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Pixelsilk And The New Canonical Link Element

During the SMX West 2009 keynote, Google released information on the new ‘canonical link element.’

For more information on the keynote, see Matt Cutt’s Blog post.

We like this new link element. It should certainly help the engines improve their databases and use their clock cycles for the more important work.

This problem has been out there for a while and there is some good news here for Pixelsilk customers. First, Pixelsilk without a plug in, is already ensuring that the proper URL is being rendered and redirected so, most Pixelsilk sites are already fine. Secondly, simple HTML skills are all that is required to implement the canonical link element in Pixelsilk, no plug in required.

Pixelsilk uses a “token” system for common site elements and to leverage web developers preexisting work. Because of that, this canonical link element is already supported. Let’s use a site with two layout themes as an example for a moment. In Pixelsilk, you just add the following code to each site theme one time and you’re done:

<link href="[[PrimaryDomain]][[PagePath]]" rel="canonical" />

If you have questions or are fixated on a “plug in” type answer for this new link element, call us so you can see for yourself why it took six seconds for us to write this “plug in” 🙂