Post by Steve_Regal » Thu Jul 09, 2020 8:21 pm

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Using Opencart version 2.0.2.0 - and Journal 2.7.0 Theme.

We are looking at SEO/conversion tracking etc on the site https://www.regalautosport.conm/shop and we have an SSL set. I have already changed the http to https in both of the config files.

The issue i have is in the main coding of the site there are a number of links that are http:// - even though when you follow the link it redirects to a https:// page it is causing issues tracking customer use. For example if i inspect a link within the menu they are http:// - is there a way to change these core links to https://

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Post by johnp » Thu Jul 09, 2020 11:23 pm

There's plenty of extensions to look through in the marketplace:

https://www.opencart.com/index.php?rout ... orce%20ssl

I've used this one before and it works fine:

https://www.opencart.com/index.php?rout ... load_id=40

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Post by johnp » Thu Jul 09, 2020 11:28 pm

I've just tested your site on whynopadlock and it's passed so looks like the issue has been resolved.

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Post by IP_CAM » Fri Jul 10, 2020 4:42 am

Well, with links, named like this one, that's gonna end up in real frustration, I assume ... :crazy: :laugh:

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Post by Steve_Regal » Fri Jul 10, 2020 5:34 pm

I know that the SSL is working across the site, the issue comes for example: on the homepage there is a selection of products on show - they are all linked the same way

<a href="http://www.regalautosport.com/shop/BMW- ... r-set.html" border-color:="" rgb(255,="" 255,="" 255)=""><div class="p-over p-grid-over"> </div>
<img class="lazyOwl first-image" width="250" height="250" src="https://www.regalautosport.com/shop/ima ... e/data/CSF Race Radiators/BMW/IMG_1543-1440x1080-800x800-250x250.jpg" title="CSF BMW M5 (F10) &amp; M6 (F06/12/13) - Twin Charge-Air-Cooler set" alt="CSF BMW M5 (F10) &amp; M6 (F06/12/13) - Twin Charge-Air-Cooler set" style="display: block;">
</a>

As you can see - the first link defaults to http - even though when you click the link and go to the product page it forces SSL - this is causing issues with tracking website use and conversions etc.

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Post by johnp » Fri Jul 10, 2020 5:42 pm

I take it the products are displayed in a Journal module. If one of the extensions I suggested is not suitable you could probably hard code https:// in the module template or controller file. Just a guess at this stage. One of the more experienced pros could probably answer that in a second.

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Post by JNeuhoff » Fri Jul 10, 2020 9:01 pm

You still have a number of category and manufacturer pages without SEO keywords.

On another note: Nice color scheme. However, the site looks a bit bloated, too much cramped into the mega menus, home page slideshow too big.

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Post by johnp » Sat Jul 11, 2020 7:04 pm

Just checked on my test OC2 installation. By default when under SSL all links are being generated as https://. The is with no extension to force SSL. It's happing naturally. As you're using Journal and presumably a Journal featured products module the problem probably lies with that. It's worth asking the Journal creators for support. Experience tells though they will probably send you back here.
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Post by johnp » Sat Jul 11, 2020 7:06 pm

Also, I'm not sure you've got your OC and/or SSL set up correctly. You have a mixture of link types. Are you using any SEO extensions?

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Post by Steve_Regal » Mon Jul 13, 2020 6:50 pm

Thanks for your help so far! We are not using any SEO extensions.

I will see if I can get any sense out of Journal developers, I also have another person discussing it with their own developers, so hopefully I will get a result soon

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Post by Steve_Regal » Mon Jul 13, 2020 6:54 pm

Also just to add, some of the links I have needed to add to the relevant section, hence I can add them as https:// - This issue certainly seems to be in the journal sections where it generates the links

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Post by johnp » Mon Jul 13, 2020 7:31 pm

I would double check your root config.php and admin/config.php files plus your site settings. If all looks ok there then yes ask the Journal developers. We'll see you back here shortly. Lol. :)

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Post by johnp » Mon Jul 13, 2020 7:35 pm

There is a Journal 3 theme out. Maybe they've improved the links situation with that. I had a client ask the Journal developers if there was an upgrade path from Journal 2 to Journal 3. Apparently there is not. If support is pulled from Journal 2 you can easily end up in a world of hurt.

IMO if a developer created and marketed a theme similar to Journal with a comprehensive back end admin panel but with no core file changes they'd be on to a winner. There is an obvious need for one as Journal is used and discussed a lot but one that can benefit Opencart, its users and developers.

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Post by Steve_Regal » Fri Jul 31, 2020 5:16 pm

Looks like I have a result. You nailed it with the Journal Developers - didn't even get a response!

So i looked to see if there was a common file/script loading on them all and found a line in the Index.php that called URL's as http://

Changed this to https:// and my issue is resolved!

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Post by johnp » Fri Jul 31, 2020 5:26 pm

No response doesn't surprise me. Glad you got it sorted. :)

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Post by JNeuhoff » Fri Jul 31, 2020 5:29 pm

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IMO if a developer created and marketed a theme similar to Journal with a comprehensive back end admin panel but with no core file changes they'd be on to a winner. There is an obvious need for one as Journal is used and discussed a lot but one that can benefit Opencart, its users and developers.
Journal3 as a web theme is terrible and bloated, something not to copy! However, it does have a number of non-theme related features which could be re-written in a standard-compliant way and be made available perhaps as a bundle, except of course for those features (like slideshows etc) which are already available in a standard OpenCart anyway.

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Post by johnp » Fri Jul 31, 2020 5:37 pm

I think OC definetely needs a decent theme with an admin panel so non techies can manage the look and feel of a site. For me the ideal setup would be to port the theme admin panel/features from the excellent OC Bootstrap Pro theme for 1.5 to OC2 and 3. You don't need the bloat of Journal but you do need a decent level of click and save control over an OC site. IMO that is.

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Post by mikahawkins » Tue Oct 13, 2020 12:39 pm

Hello,
An internal link is a link from one page to another page on the same domain. We're talking about regular, text links from one page on your website to another.The problem is that the links to categories in the dropdown menus in the head, remain http:// which successfuly redirects with a 301 to the https:// version upon click.
This isnt't the best way to go in terms of SEO, so my goal is to simply change the links to https:// and have a 200 response code for all internal links.
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