This question is very important to me and a project that I am undertaking.
Is there a Maximum Number of Pages (HTML pages / not Product pages) limit built into Shopify?
For example - could I have a store with 130 products - 420 variants - but . . . 600 (or more) general content HTML web pages?
Thanks for any comments or insights.
Best directed to Support but I see no reason why not. It is not unusual to use "pages" to supplement other areas of the system (for example, we use a "page" to contain our text description, which is more involved, freeing the standard description field for tailioring for apps that feed other systems with a simple narrative.
The idea is to have 5 or 10 pages created and linked (with a buy button) for each product that we offer. These "extra pages" will be named and contain content / headings / keywords aimed at exact "model number" matches to similar products from other manufacturers.
For example - here is an actual product pages - http://www.elightful.ca/products/cfl-plug-in-single-twin-tube-2-pin for what we sell (with variants)
You can get to it (aside from normal navigation) - from any of these pages :
Should really help SEO (for customers searching by manufacturer & model numbers) - yet since each page is different and distinct - hopefully not viewed as duplicate content.
There is not limit to the number of pages you can use on Shopify. Though for what you're doing, I have what might be a better idea.
Instead of pages, I might consider using automatic collections instead. You could use Tags for each collection and tag the products with the correct tags for each collection. There's also an app called Genius Collections that might work well for you too!
Either way, there is no limit to the number of collections, or pages you can use. Just I find collections easier to manage since you can do it when you add or update the product by adding tags.
Thanks for a definitive response Shawn.
I am going to continue with pages for now - but the biggest problem I am finding - is that there is no easy way to edit or add pages offline (as you can with products). Means lot's of cutting & pasting with 2 screens and instances opened up side by side. Adding my first 8 pages took about an hour and I have over 300 to go! But as I get faster and more comfortable - should be able to create about 25+ per hour.
If the SEO works (more likely to appear when someone searches for "philips pl-s 5w/841/2p/alto") then it's all worth it.
The light bulb industry has several thousand different and unique product specs and each manufacturer uses their own coding system. Have found (talking to many of my customers) that they go to search engines looking for that number. Best chance to be found is having a url / title / and search description, etc. that is very specific.
Time will tell.
Nick, another way you could use pages: create a special page template for these types of pages. Store the product handle in a metafield (or even in the description field). Access the product's object through liquid code and from there fill in the data you need for each product's buy button. No copying/pasting of buy buttons. The page will generate the button. I'd be willing to help out as I am "off" today and it could be fun! :-)