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IP.Board 3.4 Dev Update: IP.SEO

Posted by Mark , in 3.4.x 24 July 2012 · 32,525 views

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.

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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.

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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!

  • thaivisa, Nick▓, DustinRyan and 18 others like this



Will we be able to disable the search activity system from the ACP?
    • AlexJ likes this
Oooh, that sounds really nice.

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

Will we be able to disable the search activity system from the ACP?

Yes just as you can now.


Oooh, that sounds really nice.

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

Just disable it. You can uninstall it.
Great news.

If already installed will it remember all settings once it's in the core.

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?
    • malaka likes this
I was corrected: the app will be removed on upgrade so settings are preserved :)
    • thaivisa, smallblockfuelie, Rhett and 5 others like this
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markopolo2002
Jul 24 2012 09:05 AM
Good call, I always usually forgot to upgrade IPSEO so this will be a worthwhile move :)
Well that's just beautiful.

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.
    • The Old Man likes this
I hope we can finally delete records from the ACP (the IP.SEO records). My search engine logs hit 66k rows in no time and I'm filled with 10MB of bloat.
    • TSP likes this
Cool info
One of the best new features I never knew I needed until now. Definitely going to be very helpful. Can't wait!
Fantastic - I was hoping for this :)
Great to hear this. I always wondered why the features weren't core anyway as it's just another thing to remember and upgrade.
Is the acronyms bug going to be fixed with this release?
http://community.inv...tooltips-r38123
    • sijad likes this
Yeeeeeeeeeesssssssssss!!!!
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Aussie Cable
Jul 24 2012 11:21 PM
I really like the idea of no extra applications, maybe we could do this with the whole suite?

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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Aussie Cable
Jul 25 2012 08:29 PM

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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Marcher Technologies
Jul 25 2012 09:04 PM

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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