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Re: Superscript?

Jeremy Hughes
 

Hi John,
 
Thanks for asking. This looks like an omission in Xway - you should be able to choose Superscript and Subscript from the Type popup in the Span menu. We’ll add this soon!

You shouldn't have to use double <sup> elements (as in Freeway), unless you are really superscripting a previous superscript. The correct way to do this (in a future version of Xway) would be to change the size of Superscript (<sup>) elements via a default style (similar to changing the size of "Small" spans in the Default Styles section of the Document/Page/Box Inspector).

Jeremy


Superscript?

John Whittaker
 

When I need superscript, as in X squared, I find that adding <sup><sup>2</sup></sup> as inline markup after X works pretty well. Is there a more user-friendly way that I have not yet discovered, corresponding to Shift +1, +2 in Freeway?


Re: XWay SEO

grantsymon
 

Thanks Jeremy,

XWay User Guide is very useful.  (If only I'd searched it for 'Meta Tags' instead of SEO. 😐)


Re: XWay SEO

grantsymon
 

Thanks Richard, that's a good example.

I'm not going to be doing the SEO myself, so my question was really about how SEO applied in XWay compares to SEO applied in Wordpress and how easy it would be to use Wordpress SEO in XWay.  I want to make the site in XWay, but there's pressure to do it in Wordpress.


Re: XWay SEO

Richard Cacciato
 

I agree completely with Walter.

One of my favorite SEO lore stories involved Hilton Hotels a while ago. They redesigned their website and their homepage referred to things like hospitality and accommodations, but nowhere did they use the word "hotel"!

Be very careful and deliberate about the language you use in HTML text and make sure that you express what you're trying to do clearly and succinctly. Search engines are very literal and "cute" doesn't work in my opinion.
 


Re: XWay SEO

Walter Lee Davis
 

On Jan 12, 2021, at 9:39 AM, grantsymon <xway@gsymon.com> wrote:

Thanks Keith, very useful.

The client is an academic working in AI and has been working for a number of years on a platform that uses AI for scientists working in research, where it can find relevant materials automatically for them according to specific criteria. Sort of google for scientists. Consequently he knows a lot about SEO. His offer of help, is because he knows Wordpress and can do it all for her easily.

As you say, Wordpress has its limitations and I'd much prefer to build a site in XWay... there's just this question of how I can apply the SEO and if it will be up to snuff.

Question: If he helped with the SEO for a Wordpress site, how easy would it be for me to simple apply the same thing to an XWay site?

Jeremy... OK, thanks. I shall check it out.


Re: XWay SEO

grantsymon
 

Thanks Keith, very useful.

The client is an academic working in AI and has been working for a number of years on a platform that uses AI for scientists working in research, where it can find relevant materials automatically for them according to specific criteria.  Sort of google for scientists.  Consequently he knows a lot about SEO.  His offer of help, is because he knows Wordpress and can do it all for her easily.

As you say, Wordpress has its limitations and I'd much prefer to build a site in XWay...  there's just this question of how I can apply the SEO and if it will be up to snuff.

Question:  If he helped with the SEO for a Wordpress site, how easy would it be for me to simple apply the same thing to an XWay site?

Jeremy... OK, thanks. I shall check it out.


Re: XWay SEO

Jeremy Hughes
 

Hi Grant,

In addition to what Keith said, have a look at the chapter on Meta Tags in the Xway User Guide.

Jeremy


Re: XWay SEO

ThatKeith
 

SEO is important; they're absolutely right about that. But rather than suggesting someone redoes their site in a different tool (which is frankly quite rude) they should explain what specifically they see as key things to do. Semantic structure (naming things usefully, to start with) is one thing. That's something you have full control over in Xway and virtually none at all in WordPress. Fortunately with a well-made WP theme you get much of that automatically, but it's not guaranteed. Well-written content is another thing. That's tool-agnostic; you can publish content that's awful for SEO in any platform you like, it won't make it any better.

I've used WordPress quite a bit, including setting up 30+ sites at a time and teaching publishing students how to take their publishing ideas online. If your wife would like to be able to add posts to her site on an ad-hoc basis, WordPress is a good choice. But if control over the details of the design and behaviour is important, WordPress is a *terrible* choice.

Xway can be used to create very SEO-friendly sites. If your wife's client can't see that it's not the tool itself, it's the lack of SEO-specific knowledge that's led to this, then they're frankly not that much of a specialist.


XWay SEO

grantsymon
 

I'm about to embark on updating my wife's site in XWay ( 😳 ).  She has a client who is high-end in AI for scientific researchers and also something of a specialist in SEO.  Quite rightly,  he's ridiculed my current SEO efforts (I have no idea what I'm doing) and who has suggested that she redo her site in Wordpress and that he would then (very generously) do the SEO for her.

I can't find any info about SEO and XWay and I'm wondering how it's handled and how easy it would be for me to apply SEO that was created for Wordpress.  I think we're talking backlinks and the like.

Could anyone give me a brief explanation of how I might approach this in XWay?  How easy is it to do the SEO in XWay?


Re: Tutorial Site not 'Responsive'

blueseamonster@...
 

On Mon, Jan 4, 2021 at 04:13 AM, Jeremy Hughes wrote:
Have you set a fixed width for any of the pages or boxes?

Thanks Jeremy. That was exactly the thing I somehow overlooked.
Inside the "Box Inspector", as soon as I made "Width" inside "Dimensions", "Undefined", the pages functioned as expected.

Since my Template page had that oversight in it, of course my other pages carried that error until I went through and updated them individually as well. I can see how it will be brilliant when "Master" pages are here, as I expect that one fix there would cascade through the children of the Master page.

I have since gone and updated a Freeway site with Xway which has gone rather smoothly.
This version could almost make it live if I can add a secure type of Forms for my contacts that won't get easily spammed.

Keep up the good work. This is looking really great. I actually look forward to paying you for the version you think is complete. Thanks for your time and input regarding my question.


Re: GDPR Cookie Management

Gordon Low
 

Within the 'Edit Project Settings' section of StatCounter you can disable the use of cookies (although they recommend against this).

Hope this helps

Gordon


Re: GDPR Cookie Management

Walter Lee Davis
 

I don't think there is any way to use GA without cookies, but I am happy to be proven wrong.

Walter

On Jan 5, 2021, at 12:16 PM, Richard Cacciato <rcacciato@blue-iceberg.com> wrote:

Does using Google Analytics require the GDPR "accept cookies" language?


Re: GDPR Cookie Management

Richard Cacciato
 

Does using Google Analytics require the GDPR "accept cookies" language?
 


Re: GDPR Cookie Management

Walter Lee Davis
 

If you use a cookie-based tracking system, you must disclose that and offer the user a choice. There are tracking systems that do not rely on cookies at all, and simply use an image beacon or similar (recall FreeCounter? ah, those were innocent days) to count visits by only counting the unique (non-cache) requests for a resource. That's not personally identifying information, so there's no need to disclose.

Walter

On Jan 5, 2021, at 11:17 AM, grantsymon <xway@gsymon.com> wrote:

I'm wondering about this too. I only use statcounter to gather visitor hits info, but I expect this and the google alternative, fall under the EU laws regarding user data??


Re: GDPR Cookie Management

grantsymon
 

I'm wondering about this too.  I only use statcounter to gather visitor hits info, but I expect this and the google alternative, fall under the EU laws regarding user data??


Re: Tutorial Site not 'Responsive'

Jeremy Hughes
 

I think you're saying that the site you created with the tutorial isn't flexible, in contrast to the sample site (Ambient) that is on our website (and was created following the tutorial steps).

There isn't anything that you have to do in order to create a flexible site in Xway, so I think that you must have done something that prevents your site from being flexible. Have you set a fixed width for any of the pages or boxes?

You can test if your site is flexible by resizing the page area within Xway. One way to do this is to drag the divider between the Inspector panel and page area (making the page narrower). Does the page resize when you do this?

Jeremy


Tutorial Site not 'Responsive'

blueseamonster@...
 

Hello,

I just ran through the 'Ambient-2' Tutorial with Xway version b3 which I thought was excellent.
It was much more straight forward than Freeway with Backdraft etc. (as good as that is).
At the end of the Tutorial my site appeared identical to 'Ambient-2', except it wouldn't do the responsive thing.
For the life of me, I can't identify what I might have missed.
It seemed as I was working through the Tutorial that when Previewed, it would be set up for a responsive result (like Backdraft).
Have I missed a setting selection somewhere when setting up at the beginning? Or did I some how miss a step at the end?
Is that enough to go on for all the detectives out there?

Thanks for any clues or advice.


Re: General question re browser detection

Simon Manning
 

At a glance, and a guess, it might be because the page is reached via HTTPS but the link and the address being redirected to are HTTP. I see you have valid SSL certificates for the other two domains involved, so it might be that changing the link and redirect to use HTTPS will solve it. Or it might not...

Simon 

On Sat, Dec 26, 2020 at 10:46 PM ThatKeith via groups.io <Thatkeith=mac.com@groups.io> wrote:
I have a small but annoying issue that seems to only happen with Chrome browsers (Mac and Windows). This isn't an Xway issue but it is with a site I've made with Xway. That's my weak attempt to justify asking here... ;)

Scenario:
I have a site (exiffixer.com) that uses a set of short URLs for some download links. The files themselves are in the exiffixer.com domain, the URL shortening service is a custom one I run on a different site.

Problem:
If someone visits using Chrome and clicks a download link, the download just doesn't happen. For other browsers it's fine.

Can anyone point me towards a SIMPLE way to detect Chrome browsers and rewrite the links so I can serve them dumb direct links rather than the short ones? Yes, I know this is that thing everyone says not to do: detecting a specific browser type rather than detecting feature capabilities. But this does seem like a rare legitimate use for that.

(If someone knows a better approach I am all ears! I really do want to keep using the URL shortener for all browser downloads as it tracks those very nicely.)


General question re browser detection

ThatKeith
 

I have a small but annoying issue that seems to only happen with Chrome browsers (Mac and Windows). This isn't an Xway issue but it is with a site I've made with Xway. That's my weak attempt to justify asking here... ;)

Scenario:
I have a site (exiffixer.com) that uses a set of short URLs for some download links. The files themselves are in the exiffixer.com domain, the URL shortening service is a custom one I run on a different site.

Problem:
If someone visits using Chrome and clicks a download link, the download just doesn't happen. For other browsers it's fine.

Can anyone point me towards a SIMPLE way to detect Chrome browsers and rewrite the links so I can serve them dumb direct links rather than the short ones? Yes, I know this is that thing everyone says not to do: detecting a specific browser type rather than detecting feature capabilities. But this does seem like a rare legitimate use for that.

(If someone knows a better approach I am all ears! I really do want to keep using the URL shortener for all browser downloads as it tracks those very nicely.)

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