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Unread postby mdneilson » 26 Dec 2011, 12:41

Use this thread for feature requests, and ideas.

To do list:
Javascript theme color changer
Automatic Time Zone/DST
Global Notice system
Live character counter in posts/signature
Ad space (may limit ad space from the forum section - we'll see)
facebook/twitter sharing and/or connect
javascript login form
WYSIWYG posting form
SEO settings
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Re: Site Improvements

Unread postby The_Exiled_One » 26 Dec 2011, 15:13

Change the meta title of the forum index to: "St. Cloud State Husky Hockey Message Board & Forum | SCSU Hockey"

That should be good enough to rank #1 for most relevant search terms.
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Re: Site Improvements

Unread postby mdneilson » 27 Dec 2011, 04:03

The_Exiled_One wrote:Change the meta title of the forum index to: "St. Cloud State Husky Hockey Message Board & Forum | SCSU Hockey"

That should be good enough to rank #1 for most relevant search terms.

Great suggestion. Unfortunately, phpbb doesn't have much for SEO settings, but I changed the 'site description' to match. Actually it doesn't have any SEO settings. There are mods that you can install - I will take a look at them too.
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Re: Site Improvements

Unread postby The_Exiled_One » 27 Dec 2011, 11:52

mdneilson wrote:
The_Exiled_One wrote:Change the meta title of the forum index to: "St. Cloud State Husky Hockey Message Board & Forum | SCSU Hockey"

That should be good enough to rank #1 for most relevant search terms.

Great suggestion. Unfortunately, phpbb doesn't have much for SEO settings, but I changed the 'site description' to match. Actually it doesn't have any SEO settings. There are mods that you can install - I will take a look at them too.

Does it let you adjust the code? If so, all you have to do is insert this...

<title>St. Cloud State Husky Hockey Message Board & Forum | SCSU Hockey</title>

Also, do you have Google Analytics installed? Let me know if you'd like me to help set it up.
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Re: Site Improvements

Unread postby mdneilson » 27 Dec 2011, 20:35

The_Exiled_One wrote:
mdneilson wrote:Great suggestion. Unfortunately, phpbb doesn't have much for SEO settings, but I changed the 'site description' to match. Actually it doesn't have any SEO settings. There are mods that you can install - I will take a look at them too.

Does it let you adjust the code? If so, all you have to do is insert this...

<title>St. Cloud State Husky Hockey Message Board & Forum | SCSU Hockey</title>

Also, do you have Google Analytics installed? Let me know if you'd like me to help set it up.

I haven't dug into the SEO stuff much. The page titles are dynamic to the page, and is best to keep it that way for usability and seo. The site has a google account, but I haven't gotten around to analytics, adsense or adwords yet. I'm waiting to have the remainder of the site up before going too crazy with seo and promotion. Phpbb is pretty barebones, so heavy modding is required. Joomla however seems to be much more friendly, so I may use that end for most of it. Leaving phpbb close to stock will also make upgrading software less of a pain (phpbb doesn't have a plug-in system, just manual source code mods). Eventually, I would like to upgrade to better software, but that is a long way off. Right now I am more concerned with optimization, debugging, and security. Once I get to SEO and ads, I may want some help. I will let you know. Thanks! :)
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Re: Site Improvements

Unread postby mdneilson » 30 Dec 2011, 15:44

Strikethrough is now available for use in posts.
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Re: Site Improvements

Unread postby mdneilson » 04 Jan 2012, 01:49

Site icons have been swapped.
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Re: Site Improvements

Unread postby The_Exiled_One » 27 Jan 2012, 17:21

Can I get analytics access from you? My email is scsufaninexile@yahoo.com. I'd love to be able to look around the site metrics and see if I can offer any help for improving the site/board.
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Re: Site Improvements

Unread postby mdneilson » 28 Jan 2012, 02:17

The_Exiled_One wrote:Can I get analytics access from you? My email is scsufaninexile@yahoo.com. I'd love to be able to look around the site metrics and see if I can offer any help for improving the site/board.

Absolutely! All help is welcome. Info has been emailed.
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Re: Site Improvements

Unread postby LadyHusky17 » 14 Mar 2012, 17:15

Is there a way to embed a video into a post? I'm not familiar with it in the first place but thought I'd ask if there was or suggest it if there wasn't yet.
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Re: Site Improvements

Unread postby mdneilson » 15 Mar 2012, 02:55

LadyHusky17 wrote:Is there a way to embed a video into a post? I'm not familiar with it in the first place but thought I'd ask if there was or suggest it if there wasn't yet.

Great suggestion. I am working on a method to post youtube videos in a reply.
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Re: Site Improvements

Unread postby LadyHusky17 » 28 Nov 2012, 14:14

Noticed some time ago that links given in posts no longer open in a new tab/window. Anyway of putting this back? It's a bit irritating to click on a link to another page and end up closing that page only to realize that it sent you away from the message board to look at that page.

I know, small thing, but after being on many message boards that have links opening in a new tab/window automatically it feels a bit off to use the same window and hit the back button. Plus with the new tab/window opening a person can refer to the contents of the link while still having it up if they want reference to what they're trying to talk about.
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Re: Site Improvements

Unread postby mdneilson » 28 Nov 2012, 17:29

This would explain the rising bounce rate. It should be opening links in a new page already. I'll take a look at it tonight.

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Re: Site Improvements

Unread postby motox » 30 Nov 2012, 13:32

Mark, not sure if you've had a chance to work on it but just wanted to give you a heads up that the links are still opening in the same window. Thanks for all your work.
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Re: Site Improvements

Unread postby mdneilson » 30 Nov 2012, 16:07

motox wrote:Mark, not sure if you've had a chance to work on it but just wanted to give you a heads up that the links are still opening in the same window. Thanks for all your work.

Oops. I forgot to commit the changes. It should work now.
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