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    osCommerce Question, Hopefully Easy to Fix!

    Hey guys, my name is Justin. I have a site, EastCoastAirsoft.com, and I am trying to change how the subcategories are listed on the side. For some categories, like the first couple, it is fine that the subcategories are listed out below the main categories. But for some of the other categories, like External Parts and Internal Parts, I only want the main parts to show, not the subcategories. However, there does not seem to be a way to achieve this! It seems like such an easy fix, but it has not been easy at all. When you click the main category, all the subcategories are listed anyway, so it's not like they would be permanently deleted. Help would be greatly, GREATLY, appreciated!

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    This issue is still not resolved! I am willing to pay anyone who can solve this issue for me!

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    IMO, the best option would be to ask this question in the Javascript forum. You could use JS to hide those parts of the sections, but then any users browsing without JS would see the layout as it is at the moment, so you keep usability either way.

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    But if you used Javascript to hide the parts, then wouldn't search engine spiders still pick up those links? That's why I'm concerned about this, for SEO purposes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaabi View Post
    But if you used Javascript to hide the parts, then wouldn't search engine spiders still pick up those links? That's why I'm concerned about this, for SEO purposes.
    Ah, SEO. Having those links there isn't going to cause you any problems as far as the search indexes are concerned. Take anything and everything SEO related which you read with a large pinch of salt. There's an occasional useful bit of info but most of it is guesswork or pure bunkum to try and flog you some SEO related service or software.

    However, getting back to the JS question, you could set those list entries as {display: none;} and have the JS remove the hidden attribute. Spiders won't index hidden tags. However, that could possibly penalise you too, as they may class it as exactly what it is, i.e: trying to hide text from spiders. Swings and roundabouts.

    My personal recommendation? Don't arse around with simplicity and usability just because some supposed SEO expert has said it's supposedly the best way. Content is what you should be concerned about. Make sure your content is worth indexing and everything else is minor in comparison.


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