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Defining a canonical URL tag for a Taxonomy Summary Layout menu item

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In Soapbox, you have the ability to define a canonical URL tag for a Taxonomy Summary Layout menu item. Canonical URLs can be defined in the HTML header for a page and signal to search engines the master or preferred URL for content. This is helpful for search engine optimization particularly when different variations of the URL exist for your site.

For instance, you may have a blog with a menu item showing all articles with a particular Term applied to them that is paginated with, say, 5 results per page. Each view of the pagination will have a slightly different URL like this:

https://www.someorg.org/blog/terms/client-success
https://www.someorg.org/blog/terms/client-success?start=5
https://www.someorg.org/blog/terms/client-success?start=10

Setting a canonical URL can help manage this from an SEO perspective by setting just the base version of the URL as the canonical (e.g., https://www.someorg.org/blog/terms/client-success).

To define a canonical URL for a Taxonomy Summary Layout menu item:

  • Go to Menu Manager and locate the menu for your Taxonomy Summary Layout
  • Open the add/edit menu item whose canonical URL you wish to define
  • In the Parameters (Basic) module, for Canonical URL Type, select one of the following:
    • None: No canonical URL will be explicitly set for this menu item.
    • Automatic: Soapbox will explicitly set the base URL of the page as the canonical URL
    • Manual: A URL you specific will be used to explicitly set the canonical URL for this menu item.
  • If you chose Manual for Canonical URL Type, enter the full URL you wish to use as the canonical URL for this menu item (e..g., https://www.someorg.org/blog/great-articles-url)
  • Click Save
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