SEO with Sitejet
SEO-friendly URL structure with multiple languages
For the most part you don't need to worry about your URLs too much, since Sitejet builds a structure automatically as you create new pages. Have a look at the following two images to illustrate this topic:
When set to automatically, each page in the page manager will be automatically added to the menu element. The corresponding URLs are created automatically (see image below). Notice the English tab in the page manager. Learn more about adding another language to your project here: Multilanguage. Let's have a look at what it looks like on the live website:
We navigated to the Courses page. Here you can see the URL structure created by Sitejet:
- Since we created another language all pages will get the corresponding language code added to the URL; having multilanguage disabled the /en/ would be omitted.
- The page URL specified in the page manager will be automatically added to the URL as well (in this case it's /courses)
Tipp: When creating a new page in the page manager the name will automatically create the URL. However, you are still able to change either one of them and even make them differ from each other - Sitejet will create the URL according to the entry in the URL input, but might display another name according to the Name input, which then will be displayed as your menu item. Changing name and URL later on is not a problem, just make sure to adjust all links to the according page.
Learn more about creating sub navigation.
Hiding subpages from google
There are cases when you don't want google to find and include a subpage of yours in the search rankings. Since you preferably want this to happen to the most important subpages it is a good idea to omit the ones with the least important content, e.g. Legal Notices and perhaps subpages with additional but not crucial information.
You can easily set a subpage to be noindexed with only one mouseclick!
Open up your page manager by clicking on Pages in your top toolbar. Once opened you can access the SEO & details below each page name and URL. Here you can enter separate and subpage-specific SEO information like title, keywords and description. There are 2 checkboxes, too.
- Noindex: when ticked, this will prevent Google from indexing the page
- Navigation: when ticked, this will show the subpage as a menu item. (Note: the menu element will use these pages to build a navigation when it is set to "Automatically")
Using these settings you can decide which contents will be quickly accessible and prioritized, whether it's onpage or when searched for on Google.
About sitemaps on Sitejet websites
Sitemaps for websites are great tools to make search engine's jobs easier. It will enable them to simply crawl a website and find all the pages and their priorities and thus create more reliable search results.
Adding a sitemap to Sitejet websites isn't necessary at all, since Sitejet creates the sitemaps automatically. You can access a sitemap by simply adding /sitemap.xml after your temporary preview domain or final domain name.