MotoCMS 3 Website Template Optimization

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When your MotoCMS 3 website starts to work, there will be a lot of details you will have to control in order to make it as successful as possible.

In this process, you will for sure need the help of the Analytics section. Analytics will assist you in verifying your site data in Google and in tracking the activity of visitors.

There is no doubt you understand how important it is. So, let’s learn how to use this section in the most efficient way.

First of all, choose Settings among the six options you have on the control panel, which is situated in the left upper corner of the page:

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Or click Website Settings on the starting page of your MotoCMS 3 Website Template:

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There are seven options in the column in the left part of the page:

  • General
  • Updates
  • Analysis
  • Code injection
  • Mail
  • Integration
  • Redirects.

The one you need at the moment is Analytics:

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On clicking this button, you will be redirected to the following page:

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As you can see, Analytics is divided into four subsections:

  • Google Analytics
  • Google Webmaster Tools
  • Yandex.Metrica
  • Yandex.Webmaster

To start your work with Google Analytics, you should insert Tracking ID from your Google Analytics account into the empty field:

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If you don’t have a Google Analytics account, follow this link to create one. Good news, it’s free. Just activate the account, copy the Tracking ID given by Googl,e and paste it into the Tracking ID field.

The next field, Google Webmaster Tools, needs an HTML Tag from your Google Webmaster account:

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If you haven’t started your Google Webmaster account yet, it’s not a problem. You only need to go to the official website to do it. When you have got one, enter your account, click Add site, and fill in the address of your site. Then choose Alternative Method and mark HTML tag section. As soon as you see the tag, copy it and paste it into the HTML Tag field. That’s it.

One more field to fill is Yandex.Metrica:

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It requires Counter ID from your Yandex account. To get it, you need to go to your Yandex.Metrica Account. If you haven’t created your Yandex.Metrica account yet, do it by following this link now. On logging into your Yandex account, go to the Yandex Metrica page to get the Counter number. You can do it by clicking Add Counter. After you get the ID of the Counter, copy it and paste it into the Counter ID field.

The last field you have to fill in is Yandex.Webmaster:

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To complete this task, you are to get your Verification Code from your Yandex account. You need to login into your Yandex account and open the Yandex.Webmaster page to receive this code. After clicking Add Site button, you will see the code. Copy it and paste in the Verification Code field on your page.

Now your Analytics section is fully accomplished and ready to work. Without any doubt, it will assist you in managing your MotoCMS 3 website in the best possible way.

One more section which may be quite useful for you is Redirects. It will enable you to use 301 redirects on all pages of your MotoCMS 3 Website.

To get into this section, please choose Redirects among the seven options in the left part of the page:

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In order to start your work with this section, you need to click Add. As soon as you do, a pop-up will appear:

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There are two fields here: Old URL and New URL.

The Old URL field must contain the URL details which redirect the visitors of your site to the new URL. The system functions in such a way that it will automatically adjust all input data according to the current location of the site.

For example, if you use /page-1 within the Old URL field, the system will process it as http://www.example.com/page-1 because it uses the path from Settings – Website Address field.

The New URL field must contain the destination URL, where your visitors will be redirected after visiting the Old URL.

There are 3 types of redirects which can be used for the New URL:

1. Absolute path. This term means that the complete page URL will be used for redirection.

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2. Relative path based on the domain name. This term implies that with the help of this path, your visitors will be redirected according to the domain name by specifying page name with ‘/’ sign (Example: /page-2).

If your domain name is www.example.com, the New URL is /page-2. So, the visitors will be redirected to the http://www.example.com/page-2.

If your site is located in the subfolder (example: http://www.example.com/subfolder/page-2), the system will still redirect your visitors according to the related domain name (example: http://www.example.com/page-2).

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3. Relative path based on the current location of the site. The choice of this path will help you to redirect your visitors to the current location of your site. Pay attention to the fact that the name of the page won’t contain ‘/’ sign (example: page-2).

If your domain name is http://www.example.com/subfolder (where ‘subfolder’ is the folder of your site), the New URL is page-2. It means that, the visitors will be redirected to the http://www.example.com/subfolder/page-2.

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One more detail you should pay attention to is the use of the WildCard option. It allows you to redirect a batch of URLs based on the defined mask.

For example, let’s say there is a list of links which should redirect to the http://www.example.com/events:

http://www.example.com/calendar-for-groups/2012-09-15/1093

http://www.example.com/calendar-for-groups/2011-W27/group

To accomplish this task, you have to add ‘*’ sign after /calendar-for-groups/ within the Old URL field. All links, which contain /calendar-for-groups/, will automatically redirect your visitors to the necessary page.

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Take into consideration the fact that the system processes ‘*’ sign in the URL as a WildCard expression by default. If you want the system to read this sign (*) as part of the URL address you should disable this function. To do this, you need to put a mark in the Disable WildCard field.

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It means that http://example.com/profile/Nice* in the New URL field will redirect the visitors to the page /Nice*.

Now go ahead and practice with the use of this section for your MotoCMS 3 website template. You will certainly find it extremely useful in the future.

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  • Nick is the Director of Support at OSTraining and you can find him in almost every area of the site, from answering support requests and account questions to creating tutorials and software.

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