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Why Use of “Token Sense” is Common Sense

A lot of thought and effort goes into building and designing certain aspects of one’s website. A website can include interactive calendars, brand enhancing banners or slides shows—or unique and stylized content. Leveraging these items and ensuring their consistency across one’s web properties can save an enormous amount of time and add quality assurance to site.

Pixelsilk allows you to use web tokens to save all kinds of work and let others use it to, which is especially helpful for those building and managing multiple sites. A web token is code that inserts something like this [[“and”]], so the CMS knows what to show where.  After creating web tokens, all approved users can just start typing [[name of token]] in editor window and the Pixelsilk token sense window will come up. The window allows you to confirm selected web token. Once you do, it will instantly render element or content right there.

Web tokens can include controls, themes, skins or content—really what you can think up and build using CSS, HTML, JavaScript or a plug-in.  Another time-saving benefit is after a token is updated, the update can be easily rendered across multiple sites by a click.

When you consider these benefits, you can see why use of Pixelsilk tokens make a lot of sense and makes a lot of customers happy.

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” 🙂