Knowledge Base support case for AllWebMenus Pro, abstracted and stripped of all user’s private info.


Initial Email From:
Luke
Initial Email Subject:  Sliding menu
Support Case Month: July 2013

I have one question would the Google crawlers be able to crawl through all my links on menu? Here is my site with menu {URL REMOVED}

Thanks

Luke

Reply From: Likno Customer Support

Hello Luke,

The standard AllWebMenus menu has all its content within the JavaScript files, so search engines that are not able to access JS files will not see it.

There are two tricks you can do to increase your SEO:

First you can create a “sitemap” page (AllWebMenus will generate it automatically for you). If you link this page to your index page (even as a link not noticeable to the human eye) the search engine crawlers will follow it and discover all the menu links. To do this, have a look under “Tools->Create Sitemaps”.

You can also create a Sitemap for Google. Go to Tools-> Create Sitemaps -> Create Google Sitemap.

Second, you can turn your menu into a UL/LI menu. This means that you will have to insert the menu content into every single page (the same way you would do with a CSS menu). This of course adds more maintenance, but the menu links are visible in all pages. If you choose this option, we recommend that you use an include file so that you only have to edit the menu content in a single place if you want to change something in the menu in the future.

You can find more details about both methods in the project properties:

menu SEO properties

Let me know if you need more information.

Thank you!

Kind Regards, 
Aggelos Tsakonas
www.likno.com
Powerful javascript menus (CSS menus/drop-down menus/sliding menus), web trees, buttons, tabs, modals, tooltips, accordions, scrollers, designs for your websites!

Reply From: Likno Customer Support

Dear Aggelos,

Yes it works fine, I appreciate your help and my home page looks great with your slider. You have very fine software and attention to detail. I will recommend to others.

Many thanks

Luke

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Knowledge Base support case for AllWebMenus Pro, abstracted and stripped of all user’s private info.


Initial Email From:
James
Initial Email Subject: Pre sales question
Support Case Month: July 2013

Hi Folks,

I am building a silo structured website and would *love* to use your Allwebmenus Pro but I need to hide the menus from Google and make their bot follow my link structure.

As the experts, can you advise,
1. Can/does Google read the js files?
2. What about putting the javascript files in a directory and disallowing it in robots.txt?
3. Is it worth putting the menus in an I-Frame?

Note: I am specifically worried about Google and assume you are up-to-date with the latest thinking.

Your advice ahead of a purchase would be much appreciated.

Regards,
James

Reply From: Likno Customer Support

Hello James,

First, thank you for your interest in our Likno products.

As far as we know, Google cannot find the links contained inside our menu.js file, because this file does not have straight <a> tags, or even "onclick" methods. It merely has the URL as a string parameter which later the awmlib1.js (or awmlib2.js) reads and creates the link.

See for example one such "item" inside the menu.js file:

it=s1.addItemWithImages(7,8,8,"AllWebMenus Examples",n,n,"",n,n,n,3,3,3,n,n,n,"",n,n,n,"examples.html?source=side",n,0,0,2,10,11,11,12,13,13,1,1,1,0,0,n,n,n,0,0,0,4,n);

For this reason, we created the "UL/LI" population option in AllWebMenus so that users that do need SEO and Google crawling the pages can use it.

So, we believe that if you use AllWebMenus with the standard population method Google will not crawl the links within (which are actually parameters).

Don’t put the menus in an i-frame, it has no difference in terms of Google crawl.

Also read this:

http://moz.com/ugc/can-google-really-access-content-in-javascript-really

So I believe you are safe with the external menu.js file of ours (which does not even have the links in coding format but only as parameters).

Regards, 
Aris
Likno Customer Support
www.likno.com
Powerful javascript menus (CSS menus/drop-down menus/sliding menus), web trees, buttons, tabs, modals, tooltips, accordions, scrollers, designs for your websites!

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