3 weeks ago we quietly released the first stable version of 4SEO and I am thrilled by how well it was received by our existing subscribers, who were the first to know about it. Thank you all, especially all beta testers who worked with 4SEO 6 weeks before that release!
4SEO is the all-in-one extension for all of Joomla SEO, both on Joomla 3 & 4. With 4SEO you get:
- structured data generation
- meta data management
- sitemap with only relevant URLs
- broken links identification
- redirection engine, canonical rules
- content replacement (auto linking for instance)
- several other tools needed for SEO (analytics snippets, custom code insertion, put some pages offline or 404)
- work on the frontend
- a fast and modern, single-page application interface
- all in one single extension, making your site faster than if assembling several extensions
Since that initial release, we had a few small maintenance versions but development also went on, and today I'm happy to announce the first feature version of 4SEO: version 1.1 brings Core Web Vitals measurement to Joomla, in a fully automated way.
What in the world is Core Web Vitals, you may ask? well, CWV are what the SEO world is all excited about, and has been for a little while. It's a new way of measuring website speed that Google just started using to rank pages in their results, as part of their Page Experience update.
The thing with Core Web Vitals is that they are hard to measure for websites owners because they rely on how fast your site is for your visitors, not when you run a speed test yourself.
So far, the only way to get real CWV values was from the Google Search Console but now 4SEO includes real-world Core Web Vitals measurement, taken using Google's exact methodology.
While working with testers on the beta testing period of 4SEO, we found ourselves often wanting to look at logs files to read error messages or figure out the conditions under which a problem occured.
Joomla has a nice log files API that extensions can easily use to log details about their operations but it turns out accessing those log files is not that easy (FTP anyone?).
So we set out to quickly build a tool that does just that: easily manage Joomla log files. It's simple, it's free and it's called 4LOGS.
4LOGS was just accepted on the Joomla Extensions Directory and so you can download it right now from there, or just install it from inside your Joomla site using the "Install from Web" tab of Joomla Extensions manager.
JoomlaDay USA was 2 weeks ago and it was a blast. Laura, Dorothy and the "Joomla Bunch" did a phenomenal work at putting the event together and we should have access to all the talks in video soon. Many thanks to all of you and I'll post back when the videos are up.
But JoomlaDay USA was also a major event for Weeblr and me personnally, as we were finally able to start the public beta period for our new shiny all-in-one SEO extension,4SEO:
It's been nearly a year in the making and uses the best technology available today (in my opinion, of course!) to give you an insanely fast and easy experience inside of either Joomla 3 or Joomla 4. We have put all the experience gathered on both Joomla and SEO over the last 14 years (!) into it, in the hope of providing a simple and mostly automated answer to the difficult technical SEO problems most website owners face.
A bit more than 2 weeks to go and we'll finally be able to attend a JoomlaDay again. Well, sure, it's online but after so much time I'm pretty happy to gather with fellow Joomlers from around the USA and beyond.
So happy in fact that after being accepted to speak, I decided to become a sponsor and try help Laura and the entire team in putting the event together. Don't know the team? they've done this little video for you to get to know them!
The speaker line-up is impressive and they will cover the entire spectrum of building and running Joomla sites.
I myself will discuss "What's up in SEO in 2021", covering both new SEO things as well as trying to sort out what matters and what does not.
A couple of months ago, I started using Firefox more and more and found that I was missing on at least one SEO-related extension. That's when I set out to build a simple browser extension to accompany me in Firefox and ... 2 months later, we now have a fully featured Firefox and Chrome SEO extension. Yes, it was so useful to me on Firefox that I could not do without it on Chrome :)
Here's is a short extract from the documentation:
SEOInfo displays icon alerts as you navigate website pages for SEO-related technical errors. At the click of a button, all SEO and performance information and graphs about the current page are displayed. This includes SEO checks and AMP validation inside the extension. This information can be saved with a single click to another tab for printing or saving to file.
What SEOInfo does
Plenty of things! A nearly full list can be found on this page of the documentation but there are mostly 2 things I wanted to achieve:
- Get alerts on SEO-related issue while navigating pages of a website, withouth having to click on something or do anything at all
- When needed, click a button to get a/ full information about the current page and b/ even more checks and validation at a click of a button