Search engine optimization
Navigation, header and SEO titles
WebHare 4.34 adds standardized (but still opt-in) fields to separately control the titles used to refer to a file:
This is the title that should be used when referring to this file in navigation - it's how other parts of the site will generally list it in paths, lists and trees. This title is shown in the Publisher file lists and object properties as 'title' and as 'Navigation title' in a SEO export.
The navigation title is also the fallback for the SEO title if not explicitly set, and is always enabled. In
the database, this is the
title field in
system.fs_objects. It's available as
pagetitle in your webdesign templates
This is the title to use in the
<title> element of the
<head> of the page and is usually the title shown by search
engines and used for browser tabs/bookmarks. It is available as
seotitle in your webdesign templates
and code. If the
seotitle is not set in the file settings, it falls back to
To enable, add or update your siteprofile's baseproperties:
<baseproperties seotitle="true" />
Migrating custom fields to these titles
You'll need to write a conversion script that sets the
seotitle in the
http://www.webhare.net/xmlns/publisher/seosettings instance. Keep in mind that these fields are only available on files,
if you did something meaningful with them at the folder level you'll still need to implement that yourself.
After that, ensure
<baseproperties seotitle="true" /> is set and update your webdesign code as needed.
You can control the meta robots tag rendered by WebHare by setting the webdesign's
robotstag property. The robot properties can only be updated in the preparation phase
of a template.
You can enable the user to modify SEO settings by adding the seotab= property to the baseproperties, ie.
<baseproperties seotab="true" />. This will enable the SEO tab on the necessary files and folders.
Setting noindex/noarchive and/or nofollow on a folder will recurse this setting to all contained files and folders and will not allow users to disabled this on a file or folder basis. The webdesign code can still override these settings.
You may want to consider disabling the seotab property on dynamic pages, especially if they will take care
of these properties themselves or expand to multiple pages for which a single canonical URL won't make sense.
You can also use the
<baseproperties noindex/nofollow/noarchive settings to enforce these settings on
certain files (eg 'noindex' on search pages). Alternatively, you can use the
to limit the access to the SEO tab.
You can also directly set noindex/nofollow/noarchive settings on the
Migrating away from the consilio robots plugin
<robots xmlns="http://www.webhare.net/xmlns/consilio" /> has been deprecated
and is no longer needed to add a meta-robots tag. To migrate away from this tag:
- Check your code for
webdesign->GetPlugin("http://www.webhare.net/xmlns/consilio", "robots")calls and rewrite the code to update
- Add or update the
<baseproperties />and set the attribute
- Replace any
<robots xmlns="http://www.webhare.net/xmlns/consilio" />references in your siteprofiles that were setting noindex, nofollow or noarchive with a
- Remove any
<robots xmlns="http://www.webhare.net/xmlns/consilio" />references from your siteprofiles that were not setting any property