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SEO enhancements - 301 Redirects

As per our e-mail exchange, we'd like to request the ability to do 301 redirects. It's not something everyone will understand the value of, but it is a very good idea. It would benefit everyone, but especially those switching an existing site to a WA site.

Here are some additional details of why they are important. As per a previous email exchange from Dmitry, I'll post these comments here...

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    Corey CreedCorey Creed shared this idea  ·   ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

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      • Scott HendisonScott Hendison commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        We are considering moving two established WordPress memnbership sites onto Wild Apricot, but without 301 redirects from our old URLs to the new ones, all search rankings would be lost. Is there no method for doing so? Thet would sort of be a dealbreaker in some cases...

      • Sharon GrahamSharon Graham commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        [quote user="Keith Webb"]

        We also need this function. We're loosing in the search engine rankings because our search data is split between www and non-www addresses.

        There's about 8 ways to add this functionality. I hope you can add it soon!

        Keith

        [/quote]

        We also need to be able to redirect rather than having duplicate websites. This is a huge SEO issue as we lose Google rankings for duplicate sites.

      • Keith WebbKeith Webb commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        We also need this function. We're loosing in the search engine rankings because our search data is split between www and non-www addresses.

        There's about 8 ways to add this functionality. I hope you can add it soon!

        Keith

      • Dmitry ButerinDmitry Buterin commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Sorry, it will likely be a while before we address 301 redirects so if this critical for your site, you are better off using a different service.

      • ooyoi.comooyoi.com commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I don't just want a 301 redirect from a www/non-www domain but I need this. As search engine will see my website as two webistes and therefor will have duplicate content. Google will frown on the duplicate content. This is an issue I need to have resolved A.S.A.P. as I need great ranking in order to be seen in indexing.

        This needs to go to the top of the list of things that need to be done. This should be a mjor problem for every Website owner.

        I really like working with WildApricot and would hate for a 301 redirect to be the reason I look for a new service.

      • Gary CGary C commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Here's how I would love to see this implemented..

        Custom Resource Not Found Page

        Add a new functional page named, "Resource Not Found." Only one of these would be allowed. We can edit the content of the body, and optionally use a token to display the resource url to in the body. The page would be displayed with the full site chrome (menu, header, footer, and such) as any other page. This way, if a visitor is displayed an RNF, they will be more likely to stay on the site.

        Redirections

        Add a new sub menu to the Web pages menu in the admin view named, "Redirections." Display a grid of paths and the page that each path should redirect to. The system should detect requests to one of these paths and send a permanent redirect to the path of the mapped page. Multiple redirection paths could be associated with any page, providing a lot more flexibility.

        In general, I'd love to see a lot more grid edit support. Needing to individually open each page to edit things like title and description is very time consuming.

        Resource Not Found Log

        Add another sub menu to the Web pages menu named, "RNF Log". Each time the custom RNF page is displayed (as described above), add the time, resource path, and referrer to a log file (XML?). This tab would show the log in a grid. We could see the individual requests, but also view the grouped values (individual paths & counts, individual referrers & counts). The referrers would help us reach out to others to fix links when viable.

        For any given resource path, we could use the interface to easily map it to a page going forward, which would be added to the Redirections tab.

        There would be buttons to clear and export the log.

      • kchaykakchayka commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Custom URLs don't really help much when the old page was either a (partial) member directory list or an individual member profile. 301 redirects would fix this. 404s are counterproductive.

      • JnelsonmooreJnelsonmoore commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Thanks, it never occurred to me that I could put the extension on the custom URL! I'll try it.

      • Dmitry ButerinDmitry Buterin commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Hi Judy,

        I am not sure why are you saying that .asp or .htm extensions are a problem. You can use Custmo URLs feature in Wild Apricot and have any page with custom Url like contact.asp or about.htm

      • JnelsonmooreJnelsonmoore commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        We can't rename new pages the same as the old pages because the old pages have an .asp or .htm extension. Without something like this, we just totally lose our old search engine standing and have to start over. As other's have commented, old links may be broken with no way to recover. I think this is an important item.

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