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IP.Board 3.1.1 Dev Update: Search Engine Optimisation Enhancements

As many of you will know, search engine optimisation is a process of ongoing improvement. We made some big steps towards making IP.Board more search-friendly when we released 3.0 and we

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Thanks Dan.

Worth mentioning for anyone now on 3.1, set your index title, keywords and description, these are all new options

Tools & Settings > System Settings > System > Search Engine Optimization

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[quote name='.Ian' date='07 June 2010 - 06:01 PM']
Thanks Dan.

Worth mentioning for anyone now on 3.1, set your index title, keywords and description, these are all new options

Tools & Settings > System Settings > System > Search Engine Optimization


Very very important. These things are discussed in the tutorial I linked to in the blog entry. :)

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Thanks for these improvements. I'm happy to hear that IP.Applications get more and more SEO friendly.

One idea I have is for IP.Content. Currenty I have the following problem.

I'm planning to migrate my article database which is ?record=xx to the new SEO friendly urls.
Well, so far so good. However, I have 400+ articles and as I know there is no easy way to make all ?record=xx get redirected to the new SEO friendly URLs.
Instead, google will be able to access the same content using 2 URLs which is not good at all from SEO point of view.
So, there should be a way to redirect permanently all ?record=xx to the SEO friendly urls.

The same applies if I decide to switch from ?showtopic=xx to SEO friendly urls. Google should not be able to reach the same board content with both URL ways ....

Hopefully this makes sense...

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What if the root of your site is NOT the forums (say it's IPContent)?
Will this be a customizable option in the ACP? Or will it simply point to the base url (such as example.com/ rather than example.com/forums/)

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[quote name='Painted Horse' date='07 June 2010 - 07:09 PM']
What if the root of your site is NOT the forums (say it's IPContent)?
Will this be a customizable option in the ACP? Or will it simply point to the base url (such as example.com/ rather than example.com/forums/)


It'll go to the root of your forums. So the "Forums" tab will have "http://www.example.com/forums/" as you would expect. :) It's really just that it had an extra "/index" on it for the board index.

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[quote name='estan' date='07 June 2010 - 02:07 PM'] Thanks for these improvements. I'm happy to hear that IP.Applications get more and more SEO friendly.

One idea I have is for IP.Content. Currenty I have the following problem.

I'm planning to migrate my article database which is ?record=xx to the new SEO friendly urls.
Well, so far so good. However, I have 400+ articles and as I know there is no easy way to make all ?record=xx get redirected to the new SEO friendly URLs.
Instead, google will be able to access the same content using 2 URLs which is not good at all from SEO point of view.
So, there should be a way to redirect permanently all ?record=xx to the SEO friendly urls.

The same applies if I decide to switch from ?showtopic=xx to SEO friendly urls. Google should not be able to reach the same board content with both URL ways ....

Hopefully this makes sense...

IP.Content 2.0.1 will automatically redirect "?record=#" and "?category=#" urls to their correctly FURL forms.

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[quote name='estan' date='08 June 2010 - 07:09 PM']Will the same apply for IPB as well?

IP.Board can already do this, see the "Search Engine Optimization" setting group if this is not already enabled on your forum. :)

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One idea for http status codes - when you turn off your board for maintenance you should return 503 code.
Matt Cuts on Seomoz.org
http://www.seomoz.org/blog/whiteboard-interview-googles-matt-cutts-on-redirects-trust-more

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