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Start saving from today with our Black Friday Website Builder Deals! Through November 30th you can save 20% off UltimateWB Promo, UltimateWB PromoU, UltimateWB Essentials+, UltimateWB Lite, and UltimateWB Full software. Use coupon code 20BlackFriday on the View Cart page before Checkout to redeem the offer.

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How to make Google like you more with the UltimateWB Sitemap Generator Tool Upgrade!

We have added a new option to the built-in Sitemap Generator Tool in UltimateWB Full and Lite software versions – you can now exclude selected web pages from getting listed on your generated sitemap.

Why you may want to not include a web page on your sitemap?

By default, your inactive webpages aren’t included in the sitemap by the Sitemap Generator Tool. But sometimes, you also don’t want an active webpage included either, because the page’s purpose is more about performing a function in your website, rather than providing content that should be indexed by search engines like Google, Bing, or Yahoo. Examples include a post or member activation page, or a payment page – pages where the content can only be displayed if all the relevant parameters are involved, and they won’t be if accessed through a Google search.

What happens if you include such “no content” web pages on your sitemap?

Is there a downside to including these type of pages anyways? There might be. If you have submitted your sitemap to Google, for example, and use the Google Search console to analyze your website, you will find a Soft 404 error for those pages, and that the page validation failed.

What is a Soft 404 Error?

This means that the page does not exists or it has little or no content – the latter would be the case for pages that you want to exclude in the Sitemap Generator Tool.

Why you don’t want Soft 404 Errors…

It’s right in the name, right?! Error! But seriously, as the Google Search Console Help section on Soft 404 Errors puts it, it is a “bad practice”:

A success code tells search engines that there’s a real page at that URL. As a result, the page may be listed in search results, and search engines will continue trying to crawl that non-existent URL instead of spending time crawling your real pages.

How to get rid of Soft 404 Errors?

It is very simple. Login to your UltimateWB website admin panel, go to Pages > List Pages on the top menu bar, and click on the Edit button for the pages you need to exclude from the sitemap. On the Add/Edit page, towards the top of the page, there is a box that you just checkmark to exclude the selected page from the Sitemap Generator Tool including in the sitemap. Make sure to scroll to the bottom of the page to then Save your changes!

The example above is for an Event payment page. If this page was included in the sitemap for the website, it would get a Soft 404 Error, as there would be very little content displayed if accessed through the search engine, without the necessary parameters – and there is no point to list such a page on the search engines.

Keep the search engine listings to the pages that your website visitors will appreciate!

You can update your sitemap manually via your website admin panel Configure Site > Sitemap Settings page, as well as automatically via a “cron job” that you can set up so that your server updates your sitemap periodically as you – or your members/visitors – add content.

As noted on the Sitemap Settings page,  the Sitemap Generator Tool runs automatically per the installation setup, but you can click the link there to . manually run the sitemap generator right now.

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Quick Useful Tip for Easy Google Ads Optimization

If you’re setting up your own Google Ads (previously known as Google Adwords), or setting them up for your clients, you’re going to want to know this tip – it can save so much time. This trick allows you to easily set different bids and make other small changes on campaigns, while keeping the current campaigns. This is very useful, for example, if you want slightly different settings for various countries. How can you do this the quick fast way, instead of manually? You can actually copy a Google Ads campaign and paste it – then click on it to update to the new settings you want.

Here’s the step-by-step on how to copy/paste a Google Ads campaign:

1) On the Google Ads Campaigns manager, checkmark the campaign(s) you want to copy.

2) On the top of this dashboard, click on th “Edit” menu to open the drop down menu, and then choose “Copy”

3) Then click on the top “Edit” menu again, and this time in the drop down menu choose “Paste”. You will get some options to choose from for the paste action, namely, to pause the new campaign(s) after pasting, and adjust the start and end dates.:

4) Then just click on the “Paste” button at the bottom of these options, and Google Ads will automatically do the copy/paste work for you.

You’re all set – now just click on the new campaign you pasted to make any changes you want.

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How to switch website builders without putting the “old” website on hold while the “new” one is being built?

There are 2 methods, and they depend on whether or not you are using hosted website builders, where you have to use that company’s web hosting.

If you are switching from a hosted website builder like Wix, Weebly, or Squarespace, for example, build the new website on another server. You will also have to do this if you are switching to a hosted website builder. You will have to pay for 2 servers while your new website is getting built. However, If you are planning on using the same domain name for your new website and your new website builder is an online website builder, like most are, you will need to either quickly switch over your current website content over to the new website builder or use a temporary domain name for the new website and then switch over your domain name to it when ready.

If you are using a website builder that allows you to choose your web hosting and the new website builder does too – like WordPress, Magento, Joomla, UltimateWB – you can build your new website on another folder on the same server. Then you only have to pay for the one server, even if you want to switch servers for your new website. For example, when people want to switch from WordPress to UltimateWB, and also use the UltimateWB web hosting plan, we just have to upload the WordPress website to the new server, and then install UltimateWB on a subfolder. When the new website is ready, we just move the new website over to the root of the server.

Related: How to switch your web hosting/website builder AND Keep Your SEO/Ranking/Traffic

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How does a mobile-friendly website design increase your conversion rate?

A lot of users may go on your website on their smartphones, so it is a good idea for your website to be responsive, i.e. mobile friendly. It will allow users to find what they need fast and easy, rather than leave your website instantly because it is too hard to navigate. You can easily make your website mobile friendly by using UltimateWB and the built-in responsive app.

Got a techy/website question? Whether it’s about UltimateWB or another website builder, web hosting, or other aspects of websites, just send in your question in the “Ask David!” form. We will email you when the answer is posted on the UltimateWB “Ask David!” section

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What is the best of to create form for a web page? With HTML or backend programming language?

You need more than html for any interactive element such as a form. You can do it with php. Or, alternatively, you can use a website builder like UltimateWB – it has a built-in contact form and forms builder. So no coding required.

Got a techy/website question? Whether it’s about UltimateWB or another website builder, web hosting, or other aspects of websites, just send in your question in the “Ask David!” form. We will email you when the answer is posted on the UltimateWB “Ask David!” section

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How long does one web development project take to complete from start to finish?

It depends on the size of the website project, and what you use to build it.

For advanced, interactive websites, coding from scratch can take months, while with a website builder like UltimateWB, you can do it in days. UltimateWB has a lot of built-in social apps that you can use and customize, no experience necessary.

UltimateWB also makes the process a lot faster for simple websites, as it has a built-in styles manager for designing your website, a contact form app, and really easy content management system, i.e. CMS. You can make a simple website with UltimateWB in one day, while coding from scratch, or using other website builders that don’t have similar built-in tools, can take you weeks to complete the website project.

Got a techy/website question? Whether it’s about UltimateWB or another website builder, web hosting, or other aspects of websites, just send in your question in the “Ask David!” form. We will email you when the answer is posted on the UltimateWB “Ask David!” section

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I’ve learned the basics of HTML and CSS. What type of websites should I try to build to test myself?

You can build informational websites with HTML and CSS. You can also use your HTML and CSS knowledge to customize interactive websites you build with a website builder, like UltimateWB. UltimateWB lets you add/edit HTML and CSS in the CMS (content management system) and also CSS in the styles manager.

Got a techy/website question? Whether it’s about UltimateWB or another website builder, web hosting, or other aspects of websites, just send in your question in the “Ask David!” form. We will email you when the answer is posted on the UltimateWB “Ask David!” section

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How do you create a website that can upload files?

You can do it with php, or use UltimateWB – it has lots of built-in apps that allow uploading files, like the forum app, photos app, videos app, audios app, and files app.

Got a techy/website question? Whether it’s about UltimateWB or another website builder, web hosting, or other aspects of websites, just send in your question in the “Ask David!” form. We will email you when the answer is posted on the UltimateWB “Ask David!” section

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UltimateWB Full 6.2 upgrade for built-in social apps optimization

We have just released UltimateWB 6.2 for the Full version. It includes code optimizations and increased loading speeds for the built-in social apps.

You can play around with the new software update and admin panel on our demos! Check out the list of what’s new on the What’s New page under the “Features” tab.

We welcome your feedback!

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