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    Devra Polack commented  · 

    Wow, this has been on the wishlist since 2010! 10 years! 76 votes! Please implement. It's not sustainable for organization volunteers to be creating technical redirect pages, or to have to hire admins to do so just to be able to use sound marketing and SEO practices.

    Agreed, we would like some transparency as to why this much-requested feature has not been implemented or when you will do so.

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    Devra Polack commented  · 

    I would have to agree that the SEO issue--and general difficulty promoting member pages in general-- is the most important issue to my clients.

    I have been keeping tabs on the live road map, and I have to say, plans for SEO are really not featured there prominently. "SEO enhancements - 301 redirects" does not take care of either member profile indexing or providing a sitemap.xml (or equivalent) index to make this compatible with search engines and 3rd party SEO tools.

    Surely there have been more than 10 requests for that to make the list somewhere?

    Many thanks.

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    Devra Polack commented  · 

    Wow. This is actually a really important integrated feature: that your public membership pages be indexable and SEO optimized.

    Truly, this might be a deal-breaker for my client who has been evaluating W.A. this past month. It has many integrated and attractive features for the price point. But for member pages to be SEO-optimized? Is crucial.

    At the heart of what membership-based websites need is for their members to be FINDABLE to the public. This is what drives membership! So this means a) needing simple, name-based url's, for ease of publicizing as well as SEO; b) for public member profile page content to be indexed; and c) for there to be an updated search tool that integrates google maps (or alternate) and offers a zip code proximity search (I realize this is a different wish list item/thread, just wanted to mention it here because it is related--driving the public to find the members near them).

    I'm pretty shocked to read that counter pretty much all web/mobile/internet trends trying to stay current with ever-changing SEO algorithms to help drive traffic, and given W.A.'s real focus on membership-based websites, that this is so low priority.

    This really might be the deal-breaker. I don't think my client can likely, in good conscience, move from their current website to W.A. if it will mean their clients losing search engine rankings. Which would be really sad, as we've invested a lot of time into thoroughly evaluating the amazing things W.A. can do.

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    My client, too (currently evaluating the software) needs this as a feature to offer members. The current site they're using offers it, so while membership self-mgt. is otherwise far superior and easy to use in W.A. than their current system.--to move to WA would be a serious downgrade to them if they can't maintain that feature for members.

    Definitely same w/SEO indexing, which I've commented on separately in a different thread...

    Many thanks.

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    My client is also requesting zip code proximity as part of the public member search as an integrated feature in future versions of WA.

    We had some of their members evaluate WA and also polled their membership--whose dues pay for the organization's infrastructure--on the most important features of their membership-based website.

    Order of importance of these features in their compiled ranking:

    1) easy member URL (as several of them use this as their practices' web page)
    2) SEO indexed member pages and directory
    3) Zip code proximity search (and map) integrated into public member search
    4) Public member search gadget on homepage

    Member fees are what keeps this organization going, so being able to provide these features are pretty important to drive membership.

    Many thanks, sorry for the deluge in tying these issues together on the various feature request pages.

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