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IP.Board 3.4 Dev Update: IP.SEO

IP.SEO is a popular free add-on for IP.Board which provides many additional SEO features for your community.

IP.SEO has proved so popular since it's introduction that as of IP.Board 3.4, we're going to be moving it's features into the core of IP.Board meaning that a separate application will no longer be necessary.

If you're not already familiar with IP.SEO, here's an overview the features it provides, all of which will be included in IP.Board 3.4:



Sitemap

XML site maps provide a great way to show search engines the content on your community. All IPS applications are supported, and third party applications can also add their own support.

You can even specify a "priority" for each forum and other areas of your community to tell search engines which content is more important.

IP.Board will automatically update your site map as new content is generated and will automatically ping search engines to let them know your site map has been updated.


SEO Advice

A new screen in the Admin CP will provide advice on areas of configuration which can be adjusted to provide the best SEO.




Search Activity

You will now be able to view graphs showing the visits your community has received from search engine spiders, and visits received from users who found your community via a search engine.

You can even see the term that users searched for which led them to your community.


Meta Tags

You can now edit the page title and meta tags for any page on your community. You can also use a "Live Meta Tag Editor" which will allow you to browse your community, adding tags to the pages as you visit them.






Miscellaneous Features
  • IP.Board will now be able to automatically ping XML-RPC ping services whenever a new topic is created.
  • You will now be able to select a particular skin which will be used by guests.
  • You can add Google Analytics tracking code through a setting in the Admin CP to integrate with the Google Analytics service.


More to come on SEO... this is not the only SEO change being made in 3.4 so keep watching our company blog!
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[quote name='TSP' timestamp='1343137316']
Will we be able to disable the search activity system from the ACP?

Yes just as you can now.


[quote name='Lucy Heartfilia' timestamp='1343137525']
Oooh, that sounds really nice.

If we already have IP.SEO installed will it remove it?

Just disable it. You can uninstall it.

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[quote name='Charles' timestamp='1343137990']
Just disable it. You can uninstall it.

Sorry, it's early in the morning for me..

You're saying that IPB will disable it and that I can then uninstall it right?

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[quote name='Charles' timestamp='1343137990']
Yes just as you can now.

Thanks.

Can we for example enable spider engine logging, but disable guest visit logging? Reason being the large amount of database inserts and space it uses.

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[quote name='Extreame™' timestamp='1343190093']
I really like the idea of no extra applications, maybe we could do this with the whole suite?


Then everyone who only wants the board will need to pay for every application. :)

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[quote name='.time' timestamp='1343192727']
Then everyone who only wants the board will need to pay for every application. :smile:


No you have it the wrong way around.

Everyone who wants the board, can disable the applications they dont want to use.

I am just saying that the current setup is too complex and it needs to be simple.

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[quote name='Extreame™' timestamp='1343266172']

No you have it the wrong way around.

Everyone who wants the board, can disable the applications they dont want to use.

I am just saying that the current setup is too complex and it needs to be simple.


You have it the wrong way around... that would make the buy-in of a Standard License IPB over 400 USD and they would lose sales as a result... such would moot the point of IPB 4's having no requirement of the forums and I severely doubt that is the way IPS is headed.

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[quote name='lordi' timestamp='1343269768']
thanx dev, it will reduce number of plugin installation on my board, I like less mods

It still means more code, mod or not. Though I support integrating IP.SEO with IP.Board, I just hope they are fixing the acronyms bug that I mentioned in my previous post.

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[quote name='Extreame™' timestamp='1343273196']
Maybe I do have it the wrong way around. But to make things simpler, is better.


Totally wrong approach, I would consider any software packed with features I do not need to be bloated. If you are a forum admin you should have the ability to perform basic installation and maintenance tasks.

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