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Here comes the news! We are very excited to announce the long-awaited big update of the SEO Suite Ultimate. This update includes code optimization, bug fixes and new cool features. Let’s check what new features were added.

Category URL Optimization

Optimized URLs For Product And Category – this setting allows to shorten URLs of categories removing parent-categories from sub-category URLs.

Examples:

Original URLs:

Category: http://ex.com/apparel/shoes/
Product:   http://ex.com/apparel/shoes/clogs.html

Optimized URLs:

Category: http://ex.com/shoes/
Product:   http://ex.com/shoes/clogs.html

Product Reviews

Previous versions had two URLs for product reviews:

/coalesce-functioning-on-impatience-t-shirt/reviews/category/apparel

and

/coalesce-functioning-on-impatience-t-shirt/reviews

It could cause duplicate issues. We kept the 2nd variant only to ensure this won’t cause any problems.

Meta title and meta description of product reviews pages have the “Review for” text in the beginning of the meta title and meta description tags. It helps to fix duplicates in meta tags for these pages.

The v3.11.0 allows you to specify the canonical tag for product reviews pages. Now you can decide to point the canonical tag to a product page or to a product review page.

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Layered Navigation

We did some improvements for this part of Magento. Now you can disable the canonical tag for the layered navigation pages, you can also point the canonical tag to the filtered pages or current category page.

Example:

Canonical Tag for Category Layered Navigation = Current Category

Category page: yoursite/apparel.html

Layered Navigation page: yoursite/apparel/shopby/color:black.html

Canonical Tag will be yoursite/apparel.html

Canonical Tag for Category Layered Navigation = Filtered Page

Category page: yoursite/apparel.html

Layered Navigation page: yoursite/apparel/shopby/color:black.html

Canonical Tag will be yoursite/apparel/shopby/color:black.html

This setting can be overwritten manually for each product attribute. For example, you can point the canonical tag to the current category page and point it to the filtered page for the brand attribute only.

New version of the extension also allows specifying the navigation identifier. Previously, the attributes were separated from categories using “l” character. Now, you can change this identifier as you wish right from the back-end.

Dynamic meta titles and meta description settings for the layered navigation were moved to separate settings. Previously, the common settings were used for product and layered navigation meta tags.

The position of the applied product attributes in the canonical tag will be the same as they appear in the layered navigation. It makes sure that different combinations of applied attributes won’t cause duplicates.

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 Pagination

We re-developed the integration of the rel-next/prev block to improve overall performance. We also re-developed the integration of the canonical tag according all Google guidelines.

Now if you enable the “Allow All Products per Page” setting in Magento, the canonical tag will point to a page with all products (?limit=all) because this page is more likely to be the most relevant for Google (you can find more details here http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com/2011/09/view-all-in-search-results.html).

In this case, the next/prev tag will be hidden because this tag tells Google that you want to index your pagination pages instead of point Google to the one page with all products (you can find more details here http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com/2011/09/pagination-with-relnext-and-relprev.html).

New version also allows adding a pager number right to the meta title and meta description of category pages. Moreover, you can add this either to the beginning of meta tags or to the end of the meta tags.

If you do not use the “Allow All Products per Page” setting, the canonical tag will point to a current pagination page. In this case, the next/prev tag can be enabled.

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Dynamic Templates for Products and Categories

The most important improvement for dynamic templates is that now you can choose a preferable mode for the dynamic templates:

–    Enable / Disable

–    For Items with Empty Meta Title/Description

The 2nd option allows you to apply dynamic templates only for empty fields. This makes sure you won’t overwrite anything manually entered.

Rich Snippets

The v3.11.0 allows to enable the rich snippets for breadcrumbs only or use advanced configuration (Now you can decide what product attributes should be sent to Google)

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For SKU attribute, you can enter an attribute_code of a custom attribute if you need to retrieve data from specific attributes:

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For weight attribute you can select a weight unit: lb or kg.

For dimensions and conditions you can enter all necessary details:

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Front-end Sitemap

We re-developed the HTML site map and made it twice faster.

We also added a separate setting for adding additional links. Previously, it was possible to add additional links to XML site map only.

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XML Sitemap

XML sitemap will never be broken now. If XML sitemap was generated with an error, it won’t replace your existing sitemap file. This makes sure that a broken sitemap won’t be sent to Google.

We added the support of FishPig Attribute Splash Pages extension. Now you can included the URLs from this extension to XML sitemap.

It’s also possible to add additional links to XML site map now:

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  SEO Reports

Only items with errors are included in the reports now. Previously, all products, categories and CMS pages were included in the reports.

Other improvements

1.  Beautifully organized configuration section. We grouped all the settings to provide clean and easy understandable configuration page.

2. Trailing Slash For Canonical And Sitemap Urls – the trailing slash setting was extended. Now it’s possible to remove the trailing slash from canonical and site map URLs even if it’s added by your server rewrites. Previously, it was possible just to add the trailing slash to the canonical URLs.

3. Add Canonical URL Port – now it’s possible to add a port to the canonical URLs. It’s used if your front-end URLs have a port.

4.  Remove Default Title Prefix/Suffix for Product and Category Pages – this setting allows you to remove default title prefix/suffix for product and category pages. It can be used if you apply templates for these tags and want to remove default prefix/suffix for products and categories but to keep them for CMS and other pages.

5. NOINDEX, NOFOLLOW Robots Meta Header For Additional Pages. Previously, it was possible to add pages to NOINDEX, FOLLOW tag only. Now we added ability to add NOINDEX, NOFOLLOW tag as well.

6. Code optimization and cleaning.

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  Fixed Issues

1. Base URL was added twice to the canonical URLs.
2. Custom canonical tags didn’t support multi-store setup.
3. Layered navigation URLs were broken if there was URL suffix in default Magento configuration.
4. Rich snippets issues and overall improvements.
5. Infinity loop in case of removed or renamed category in product path.
6. Price attribute issue in the layered navigation.
7. Canonical URL is used for the Magento Open Graph now.
8. Review didn’t work for the Open Graph.
9. Selected attributes in the layered navigation were removed when changing a pager number.
10. Layered navigation issue on Magento 1.13.x.
11. Reports improvements.
12. Fixed issue with already existing record in case of database installation.
13. Meta title and meta description were empty for RSS pages.
14. Issue with prices for bundle products in dynamic templates.
15. SID parameter is removed in the canonical tag.
16. Dynamic meta titles and meta descriptions for the layered navigation works even with standard Magento URLs now

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