Advanced page settings

Updated on 20-October-2016 at 10:16 AM

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This article details some of the advanced features available when working with Business Catalyst pages. The article covers options such as, release and expiry dates, role responsible, workflows, and audit logs.

301 Redirect

There are a number of reasons you may want to use 301 page redirects. For example, when deciding to move to Business Catalyst from another hosting provider, some old URLs that are no longer used may already be indexed by search engines. To avoid your pages resulting in a 404 (Page Not Found), you can set up 301 redirects for the respective pages. This way when clicking an existing link via Google the user will be redirected to an existent page of your choosing.

Here's a more specific example:

Running a search on Google for "slideshow" you might see a result pointing towards Accessing that link will cause a 404.

To prevent this, you can just setup a redirect for "/slideshow" to point to "/ showcase" for example.

Set as start page

Every domain you add to your Business Catalyst site - including the system and domains need to have a start page. Think of this like the default page for that particular domain.

To mark a particular page as a starting page for all your domains expand the Actions drop down and choose the Set as Start Page option.

If you need to choose a different starting page for your domains:

  • go to the Site settings -> Site domains panel
  • click the Edit link of the domain you want to set the start page for:

Release and expiry dates

All pages have a Release and Expiry date that can be set. This option is found in the page detail screen, by clicking to expand the More Options section.

This is useful when working with a page dedicated to a special offer, running just for the holiday season, for example (entire month of December). You can create this page in advance, and just configure it to be released on 1DEC and to expire on 31 DEC. This way you won't have to worry about manually launching and/or closing the respective page.

Exclude from search results

Often you'll find yourself working on a page that's going to take a while to be finished. You wouldn't want it to be indexed as its content or layout will suffer some changes throughout the development process. It's easy to avoid this with Business Catalyst: under SEO Metadata, just click "Hide this page for search engines".

Role responsible and Workflow

Underneath the Expiry date, roles can be defined for each page. This means that the users inside the role attributed to the page will be notified when the respective page is about to expire. If you've hired a content editor that's maintaining pages. In the scenario described under Release and expiry dates , the user role could be marked as responsible for the page that's set to expire at the end of December. This way the user will know when it's time to either prepare new content, send an e-mail campaign, or carry out other relevant marketing actions.

Archive and rollback

Every page can be restored to a previous state by accessing the Archive and Rollback section. Each recorded instance can be viewed before publishing. This is great if you've made a mistake while editing a page, that's going to take too long to manually fix.