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New CSS Grid feature

Possible the first CMS to integrate a CSS grid based structure into it's layout but definitely the easiest. This new feature allows you to adjust the width and/or design of each paragraph, giving the opportunity to very quickly layout complex page structures without any CSS coding.

Use the new row drop down to force a new row or let the paragraphs float to find a good stacked layout .

Vista Compatibility

Vista users should ensure they have version 3.60 or above.

Many of the hidden data file locations have been changed to ensure Vista is happy the program is safe but still lets it save data.

Automatic Google XML sitemaps generation

Now you can create Google sitemaps automatically. Just place the xml template next to your existing sitemap template, with the same name.

A Google sitemap will be created in the website root directory called sitemap.xml.

With large linked sites an xml menu will be created in the menus directory of the root site and these will be added to them main website sitemap. Giving a complete xml sitemap for the whole site. The priorites can be set for each site in the 'Menu Setting' with 'part of larger site' checked.

Then just register your sitemap with Google.

An easier way to add video

You can now add FLV video files to your site with ease.

You will need something like VideoWebWizard to make the videos but they can be automatically loaded with the correct drivers. We cannot add these drivers to our software as you must purchase them or find a free one I'm afraid.

No index page links

You can now set Pure SEO CMS to NOT write links back to the index page with the page name index.html included in them. This is because search engines recognise the base domain without the page name differently to the links with the page name. Making sure they both have the same address ensures they are counted together, which should increase the page relevance.

The problem is the links cannot be followed when browsing on your local PC with IE 6 or 7. However if you use Firefox then it still works fine.

Automatic drop down menu generation

Drop down menus can now be created automatically by placing the new drop down tags in your page. You'll need the dropdowntabs.js JavaScript file in the scripts directory for it to work.

We have included examples of the drop down menu in the colorable, translucent and txt-rght templates. It won't appear in other templates unless you add the codes as given in our tutorial site .

Major upgrade to XML not Access

We've now converted the Access database to XML which is saved in a text file. Access was always a bit problematic on some PCs, particularly Vista and we've been able to improve the column and menu name systems at the same time.

You can also open the XML in any text editor to spell check and perform automatic find and replace routines if you require. Be careful not damage the XML structure though.

You'll also notice a backup button that creates a dated backup file as well as an auto backup function that regularly writes files to the backup folder.

Different number of columns on every page

Version 3.5 lets you have a different number of columns on every subpage as well as every group page.

You don't need the large containing table any more but this was included in some of the early templates, so just take it out if you want to.

You can also convert the table to div tags if you know how. The table is just more reliable across the wide range of different sites that can be created. You'll find the table codes in the default directory.

Linking several different projects together

Until now each Pure SEO CMS project only allowed one sub level of pages, e.g. the main menu group and their subpages.

Now you can select whether each project is part of a larger site and identify the main root directory of that site. The program will then automatically generate menu files linked to each sub-site and allow you to embed the menu anywhere in each site.

There should be no limit to how many sub-sites can be combined into one larger site. The template and CSS file system will still work for each subsite but any html coder will be able to specify a single template and CSS file if required.

New release and registration

From version 3.00 you will need to purchase a new unlock.

This will be free if you've just purchased in 2007 or half price if you purchased in 2006.

Contact us directly quoting your purchase reference.

Vista improvements

Vista has some stronger virus blocks so older programs may not work on Vista. We've now modified the software to let Vista know it is properly registered so please upgrade to the latest version if you have problems.

Better project management

We've moved the file location information from the database to the .prj file. This means you can pass the .mdb data file with all the text to your developer and back without loosing the template location links etc. This is useful for re-designs and updates etc.

No single character required

In early versions of the program you needed to leave an empty character where no text was required. This was added automatically so you probably did not notice.

This is no longer required but old databases still require it and the software no longer adds it automatically.

So long time users who upgrade may need to add the space manually to clear information.

Picture description Alt text added

For the accessibility of people with screen readers it is important that every picture has a written description of what it shows. Previously Superblogging had used the paragraph description for this text. However, this was not perfect so we've now added a new picture description box. A bit more work but it is better for people with disabilities.

Download version 2.61 and above for this but watch the default picture text files. If you have a custom default text directory you will need to change the heading tag to a PictDesc. Or just copy or default files.

New name and focus on search engine optimized websites

The problem with modern websites is that to perform at the highest level in the search engines they need hand code quality pages but with the ability to change the content quickly, to keep the site interesting. Website content management systems like Joomla have become very popular because they allow people to maintain large, interesting sites but they are quite slow to set up and maintain and they don't give the code quality you can get from hand written pages.

Superblogging was designed to solve this dilemma and has been given a new name to demonstrate its position as the best program for producing high quality pages in the least possible time. Pure SEO CMS is what it does and now what it's called.

It will allow anyone, with any level of web design skills, to maintain large, dynamic sites with a page structure as perfect as a hand coded site.

error404 page and more secure folders

To save time and effort Superblogging now creates your error404.html page automatically. It only does this if one is not already present and it uses a template from the default directory. This error page will be shown when people look for pages that do not exist, instead of displaying the advertising links that some hosts have started doing.

At the same time as creating the error404 page it also checks each sub directory and places an index page in each of these. This will stop any investigation of your directories by unwanted visitors who can no longer look for files in your directories.

Changing the main article font

Superblogging release 2.52e has the article font as an external text file in the default directory called parastart and paraend. You should not need to change this much but you can if you want. It the only piece of code that could not be changed outside of the software, but now it can.

Improved RSS generation

A must these days is distributing your latest news via RSS. Many people create a separate blog to do this but Superblogging allows you to export any page of your existing website against an XML template to create the feed. All you have to do then is upload it and run it through feedburner to control your distribution. Feedburner gives you the script to add into your website template or you can compare our site's code to see how it's done. Don't forget to add the link rel= in the head tags to activate the 'feed present' button in the users browser.

Optimised page compression increases performance

Superblogging now includes a page compression feature giving around a 20% reduction in page size. A key benefit of this client side DB to HTML solution has always been that it generates very low bandwidth, hand code quality pages. However, these can now be compressed further to remove all unnecessary characters and further reduce the bandwidth of busy sites.

Large sections of the web design community are currently switching from the traditional WYSIWYG developed sites to online CMS packages like Joomla etc. The need for dynamic data placement and extra server processing power will always make this type of site slower than hand coded pages. This can limit their use for very busy site or when several sites are run on the same server.

Superblogging provides a more effective alternative to online CMS solutions.

New form layout without tables

We've just (2.52d) revised the feedback form to remove the table and make it 100% CSS compliant.

You can add style changes into the sample feedback.txt file between the head tags and the top and these will be placed in the page head section.

You have to add your 'action'address for the form to work with your host. Ask your ISP if you don't know what this is.

Seach engine improvements

We've just identified and solved in release 2.52d a couple of issues with the inbuilt search engine.

Solutions in older programs are don't use quotation marks in the summary and delete the very last null character in the db.js file (open in notepad) for the search feature to work in Firefox browsers.

Two New Re-brands

We've made custom rebrands for the IT and Web Network of developers and eye fusion design

Create RSS feeds straight from Superblogging

The XML generator has been improved to remove the many characters that crash basic XML files. This means you can confidently just copy and past text into SB then select a suitable template (e.g. based on the RSS feed example) and push build to create the file.

The table generator will also now allow you to load XML files straight into the grid giving an easy way to import XML and convert it to HTML tables. There is a sample xml conversion file in the default directory which tell SB which properties to import so that you don't have to display the complete XML. This is useful for recruitment companies for example who may want to automatically add data exported from their recruitment software.

Customising the next and previous buttons

The next and previous buttons only appear when the @navbar code is in the page and there are sub-pages in the group.

It then places the code that is in the default directory to into the page. So all you have to do to make an arrow image appear instead of the text is replace the default code with your own.

We recommend you start a new default directory somewhere else so that this image will not be used in every site and when you upgrade SB these default files are not overwritten. You can also back this directory up if it's within your normal backup directories.

Matching new page names to existing names

Some people think it's better for Google ranking to have keywords in the page names. It's certainly worth matching new names with existing names so that old traffic does not get lost. This is easy to do.

Go to the setup page

De-select letters not name check box half way down.

Press Edit button that will appear and enter, or rename, the names in the list.

Select 'no number' checkbox to remove the first number e.g. page.htm not page1.htm etc.

We actually prefer the basic letter system because when sites get changed they always keep the same names. It's much easier to manage and probably just as good for Google.

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