adding a share button to a BC blog

Rob Miles - Thursday, December 09, 2010

In this BC article, you'll learn how to quickly and easily add a "Share This" button to your BC blog using the popular AddThis service.

Integrating a "Share" button to your blog enables readers to easily refer friends, family and co-workers to your site and can increase traffic to your online business.

Click here to get started

adding a facebook like button to your BC blog posts

Rob Miles - Thursday, December 09, 2010

Adding a Facebook "Like" button to your BC blog posts is a great way to encourage social media sharing within your community and spread your content across the web.

What's even better is that it takes just seconds to implement.

Click here to get started

new dns management tools released

Rob Miles - Saturday, June 19, 2010

BC has recently launched a new and powerful set of DNS Management Tools for your BC sites.

In this post, we'll show you how to get started with the new DNS tools and point you towards the relevant articles and resources.

1. Check out the refreshed interface

Our new DNS tools give you full control over the DNS settings for your BC sites.

Simply navigate to Admin > Manage Your Domain to access the updated interface.

From here you can:

  1. Setup Domain Names - add your own domain names choose whether you want to host your Domain name externally or re-delegate to your Business Catalyst sites.
  2. Forward Domains - allowing you to forward your www records to your non-www records, solving canonical domain issues and helping your SEO.
  3. Setup A records - create sub-domains for your site and choose the start page, country and culture for them.
  4. Setup CNAME records - add any number of sub-domains and point them to externally hosted websites and services, or to another A record that you've created on your site
  5. Setup MX Records - quickly and easily set up external hosted mail services
  6. Setup Advanced records - add your own TXT, SPF, SRV or AAAA records

2. Read the brand new DNS tutorial

As with all new feature releases, BC has updated our documentation to provide clients with a detailed run-through of how to use the new DNS management features.

To familiarise yourself with the new DNS setup process, it's important you refer to the following article:

The article will explain the process for adding new domain names, all the way through to setting up sub-domains and externally hosted mail services with MX Records.

3. Issues? Check the troubleshooting guide

To help you troubleshoot DNS issues yourself without waiting on a Support ticket, BC has put together a handy troubleshooting guide, sharing their own personal tips for diagnosing DNS-related issues.

Please note that DNS re-delegation is not an instant process - you may need to wait for the changes to propagate before the domain name update becomes effective. If the changes are not visible within 48 hours, please follow the steps outlined in the troubleshooting guide prior to submitting a Support ticket.

remove unused tags from your blogs

Rob Miles - Saturday, June 19, 2010

You can now delete blog tags from Business Catalyst when you aren't using them anymore. You just need to click the little 'delete' icon next to each tag to remove the tag permanently from the system. This is a welcome update... thanks BC!

creating a Google-friendly website

Rob Miles - Friday, May 07, 2010

Today I'd like to share with you some tips for creating a Google-friendly website taken from Google's own Webmaster guidelines. You can access the original article here. I hope you find these useful.

things to do

Give visitors the information they're looking for

Provide high-quality content on your pages, especially your homepage. This is the single most important thing to do. If your pages contain useful information, their content will attract many visitors and entice webmasters to link to your site. In creating a helpful, information-rich site, write pages that clearly and accurately describe your topic. Think about the words users would type to find your pages and include those words on your site.

Make sure that other sites link to yours

Links help our crawlers find your site and can give your site greater visibility in our search results. When returning results for a search, Google uses sophisticated text-matching techniques to display pages that are both important and relevant to each search. Google interprets a link from page A to page B as a vote by page A for page B. Votes cast by pages that are themselves "important" weigh more heavily and help to make other pages "important."

Keep in mind that our algorithms can distinguish natural links from unnatural links. Natural links to your site develop as part of the dynamic nature of the web when other sites find your content valuable and think it would be helpful for their visitors. Unnatural links to your site are placed there specifically to make your site look more popular to search engines. Some of these types of links (such as link schemes and doorway pages) are covered in our webmaster guidelines.

Only natural links are useful for the indexing and ranking of your site.

Make your site easily accessible

Build your site with a logical link structure. Every page should be reachable from at least one static text link.

Use a text browser, such as Lynx, to examine your site. Most spiders see your site much as Lynx would. If features such as JavaScript, cookies, session IDs, frames, DHTML, or Adobe Flash keep you from seeing your entire site in a text browser, then spiders may have trouble crawling it.

things to avoid

Don't fill your page with lists of keywords, attempt to "cloak" pages, or put up "crawler only" pages. If your site contains pages, links, or text that you don't intend visitors to see, Google considers those links and pages deceptive and may ignore your site.

Don't feel obligated to purchase a search engine optimization service. Some companies claim to "guarantee" high ranking for your site in Google's search results. While legitimate consulting firms can improve your site's flow and content, others employ deceptive tactics in an attempt to fool search engines. Be careful; if your domain is affiliated with one of these deceptive services, it could be banned from our index.

Don't use images to display important names, content, or links. Our crawler doesn't recognize text contained in graphics. Use ALT attributes if the main content and keywords on your page can't be formatted in regular HTML.

Don't create multiple copies of a page under different URLs. Many sites offer text-only or printer-friendly versions of pages that contain the same content as the corresponding graphic-rich pages. To ensure that your preferred page is included in our search results, you'll need to block duplicates from our spiders using a robots.txt file. For information about using a robots.txt file, please visit our information on blocking Googlebot.

business catalyst tutorials released

Rob Miles - Tuesday, April 13, 2010

I've just uploaded a number of business catalyst step-by-step tutorials covering some of the most common tasks I get asked about. These have been developed by miles design for our clients. They are to be used as a general guide only and are not official tutorials from Business Catalyst. I hope you find them useful and welcome any feedback. For further information, see our Business Catalyst downloads & support page.