a comment and send it to a FoxyCart team member.

    If needed, one of us will remove your URL and domain from this post.
  • Thanks Brett and Fred for the info and headsup. I am actually tentatively working with a referral from My619.com.

    Fred, excuse me but I have had to enter two sets of username/password combinations so I was of the opinion that this was somehow confidential but you learn something new every day-Heh! You mentioned "If needed, one of us will remove your URL and domain from this post." Does this mean I will no longer have access to this post if you do?

    Thanks,

    Steve
  • lancelance Member, Community Support Member
    Steve,

    You would still have access. They just mean that they will remove specific references to your domain from the post so that it won't be on the page anymore. It would, for all intents and purposes, be obfuscated, but you would still have full access to the thread.

    So, for instance, if your site is amazingwebsite.com they would replace it with [yourdomain].com. That way, the text "amazingwebsite.com" doesn't appear anywhere in the thread.

    Does this make senses?

    Lance
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