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IP.SEO 1.5 Dev Update

IP.SEO is a free extra from IPS which provides tools to enhance the Search Engine Optimization of your community. It includes features like sitemap generation, the ability to set meta tags on any page, search engine statistics and SEO-related advice on your configuration. The IPS Community Suite itself has many built-in SEO features that are suitable for nearly all communities however IP.SEO expands upon them with more advanced SEO features.

We've been busy working on an update to IP.SEO which will be available soon. New features include:


Live Meta Tag Editor

IP.SEO has long had the ability to add custom meta tags to any page within your community, allowing you to modify the title, add a meta description and more on an individual-page basis.

While working on IP.SEO 1.5, we looked into ways we could make this important tool more accessible, and have taken concepts we learned from the Visual Skin Editor in IP.Board 3.2 and applied them to this.

Much like how with the Visual Skin Editor you can modify the skin live on the front-end, the Live Meta Tag Editor allows you to browse the front-end of your community and view and edit the meta tags configured for each page you visit. This allows you to customise the meta information on every page in your community easier than ever before so you can make sure all of your pages have exactly the right information you want to show search engines.



Improved Sitemap

In IP.SEO 1.5, we've added support for IP.Calendar, IP.Nexus and IP.Chat to the sitemap, so now all IPS applications are supported and your entire community can be accessed by site maps easily.

But not only that, we've also added some new settings for forums. You can now exclude a forum from the sitemap, or even set a priority level for forums on an individual basis. This allows you to rate your important content such as focussed user discussions higher than for example, site-related announcements or off-topic discussion.


Acronym Expansion

Users on a community will often post acronyms or abbreviations about the topic of your community, which can cause those posts to be missing the important keywords your community targets.

For example, we often have users post "IPB" as an abbreviation for "IP.Board". Search engines of course, don't know these are one in the same and when someone searches "IP.Board", posts that say "IPB" won't match. This can be a problem.

In IP.SEO 1.5, we've added a feature we call Acronym Expansion, which will automatically either replace an acronym with the specified long version, or wrap an acronym in a HTML <acronym> tag so that search engines know what the user means.

This allows you to ensure that even user-generated content includes the important keywords your community targets.


Miscellaneous Enhancements

We've also of course included many miscellaneous enhancements. For example, in IP.SEO 1.5 it will be easier to get started with automatic sitemap.xml generation and a tool to download a blank sitemap.xml file if one cannot be generated automatically.

In addition, in an effort to improve the SEO within all of our base products, the next releases of IP.Board and IP.Content have had some links removed when viewing the community as a guest which are inaccessible to spiders like the "Like" button.



Beta Available Now

If you are comfortable testing beta software, IP.SEO 1.5 is now available for beta testing in our pre-release forum.

As always if you have any suggestions for future versions of IP.SEO, please post them to our feedback forum. If you're not already using IP.SEO, make sure you download this free extra now!
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[quote name='7SiN' timestamp='1313514122'] While heading in the right direction, I believe there is still a lot to improve upon, especially with the sitemap.
I agree. Care to elaborate?

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Sounds good but what about the visitor and keyword clean up? I have thousands of pages of pretty much useless data that I have to manually clean up because the default retention period of this data is far too long. The result being the database is much larger than it needs to be.

Plus of course the other issue is getting IP SEO to install and work or upgrade and work properly without all of the messing around when it doesn't work. Numerous people have had problems with it.

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[quote name='3DKiwi' timestamp='1313520747'] Sounds good but what about the visitor and keyword clean up? I have thousands of pages of pretty much useless data that I have to manually clean up because the default retention period of this data is far too long. The result being the database is much larger than it needs to be. Plus of course the other issue is getting IP SEO to install and work or upgrade and work properly without all of the messing around when it doesn't work. Numerous people have had problems with it.

The retention time has been reduced from 35 days to 28 days as part of the "Miscellaneous Enhancements" I mentioned. It is not possible to reduce it lower than this to ensure accurate reporting of statistics. This feature can of course be turned off.

All reported bugs have been addressed - if you're having issues with any of our products I would recommend contacting us through one of the appropriate channels :)

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[quote name='blair' timestamp='1313520412'] I agree. Care to elaborate?
When I have time to sit down and make 100 different topics for all the things it can be improved upon (since that's the only way IPS can apparently read the suggestions)...you'll be able to check it out :P I know if I posted it here I would see "This is not the feedback forum"... *sigh*

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Installed. "Settings" page is completely blank though. No settings to adjust. Just an empty box with a button that says "Update Settings", that, when clicked, gives a message that reads "settings updated". Am I missing something....?

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Can I suggest that you spend some time on IP.Content?

I would be very easy to include some of the fields in databases for the meta tag and meta description. I have 30,000 records, and writing a custom meta description and tag for each is just not going to work.

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[quote name='burm' timestamp='1316015251']
Its beta software... But it works great!


Not for me or several others, it doesn't.

http://community.invisionpower.com/topic/346992-problems-adding-sitemapxml-to-ipseo-150-on-ipb-322/page__fromsearch__1

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