The PageSpeed test is very strict, so don’t be surprised if it shows you lots of errors. Even Google itself doesn’t get a perfect score here!
In a later post I’ll explain more about how to tackle the recommendations Google makes with its PageSpeed test, but for now I’d recommend just focusing on making sure you get that nice green “Awesome! This page is mobile-friendly.” notification from the “mobile-friendly” test.
This is a very important security update for Armadillo. Please install the update immediately, and re-publish any sites where you’re using Armadillo.
A few days ago we became aware of some areas where Armadillo’s security could be further improved. This update addresses those areas to make sure Armadillo continues to be the rock solid platform you’ve come to expect.
Security has always been on the forefront of our minds, from the initial concept of Armadillo to the ongoing updates we’ve released over the years. For example:
All user-submitted content is sanitized and escaped before being inserted into the database
Today we released updates to all of our stacks. These includes some important tweaks and adjustments for upcoming changes to RapidWeaver, so be sure to fire up RW, open a Stacks page and check for updates via the gear icon button in the lower right corner of the Stacks Library.
Depending on the size of your stacks library, it may take a few minutes for updates to appear.
Also, due to how Stacks checks for updates (only once every 24 hours) it may take a day or so for updates to appear, if you’ve recently already checked for updates in the past few hours.
Just today we’ve started beta testing Armadillo v1.5 which, among many other things, allows you to create unique meta content for individual blog posts. Each page and blog post also will have a unique browser title, to help further improve Armadillo’s SEO performance.
There are a lot more changes under the hood (localized blog date, new dedicated post summary creation, new “blogger” role, etc.), so if you’d like to give the new version a shake down and help us find the last remaining bugs, please get in touch!
If you don’t have Armadillo, you can also purchase it now for 25% off using discount code ArmadilloSummerBeta.
Once you’ve purchased Armadillo, send us an email and let me know you want to join the beta program, and we’ll send you the beta version.
As of today, December 1st, 2013, the seyDesign brand is now being carried on by Jonathan Head (that’s me), the founder and lead developer of NimbleHost.
If you’re a seyDesign customer you may be wondering what’s going to come of seyDesign, and I’d like to ensure you that seyDesign is not going anywhere. Customers are still receiving the same exceptional support. Product updates are still being released. New products are on the way.
In short, we’ve taken great pains to ensure that you won’t be able to tell that anything’s changed at all, and will continue in the tradition of excellence Adam (the original seyDesign founder) has established. Of course, if there are things you’d like to see changed or improved, please do let me know.
If you’re not a seyDesign customer, now is a fantastic time to take a look at the awesome RapidWeaver addons they (well, I guess I should say “we” now) create. You’ll receive the same legendary service at seyDesign that you’ve come to expect from NimbleHost, with top quality themes and stacks perfect for any RapidWeaver project you’ll be working on.
Thanks for your continued support, and I look forward to working with you!
It looks like Google has finally pulled the plug on the old web search API that RapidSearch has faithfully used for several years. We are currently working on an update that will switch to the newer Custom Search API.
You may be wondering why we didn’t update RapidSearch sooner – this is because the newer Custom Search API is more restrictive and harder for you, as a RapidWeaver user, to setup and use. In order to do so, you have to first create your own “Custom Search Engine” directly via your Google account (this can’t be done via RapidSearch) and jump through other previously unnecessary hoops. Additionally, ads are now built-in to the experience, and removing them requires that you switch to a paid search account with Google. Our hope was to spare you this pain until it was absolutely necessary, and it seems that time has come.
We’ll be posting more information about the next RapidSearch update here, and via our mailing list (join here). Stay posted, and we’ll get RapidSearch updated to work with the newer API as soon as possible!
Many of our customers have been asking about SEO for RapidWeaver, and whether our products work fine for SEO purposes. As such I decided to make a video explaining three basic SEO techniques for RapidWeaver users, to help you understand what makes an impact on your site when you want higher search results rankings.
If you have any questions or comments, be sure to enter them below.
Update: Download the Keynote presentation slides as a PDF: English – German* – French (courtesy of Philippe)
*This translation is via Google Translate. If you’re a native speaker and it sounds weird, that’s why! 😉