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[Official mod] Sitemap
« on: September 21, 2011, 05:52:20 AM »
The development team is considering adding sitemap in future versions.
There is already a sitemap mod available, but we would like to hear your opinions about adding this as standard feature.

What do you all think?
« Last Edit: October 15, 2011, 09:03:47 PM by Norv »

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Re: Built-in sitemap
« Reply #1 on: September 21, 2011, 06:04:19 AM »
Meh I dunno. Never used one, so I don't care :P
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Re: Built-in sitemap
« Reply #2 on: September 21, 2011, 08:13:54 AM »
Current mode covers basic needs but if you go into SEO you need more details like this board need .7 this need .4 this is archive board so put .1 etc... If team wants to add sitemap to core they need to do something covers all needs.
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Re: Built-in sitemap
« Reply #3 on: September 21, 2011, 09:09:19 AM »
Well, what do you consider "all needs"?

and please explain what you mean by .7, .4, .1...
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Re: Built-in sitemap
« Reply #4 on: September 21, 2011, 10:27:55 AM »
There is priorities in Sitemap, (SD's sitemap has basic priority settings) but there must be some settings like give X priority to this board (priority based on % but you can also call it 0.1)

%10 = 0.1 to %100 = 1.0 also maybe topic priority based on

is Hot - is locked - is sticky

if hot gets %x more priority | if locked gets %x less priority | if sticky gets %x more priority etc...
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Re: Built-in sitemap
« Reply #5 on: September 30, 2011, 08:38:33 AM »
In other words, sitemap also lets webmaster to inform search engines that which pages to visit often and which pages to ignore, eg. visit to a single topic daily is not necessary however, particular modes need to be indexed every few hours as it get lots of new topics.
In WP, there is sitemap plugin which allows same.. so as Antes says, should have option to set priority, should be easy, its like appending custom values in xml of sitemap.

I would like to suggest that every board should have its own sitemap,so that sitemap can be divided easily.

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Re: Built-in sitemap
« Reply #6 on: October 05, 2011, 01:11:59 PM »
I don't agree with this. Forums don't need site maps. A forum is a sitemap, and should even be designed that way.

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Re: Built-in sitemap
« Reply #7 on: October 06, 2011, 02:13:11 AM »
A website can do good even without a sitemap but including sitemap is good idea, search engine giant like Google, Yahoo , Bing.. now all use common format. .ie. xml sitemap. It is small but can be good feature.

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Re: Built-in sitemap
« Reply #8 on: October 06, 2011, 05:20:44 AM »
I would love to see a sitemap built into SMF in the future. I always install the sitemap mod and considers it almost a must have, so bulding that functionality in the SMF core seems like a very good idea.
 

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Re: Built-in sitemap
« Reply #9 on: October 06, 2011, 05:27:19 AM »
I agree, I would like to see a sitemap as standard functionality, maybe not to link all topics(maybe optional if this is added) but at minimum its would list all boards and child boards that are visible to guests. Also maybe add a variable to the board create/modify page so that you can give that board a priority for the sitemap.

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Re: Built-in sitemap
« Reply #10 on: October 09, 2011, 04:09:53 AM »
Sitemap integration is a welcome idea. I support it 100%.

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Re: Built-in sitemap
« Reply #11 on: October 09, 2011, 04:01:16 PM »
Sitemaps are important, even for forums.  I wrote a php one for my SMF in a few hours. For my previous forum, based on YaBB, my sitemaps took ages to write ;D

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Re: [Official mod] Sitemap
« Reply #12 on: October 19, 2011, 01:22:22 PM »
It would be nice to see this as a default feature.
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Re: [Official mod] Sitemap
« Reply #13 on: October 25, 2011, 01:41:49 PM »
I think anything to enhance the SEO features of SMF is needed. :) I would use it!

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Re: [Official mod] Sitemap
« Reply #14 on: October 25, 2011, 01:45:45 PM »
I think it'd be mere bloat.

If a site is just an SMF forum and nothing else, it'll be totally superflous.

I suspect that the majority of SMF forum sites are just the forum.

So, forcing the majority to have it is, from where I see it, wrong.

SMF should attempt to be as lean'n'mean as it can be.

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Re: [Official mod] Sitemap
« Reply #15 on: October 25, 2011, 02:23:03 PM »
Yeah maybe your right... I mean all the other forum software is enhancing their SEO features, why should SMF do that! It would be too modern of them... lol

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Re: [Official mod] Sitemap
« Reply #16 on: October 25, 2011, 02:43:47 PM »
meh.... you mean "All the other forum software is adding crap to what people THINK is SEO"

What do you think is SEO anyway?   Certainly not URLs (nope)... 
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Re: [Official mod] Sitemap
« Reply #17 on: October 25, 2011, 02:55:29 PM »
:D I just had to mouth a bit... I know SEO isn't just about URLs or Site Maps. I just think it would be a good "optional" feature.

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Re: [Official mod] Sitemap
« Reply #18 on: October 27, 2011, 01:44:11 PM »
I think it'd be mere bloat.

If a site is just an SMF forum and nothing else, it'll be totally superflous.

I suspect that the majority of SMF forum sites are just the forum.

So, forcing the majority to have it is, from where I see it, wrong.

SMF should attempt to be as lean'n'mean as it can be.
I agree - those who want it can write their own (php is dead easy, never used php before, and had a working sitemap up in hours) or use a premade mod.

SMF should concentrate on its core functionality, the forum :)

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Re: [Official mod] Sitemap
« Reply #19 on: November 07, 2011, 06:48:38 AM »
Can you folks - those who would like to see this feature in SMF - please point out to me what does your sitemap contain, or what do you think it will usually contain?

I agree, I would like to see a sitemap as standard functionality, maybe not to link all topics(maybe optional if this is added) but at minimum its would list all boards and child boards that are visible to guests. Also maybe add a variable to the board create/modify page so that you can give that board a priority for the sitemap.

This is the board index page though.

I admit I don't see why a sitemap should belong in SMF - meaning in a forum package, although I can understand why it is good to have a fully grown site (with a forum and other pages or even software). It is indeed good to have when you have a number of additional pages. Am I missing something?
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