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Is bbpress SEO friendly???

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  • chrishajer
    Participant

    @chrishajer

    Yes, it’s pretty friendly, especially with Permalinks on. Are there specific concerns you’re trying to address?

    There are also a couple SEO plugins for bbPress floating around if you’d like to make it even better.

    http://bbpress.org/forums/topic/if-bbpress-had-seo-plugin-like-wordpress

    Looking into this now but your comment confuses me, Chris. Isn’t pretty permalinks on by default (even though the admin indicates that it is not in the options).

    Is this not pretty permalinks?

    http://bbpress.org/forums/topic/is-bbpress-seo-friendly

    Wouldnt it say http://bbpress.org/forums/topic/#thread-2342 or something like that if they weren’t on?


    chrishajer
    Participant

    @chrishajer

    beernews: yes, that’s what pretty permalinks look like. Looks like the options in trunk are now:

    None   …/forums.php?id=1

    Numeric   …/forums/1

    Name based   …/forums/first-forum

    It used to be “none, true, slugs” which correspond to the above options in order. I’m not sure if they’re on by default when you install the latest version. There was talk of creating the mod_rewrite rules automatically when turning permalinks on (like WordPress does right now), but I’m not sure if that happens automatically or not yet.

    But, with name based (the old slugs option) I think the links would be pretty good for SEO. The slugs might still contain stop words or otherwise be too long, but, they’re still pretty good.


    _ck_
    Participant

    @_ck_

    I dare say it’s one of the most SEO friendly forums out of the box (with a few options turned on). Doesn’t do meta keyword and descriptions but I guess most search engines don’t even look at that stuff anymore – would be easy to make a plugin for it though. There’s also a site map plugin available.

    Did the SEO-Meta plugin work? That site appears to be down so perhaps someone could be so kind as to re-up it.

    CK, what are the few SEO options that you have turned on?


    _ck_
    Participant

    @_ck_

    What I meant by that is pretty-permalinks are not turned on by default.

    Technically, it’s not just about pretty links and sitemaps. BBPress can produce much cleaner, better structured page code than certain other forum software.

    Meta descriptions and keywords are still used by search engines where available. Personally I take the tags associated with each topic and add them to the list of keywords. In the keywords meta:

    global $tags;

    if($tags) {

    foreach ($tags as $t) {

    echo $t->raw_tag.', ';

    }

    }

    That said, I still believe that asking whether something is SEO-friendly is asking the wrong question. Work on making forums user-friendly, which then attracts “quality” posts, and the search engines will follow.


    _ck_
    Participant

    @_ck_

    timskii, that makes a nice little plugin:

    function meta_keywords() {
    global $tags;
    if (!empty($tags)) {
    $keywords="";
    foreach ($tags as $t) {$keywords.=$t->raw_tag.', ';}
    echo "n".'<meta NAME="keywords" CONTENT="'.trim($keywords,", ").'">'."n";
    }
    } add_action('bb_head', 'meta_keywords',8);

    Where can the above code be stuffed, _ck_?


    chrishajer
    Participant

    @chrishajer

    You can create a full plugin out of it, then activate the plugin, or _ck_ likes to create a single plugin for all the miscellaneous tweaks or mini-plugins, then add this to that file. Adding this to a file of other mini-plugins means you cannot activate and deactivate this independently. That works for tweaks you will always want to use.

    A plugin header will need to look something like this:

    <?php
    /*
    Plugin Name: bbPress Tweaks
    Plugin URI: http://www.example.com
    Description: Various tweaks to bbPress
    Author: You
    Version: 0.1
    */

    Add the above code after that, and call the file bbpress-tweaks.php, put it in my-plugins, then activate it in the bbPress admin. It should look like this when you’re done:

    <?php
    /*
    Plugin Name: bbPress Tweaks
    Plugin URI: http://www.example.com
    Description: Various tweaks to bbPress
    Author: You
    Version: 0.1
    */
    function meta_keywords() {
    global $tags;
    if (!empty($tags)) {
    $keywords="";
    foreach ($tags as $t) {
    $keywords.=$t->raw_tag.', ';
    }
    echo "n".'<meta NAME="keywords" CONTENT="'.trim($keywords,", ").'">'."n";
    }
    }
    add_action('bb_head', 'meta_keywords',8);
    ?>


    chromestory
    Member

    @chromestory

    I’ve downloaded a plugin and now testing it ..

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