Today we added a new feature to the Menu Creator to allow you to set yet another option in your link structure in response to the Google REL Canonical URL update. Google made a post along with a video related to this new feature as presented by Matt Cutts and its worth a look because reckless application of this in your site can be consequential and counter productive to your efforts. Key points from Google include;
Is rel=”canonical” a suggestion or a directive?
This new option lets site owners suggest the version of a page that Google should treat as canonical. Google will take this into account, in conjunction with other signals, when determining which URL sets contain identical content, and calculating the most relevant of these pages to display in search results.
Can the link be relative or absolute?
The rel=”canonical” attribute can be used with relative or absolute links, but we recommend using absolute links to minimize potential confusion or difficulties. If your document specifies a base link, any relative links will be relative to that base link.
In using this feature within the Menu Creator it is a good idea to pay special attention to how you are using it, why you are using it and where you are using it. Since we built the Menu Creator to function on sites that may include shopping carts, OpenRealty, and even other CMS solutions, you have the option via our code library to not only manage menus externally of WordPress but even on external domains. If you are using these features it is ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT to note that this new REL element is for a specific local domain and not remote or multiple domains as is the case with 301 redirects for instance.
If you have questions, please either contact us directly or simply post a comment below that we may answer publicly for others to see as well.Share