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What to do before going live



9:03 am on Oct 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Hi All

We have setup a new phpBB2 forum and are ready to go live; but what do we have to consider regarding SE's and specific Google. I do not want to get in a situation where we get penilized just because we have a forum. Do we have to exclude pages via the robot.txt? The forum URL's also does not look very SE friendly; do we need to do something about that?

Any other advices will be appreciated!


1:02 pm on Oct 16, 2005 (gmt 0)

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phpBB generates a lot of duplicate content, a "hot issue" nowadays, I think....

And without heavy modding, this cannot be avoided...

Ofcourse you have to disable session id's, or else you board will not get indexed at all...

You could add a google sitemap generator..

I recently added this to my robots.txt:

User-agent: Googlebot
Disallow: /forum/search.php?*
Disallow: /forum/groupcp.php?*
Disallow: /forum/privmsg.php?*
Disallow: /forum/posting.php?*
Disallow: /forum/modcp.php?*
Disallow: /forum/login.php?*

I keep experimenting with phpBB, to make it right, adding my own spamfilters, and "SEO" hacks...

I have a few, sticky me if you want to see....


1:05 pm on Oct 16, 2005 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member

Make sure you pay extra close attention to security. Why not go with Vbulletin?


1:31 pm on Oct 16, 2005 (gmt 0)

10+ Year Member

I do several things, some already mentioned.

I remove session ids. I add a google sitemap mod that automatically creates a sitemap for the forum. I add a mod that also creates a regular sitemap for the main pages of the forums, and another for the actual forum messages.

I also have some of my own modifcations that set up title, description and keyword tags thoroughout the forums.

I would recommend not using any kind of url rewrite mod for phpbb. It is unnecessary to get your messages indexed, and actually creates more duplicate urls.

I think those are the basics I do.. I do a few other things as primers, but has more to do with the way I use things than any kind of general set up.

Personally, I started with the ABLE2KNow SEO mod, but eventually just morphed it into my own set of modifcations. Like I said though, if you use it, I would not do the url rewrite part of it.


2:22 pm on Oct 16, 2005 (gmt 0)

10+ Year Member

I also replace the text on the footer "powered by phpbb" with gif image with the words "powered by phpbb". I believe a lot of hackers find phpbb boards by searching for this term.

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