Opened 6 years ago

Closed 5 years ago

Last modified 5 years ago

#3815 closed defect (bug) (fixed)

The WordCamp 2018 site homepage has a canonical tag pointing to the 2019 site

Reported by: jonoaldersonwp's profile jonoaldersonwp Owned by: iandunn's profile iandunn
Milestone: Priority: low
Component: WordCamp Site & Plugins Keywords: good-first-bug needs-patch

Description (the homepage template only) contains a canonical URL tag with a value of

This will negatively impact the visibility of the 2018 site, as well as causing issues when linking to / sharing the URL.

As a quick tactical fix, we should change the value of the tag to

Change History (6)

#1 @mukesh27
6 years ago

  • Keywords good-first-bug added

it is a silly mistake. Nice cache @jonoaldersonwp

#2 @iandunn
6 years ago

  • Keywords needs-patch added
  • Priority changed from high to low

This is happening because the site has already been created, even though the 2018 event hasn't happened yet, which is a rare exception to the process.

Probably the best way to fix this would be to update WordCamp_Canonical_Years_Plugin::wp_head() to ignore sites that are in Coming Soon mode.

This doesn't seem like a high priority to me, but maybe that's because I'm not seeing the tangible issues it's causing? The Twitter and Facebook shares seem ok.

Can you elaborate on the impact of this?

#3 @jonoaldersonwp
6 years ago

Any equity which the site might have in the eyes of search engines is being actively syphoned off to the wrong website. That makes the site and its pages less visible and discoverable, which means that we get fewer attendees, fewer contributors, and less market share vs content management systems which get the bare basic fundamentals of SEO right.

There's a really great plugin which we could use, which handles all of this sort of thing correctly and gracefully :)

#4 @jonoaldersonwp
6 years ago

Oh, also... even if this were the intentional/correct behaviour, we're incorrectly linking to the HTTP rather than the HTTPS version of the 2019 site.

#5 @iandunn
5 years ago

  • Owner set to iandunn
  • Resolution set to fixed
  • Status changed from new to closed

In 7866:

WordCamp Canonical Years: Wait until current event is over to add link.

Fixes #3815
Props jonoaldersonwp, iandunn

#6 @iandunn
5 years ago

In 7868:

WordCamp Canonical Years: Set HTTPS scheme for links.

See #3815
Props @jonoaldersonwp, iandunn

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