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HTTPS should be free for all sites

Status: New Idea
by MarijkeD on ‎01-24-2017 11:53 AM - last edited on ‎01-24-2017 12:31 PM by Community Manager

To rank higher on google, HTTPS (secure site) is a must. Other website builders such as Jimdo now offer this free for every level of their paid subscription sites. (see: https://www.jimdo.com/2016/12/13/stay-secure-with-https-on-your-website/)

When is Weebly planning to do this? If not soon, a lot of people will go to other providers!

Changing the Filename of uploaded images (For better SEO)

Status: Hurray! We're Done!
by kvdweijden on ‎05-25-2016 10:46 AM - last edited on ‎06-02-2016 03:27 PM by Employee Moderator

Hey, 

 

Google has a lot of ways to check if your site is relevant to the keywords that users are searching with. One of these ways is to check the URL path of images. For example, when a page would be www.example.com/candle.jpg, the image "candle" would appear in google images and also Google recognises this page "example.com" does something with candles, and therefore the pageranking will increase on the word "candle". 

 

When you upload an image to your Weebly page, Weebly changes the name of the image you're uploading. So when I upload an image with the name "Candle.jpg", Weebly changes this to for eaxmple "2373015_orig.jpg". This is not the most optimal thing for SEO. Allthough it's possible to change the ALT tag of the image (you can make ALT="Candle"), it would be much better if the filename itself would be candle.jpg as well. This would realy fill google images with your images. 

 

So for the best ranking in search engines it is absolutely necessary to be able to control the name of the images. I sugest Weebly is making it possible to control the filename for a better SEO! 

Status: Hurray! We're Done!

Hi, @kvdweijden!

 

Thank you so much for your suggestion. Our Product Team loved the idea, and they have just made it a reality. Please check out the new feature, and let me know if you have any additional feedback.

 

Thanks again, and enjoy your day!

Erin

Weebly Community Manager

Hi Team,
I have been using weebly for more than 4 years now and its awesome,i always gets support from you guys,But with the changing timeframe we also have to change.
I have planned to create Facebook instant article And Google AMP Project for Weebly project from blog RSS feed,But due to some problem Rss feed post is not getting validated in Instant Artiles tool,Maybe due to RSS Version,We at weebly still using Rss 1.0 but most of the web are using 2.0 So please help me out into this.

 

Regards,

Pawan Jha

Automatic item update on Google Merchant

Status: Duplicate
by Bang on ‎03-15-2017 04:35 PM - last edited on ‎03-16-2017 10:48 AM by Community Manager

It would be a significant improvement of the shop part of Weebly, if the system was compatible with Google Merchant. The possibility for google to get microdata is a requirement for this type of (quite efficient marketing) to work.

As of now I am considering if I need to find another platform for my shop, since this type of marketing is currently impossible.

I really want to stick with the great Weebly system, but this kind of marketing is essential for my business.

Please consider making it possible to use it.

All the best

Nicolaj Bang

Status: Duplicate

Generate Permalinks for Scheduled Blog Posts

Status: New Idea
by MrsHallWays on ‎12-19-2016 04:23 PM - last edited on ‎12-20-2016 09:18 AM by Community Manager

Currently, we can only get a secret draft link of any post before it's published, and once the post goes live, that draft link doesn't take anyone to the live post. We need to get a permalink so that we can share the link with others and/or schedule promotions in advance of the post going live. Other blogging platforms do this and it's very useful.

Permalink for scheduled blog posts

Status: New Idea
by akagarwal on ‎12-03-2016 11:22 AM - last edited on ‎12-04-2016 09:00 AM by Community Manager

A key feature of blogging is linking blog permalinks to help each other out and many blog posts are scheduled. Weebly needs to provide permalinks for scheduled blog posts so that others can use them on their scheduled blog posts so that they can all go live one after the other and be linked.

 

I know other bloggng sites allow this feature but weebly currently does not.

 

Thanks!

Please Fix Sitemap Problems for Better SEO

Status: New Idea
by BizTechCoaching on ‎03-09-2017 08:21 AM - last edited on ‎03-09-2017 10:51 AM by Community Manager

When I switched my website to Weebly, I ran into some indexing problems that were partially due to the Weebly-generated sitemap. As I further investigated, I noticed a range of issues with the Weebly sitemap that should be corrected:

 

1) Homepage is listed as www.mysite.com/index.html rather than www.mysite.com in sitemap.
Here's why that matters (technical explanation): This led to my homepage not being indexed by Google and it kept the non-www version of my homepage in search results while removing the sitelinks that used to show up under my homepage since they were all updated to the www version of the urls which no longer matched the homepage. My solution was to manually create a sitemap that just listed the homepage and I uploaded it to Google Search Console. That ultimately worked after a few days so now the www version of my homepage has been indexed and is showing up in search results instead of the non-www version. The downside is that I lost that sitelinks that used to show up under my homepage. I'm hoping that they will show up again eventually but it's unfortunate that switching to Weebly has had a negative impact.

 

2) Update date/time (lastmod) should be page-specific but all time stamps get changed to the last time the website is published. This does not give Google accurate information about the frequency of when content is being updated and will lead to Google simply ignoring it eventually. The real issue is that Weebly does not allow publishing by individual page, so this likely can't be corrected until larger platform changes are made.

 

3) No Priority Field - the homepage should have the highest priority and then sub-pages should have a reduced priority based on their importance.

 

4) Parent/Child hierarchy not reflected in sitemap. This is a larger issue about URL structure that impacts the sitemap.
For example, if you offer 3 services and each has a page, then you should have www.mysite.com/services and www.mysite.com/services/service1. With Weebly, it just shows up as www.mysite.com/services and www.mysite.com/service1. Google can better index the pages if it can understand the hierarchical structure of the site.
Here is a related post on this topic: https://community.weebly.com/t5/Vote-on-Features/Better-SEO-Web-pages-organised-into-folders/idi-p/1...

 

I realize this is a very technical request but it matters, especially if you are switching over your site from a service that has a different URL structure.

 

 

Having .html at the end of every page seems antiquated makes the site seem less professional. I understand that the pages will still load and redirect if the .html is left off, but it would look much cleaner if they could be left off completely.

 

I would also like to see the option to have the 'www' removed from the URLs. Rather than redirect the non-www version to the www version, I would like to have the opposite.

HTTPS Encryption / SSL Option for all Packages - SEO Best Practice

Status: New Idea
by BizTechCoaching ‎09-29-2016 01:52 PM - edited ‎11-09-2016 08:39 PM

Now that Chrome has been updated to basically shame websites that are not secured, it would be good to have the option to purchase and enable HTTPS/SSL for any paid site since this is a best practice for SEO. I saw in another community post that there are no plans at this time to make this option available for anything below the Business package but I hope that is reconsidered if there is enough user support. Weebly is a great platform and keeps getting better, but it would be unfortunate to have to accept that using Weebly means that you will not be able to adhere to certain SEO best practices.

 

For reference, here is the post from the Google Webmaster Central Blog back in 2014: HTTPS as a ranking signal

Alt Tags

Status: New Idea
by Seyavi on ‎03-02-2017 07:37 PM - last edited on ‎03-05-2017 08:28 AM by Community Manager

Just please give us a clear alt tag. Why not?

ecommerce product images need alt tags

Status: New Idea
by wmgilligan on ‎12-29-2016 08:36 AM - last edited on ‎12-29-2016 11:17 AM by Community Manager

The product image should have an alt tag - even a default someothing. Not having anything is not good SEO and I believe not good W3C useabilty either.

Add H1 header tags to help pages rank on Google

Status: New Idea
by gle7211 on ‎05-25-2016 01:01 AM - last edited on ‎08-04-2016 09:49 AM by Community Manager

Please re-engineer Weebly's page title system to use an H1 header tag as the page's title. This is critical to SEO and a serious issue for customers who care about where their pages rank in Google. If I had known about this serious deficiency I probably would have not chosen Weebly. Customers deserve the best SEO practices from Weebly in the way it translates its drag and drop editing into code.

 

In fact, please have Weebly hire an SEO expert to look over Weebly's entire system to incorporate best SEO practices. This H1 tag deficiency isn't the only problem that needs to be rectified. It appears SEO wasn't on the radar when Weebly was developed. 

 

http://www.verticalmeasures.com/resources/seo-tutorial-videos/using-h1-tag-improves-search-engine-ra...

SSL should be in the PRO account, it is going to be a basic need in SEO!!

Status: New Idea
by kvdweijden on ‎02-02-2017 02:04 AM - last edited on ‎02-02-2017 10:43 AM by Community Manager

Google is going to rank sites with a SSL certificate better. Google allready does this, but it's going to be way more important in 2017. 

 

At this moment, the only option with Weebly to have an SSL certificate on your website is to upgrade your account, which means you'll pay like 12 dollars/month extra. That is 144 each year, and that while a SSL certificatie could be free when using things like "lets encrypt" of cheap via other ways (like 10 each year).

 

This is understandable when you are running a webshop and therefore need a whole lot of additional functions in Weebly (and also the SSL certificate), but not having a SSL certificatie is now going to be a big issue in SEO also.... 

 

I am running 15 websites whith weebly and I am fine with my PRO account at this moment (not doing webshops), but would only need an upgrade for the SSL certificatie. This because of Google is going to push back the ranking of websites without SSL. So at this point, I have 2 choises: 

1: Going to pay like 144 each year per site (2160 each year for my company)

2: Moving my websites to another system like wordpress or others. 

 

Well.. Paying 2160 extra for only adding SSL certificates to my websites while this COULD be free.... I don't feel very comfortable with that (as you may understand ;-) ). 

 

I would strongly advise Weebly to make SSL certificates available in the basic or pro accounts, because of this is going to be some kind of website-basic-need in the future.Not only for myself, but for every website which is willing to be found in Google. Google is even gonna warn people that they are visiting a website without SSL... well.. what would your customers (without much knoledge about internet) think about a website where they are "warned" that is it's not secure....

 

I think this is going to be a major argument for lots of people to choose another company to host their websites. So would it please be possible to put this in at least the pro accounts? 

Better SEO: Web pages organised into folders

Status: New Idea
by babybigfox ‎06-17-2016 11:53 AM - edited ‎08-11-2016 12:16 PM

I know that you can sort pages into parent and child in the weebly editor, but this hierachy does not show in your sitemap - all the urls are in the same folder and there is no seperation.

 

For friendly urls, automatic redirects could be put in place to save the user typing out the whole url.

 

For example...

At the moment...

  • A URL looks like this example.com/subpage4, which looks nice but has no hierachy

It should...

  • Have the urls sorted into folders according to the page's parent and child folders and files, like example.com/page2/subpage4
  • And then have a redirect from example.com/subpage4 to example.com/page2/subpage4

 

Google understands these URLS better too.

 

Weebly needs this feature to match up to it's competitors.

Ability to "leverage browser caching" (Test My Website with Google)

Status: New Idea
by ACK123 on ‎07-29-2016 04:57 PM - last edited on ‎08-03-2016 03:23 PM by Employee Moderator

I ran my site through Test My Website with Google. One of the recommendations was to "leverage browser caching". I contacted Weebly for help on how to do this, but they said it's not possible.

 

Please improve whatever Weebly's code is so that browser caching is leveraged, or give us the ability to do it ourselves.

 

Thanks.

Remove site title from SEO title

Status: New Idea
by EYES on ‎09-21-2016 08:09 PM - last edited on ‎10-20-2016 06:16 PM by Employee Moderator

Now in browser head line, Title appears as (site title - page title) and it is little long.

I want one option for off the show site tilte for displaying just page title.

Thanks

Meta Keyword Per Blog Post

Status: New Idea
by Hausofboo on ‎07-04-2016 12:13 AM - last edited on ‎07-07-2016 05:19 PM by Employee Moderator

Hi Everyone,

I've been search high and low for options to input meta keywords per blog post to improve SEO. Not for Page but for individual blog post. Customer Support has confirmed this feature is currently not available and I think this would be a useful feature to add into future release - hopefully in near future. Smiley Happy

 

 

 

 

Blogging tags underneath each post

Status: New Idea
by zarahoffman on ‎07-25-2016 07:57 AM

Could Weebly show tags underneath each post?

Ability to Minify JavaScript (Test My Website with Google)

Status: New Idea
by ACK123 on ‎07-29-2016 04:58 PM - last edited on ‎08-03-2016 03:23 PM by Employee Moderator

I ran my site through Test My Website with Google. One of the recommendations was to "minify JavaScript". I contacted Weebly for help on how to do this, but they said it's not possible.

 

Please improve whatever Weebly's code is so that JavaScript is minimized, or give us the ability to do it ourselves.

 

Thanks.

Ability to Optimize Images (Test My Website with Google)

Status: New Idea
by ACK123 on ‎07-29-2016 05:02 PM - last edited on ‎08-03-2016 03:23 PM by Employee Moderator

I ran my site through Test My Website with Google. One of the recommendations was to "optimize images". I contacted Weebly for help on how to do this, but they said it's not possible.

 

Please adjust Weebly's code so that it optimizes images, or give us the ability to do it ourselves.

 

Thanks.