Agreed that some URL writing amazon style would be worthwhile, ditto
inward linking from other sites with high page-rank. Some other
suggestions from me would be:
1. Page order matters. In the standard templates the actual page
content doesn't start until halfway through the source code. The rest
of the stuff above that is just the standard navigation that appears
on the right in many Guides, such as Recent Changes. This ordering
should ideally be swapped in the templates, with page content first,
following by any generic stuff. Obviously the actual positioning of
the elements visually can be done with CSS. At the moment we have the
worst of both worlds(*): content positioned on the left, but actually
further down in the code than the stuff that's positioned on the
* actually London has this sorted - credit where credits due ;)
2. Titles Attributes on Links. Especially for things like Categories
and Locales. This should be a 1minute hack, and can't do any harm.
3. Inter-guide Linking. Not even anything fancy like wiki-links across
guides, but maybe even just links in footers to other guides nearby.
We all have good pagerank, so lets use it.
4. Working the Metatags even further. At the moment the contents of
our (as in the OGMK) description tags is pretty sparse, and wholly
dependent on the contents of the "Description of this node" field.
Pumping the first 150 chars of the article content into the
description metatag after whatever the "description of this node"
field contains, would give search engines more to go on.
5. More site-wide navigation. I like what OGL has done with the
category-style navigation on the Node List pages. Something like this
on every page would be great from a SEO and usability perspective.
OK, hope these are some help.
On 09/01/07, Dave Page <grimoire(a)sparky.ox.compsoc.net> wrote:
On Tue, Jan 09, 2007 at 11:33:11AM +0000, David
On Mon, Jan 08, 2007 at 11:39:50PM +0000, Dave
> Perhaps it would be a good idea to implement
a trackback feature in
> OpenGuides? I think I RT'd an enhancement ticket about this, but feel
> free to add it if I didn't, since I don't have my login details handy at
> the moment.
Just to clarify, what exactly is a
"trackback"? I'm not entirely clear
what the difference between a "trackback" and a "link" is.
It's like a link, only automatic. So J Random Blogger links to Node X in
his blog entry, and his blog software does some magic, and the OpenGuide
is informed that there's a link to Node X from Entry Y. It's often used
for the "last 5 pages linking to this page" type stuff, and is a useful
way (modulo spam) of improving linkiness.
Dave Page <grimoire(a)sparky.ox.compsoc.net>
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