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4Command: Joomla administration, simpler and faster

Hi all,

I am an SEO guy. For the last 15 years, I have kept learning SEO, analyzed SEO blog posts and announcements daily and tried to put all that learning and tracking in a number of Joomla extensions such as 4SEO or 4SEF.

And SEO has been all about content for a while now, so I have also made extensions to assist with content:

  • 4AI since Artificial Intelligence is here now to create content, text or images, translate, check-spell, summarize, tweet or write meta-descriptions
  • 4Video because videos are important for today's sites, but you need to pay attention to performance when adding them
  • 4Podcast as podcasting is a growing medium for people to consume what you have to say

All that to say that I know Joomla fairly well, and here at Weeblr, we have a history of technically advanced, modern Joomla extensions that are maintained and supported over time.

But one thing I am not is a seasoned Joomla website administrator. So maybe I could use a bit of help?

Same Joomla URLs showing the same article, with added rel=canonical links

User question: what does "canonical" mean?

Hi all,

Over time, I've frequently encountered this question, as well as numerous instances where misunderstandings about the term "canonical" and its use in SEO have led to problems, confusion, and a great deal of wasted time.

I've been meaning to write about the concept of canonical for a while and this week, a comment at the end of a support ticket finally prompted me to do so. The comment was

I need to learn more about what "canonical" means

The thing is, canonical is used (mostly) in two different ways and they seem to contradict each other:

  • a page is canonical (or not)
  • a page has a canonical tag

The confusing part is that:

when a page has a canonical tag, it's usually because it's not canonical

How is that possible and should you care anyway?

4SEO Google Search Console data chart

Google new Core Web Vitals and updates + OpenAI pricing model change

Hi all,

It's been a busy last few days and  weeks in the SEO and AI world so here is a quick run-down of the latest events. Read-on, several of them may directly affect you:

Google algorithm updates and manual penalties

On March 5, Google had not one but two published algorithm updates: 

  • the March 2024 core update
  • the March 2024 spam update

These changes in Google algorithms are meant to improve Google search results quality and will be rolled out over the next few weeks.

They are designed both to reduce the predominance of low quality, made-for-SEO websites in search results. In additions to these 2 updates (it's very unusual to have several on the same day), Google started applying manual penalties to a larger number of websites.

Image generation process in 4AI

4AI now generates and modify images

Hi all,

As announced in December last year, this is the first release of the year for 4AI, and it's focused on making images!

Image generation - and modification - in 4AI

I have been very cautious so far about including image generation into 4AI, as my experiments with available models from OpenAI and others had mixed results, to say the least.

Getting images matching one's description required some kind of magic prompting, numerous experiments, and a fair bit of patience. Sometimes still with average results, and it would probably have been easier to get these images from existing pictures on specialized websites or of our own creation.

In addition, existing models were limited to square images, up to 1024 pixels. While such images are fine for social network use, I feel they are not as suited for display on desktop websites.

With the release of DALL·E 3 last year, it seems to me OpenAI has reached a quality level where generating images as part of 4AI, inside your Joomla website, could become both usable and useful. In addition, DALL·E 3 handles square images as before but also vertical or horizontal images up to 1792 pixels.

And so 4AI 4.0, released today, implements not only image creation but also image modification!

4SEO sitemaps list from Google Search Console data

A big 4SEO update and an outlook on 2024

Hi all,

A quick post to keep you updated on what's happening both in and outside of the Joomla World and what's the outlook for 2024 here at Weeblr!

Big 4SEO feature release

We just released 4SEO 5.2.0 (4SEO full changelog is here) and it has several important new or changed things that should make your life both easier and more efficient:

Sitemaps now handled through Google Search Console

4SEO used to ping Google and Bing when a sitemap was ready or updated. Pinging means that we would make a request to a specific URL at Google, telling them "Hey, there's a new/modified sitemap for this website".

It was simple and quick but both Google and Bing have now stopped this service. So I took the opportunity to revamp the sitemap publication process and use 4SEO Search Console connection to directly submit sitemaps to Google.

This happens automatically and transparently each time your sitemap is created or updated. You can also manually submit your sitemap from within 4SEO at any time with a single click.