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Updates to Pages Part Two

Today, we’re making Pages a lot more powerful for Plus and Pro networks. Pages have always been a great way to add useful content to your network like a list of resources, community guidelines, or an embedded third-party application. Following on from the privacy and design updates we made a couple of weeks ago, we’ve added the ability for you to customize URLs, directly control the title and metadata for SEO purposes, and inject custom Javascript and CSS into the <head> tag on individual Pages.

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!

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  • I am new to Ning and I am struggling with creating a Page (or a Tab) where I would be able to add different Posts & Articles. I would like for these Posts & Articles to be listed in a summary format under that Tab and then the user can read the Full Post further on. Can someone point me in the right direction please.

    • Notes?

      • I've tried Notes, but it does not allow for displaying all Posts & Articles in a summary format (possibly w/thumbnail and an option to Read Further). Is there a way to do it or is that something that would require custom code?

  • Any chance that we could get unlimited custom urls for an additional monthly fee?

    Thanks (A lready hit 50))

    • No, but think we'll be bumping this to 100 pretty soon. That will be the absolute max for performance reasons.

      • CAN THIS BE DONE YET  inject into head of platform pages MAIN PAGE PHIL ?

         

          • how long before we can phil ?

            • Hi Calvin,

              This isn't something that we're working on right now, so I can't provide a timeline for it. It is something that we want to provide though. Can you let me know how you want to use this?

              Thanks,

              Phil

              • messing round with Dublin rdf phil as metatags

                more info here looking=

                DC-dothttp://www.ukoln.ac.uk/metadata/dcdot/ (UKOLN, United Kingdom) free online tool
                This service will retrieve a Web page and automatically generate Dublin Core metadata, either as HTML tags or as RDF/XML, suitable for embedding in the ... section of the page. The generated metadata can be edited using the form provided and converted to various other formats (USMARC, SOIF, IAFA/ROADS, TEI headers, GILS, IMS or RDF) if required. Optional, context sensitive, help is available while editing.
                looking for best way implement   LSI Latent Semantic Indexing 

                 

                • Got it; that's very helpful, thanks Calvin!

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