From today, when you create or edit a Page, you’ll see a field for specifying its URL address. New Pages you create will automatically have a URL like /pages/here-is-the-title. You can modify this and change the value after /pages/ if you wish. Even better, you can choose a completely custom URL if you prefer. If you’ve created an “About Us” Page that tells people all about your network, for example, you can now choose to have it appear at examplenetwork.ning.com/about. This will make it both more memorable and more findable by visitors and search engines. The best part is that if you already have an “About Us” page like this on your network and it has a URL like /page/about-1, you can now point it to /about. Anyone who visits the original URL will automatically be redirected to the new one. You can have up to 50 Pages with root-level custom URLs (example.com/something) on your network.
If Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is important to you, you’ll be happy to hear that each Page now has an option for you to manage the title and meta tags of that Page manually. The title and meta description for a Page are determined automatically based on its content; in most cases, this provides good results when it comes to SEO. If you are an advanced user and want more control, you can now specify the contents of the title tag and the meta description tag directly. If you’re trying to improve your network’s search engine rankings and organic search traffic, this will surely be an indispensable tool.
Finally, we’ve made some updates to the Tab Manager, now called Tabs & Pages in the Admin menu, to simplify it and make it easier for you to connect tabs to existing features and Pages. You can try it out (and view all of these Page changes) by navigating to the Tabs & Pages section of your Dashboard, creating a new tab, and selecting the option to create a new Page.
We’re excited to see how you’ll use these powerful new options on your network!