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database driven Alpha websites and SEO

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  • database driven Alpha websites and SEO

    Just finishing my first Alpha 5 web site, getting ready to publish for the first time, so been investigating how are search engines going to find my pages and I am quite worried. The web site I have created is composed completely of A5W pages and the content is completely database driven. So I have no static pages, all my page content is dynamically created from a MySQL database.

    I have read that search engine crawlers actually go and read your links and open your pages to read then, but even my links and menus are stored in the database. Will the WAS generate the pages for the crawlers? I do not think so, according to Google they do not deal with dynamic pages. So is there a way to store the generated pages on the host as HTML that would not be executed and be there only for the crawlers?

    Open to any ideas, Any suggestions?
    Juan Silva
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    Re: database driven Alpha websites and SEO

    From what you describe, your site will be indexed fine. Content, even though data-driven, it still page-content when the browser is opened to that page. You SHOULD create a sitemap.xml that tells the crawler what pages to crawl; and a robots.txt that tells them what not to crawl.

    Now, there is a problem with all ajax-enabled components and SEO, and this may affect you too. If you open page X and it has a grid with 10 items on it, the content in those ten items will be indexed. But Google is not going to crawl any subsequent page, the little 1 2 3 links at the bottom of the grid. Those are not "links" they are ajax callback buttons. Anyone with content in a tabbedUI, other than the home page, is not going to get proper SEO because the crawlers will not find the content.
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    • #3
      Re: database driven Alpha websites and SEO

      Good to know, Thank you Steve.

      Juan Silva
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