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i have some questions
« on: July 02, 2008, 04:31:23 pm »

i am new to coppermine--will someone have pity on me and answer a few questions? i tried reading the documentation and am confused.
1. am i wasting my time entering keywords----are they picked up by search engines ? if not what can i do to get my site picked up by search engines?
 2. if keywords are picked up by search engines ---i notice that when i am adding pictures to albums directly after uploading them the keyword screen automatically fills in-------it doesn't do this when i leave the keyword box blank and try to add them in the edit pictures screen. is there a way to enable this feature ?  thanks you can email answers to 

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Re: i have some questions
« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2008, 04:51:54 pm »

1. We have a strict 1 question per thread policy. Which you agreed to when signing up.
2. It is not helpfull to other to have the answers emailed to you. That way others can not benefit from the answers given you.

The keywords you give for pictures are not for search engine use. They are used within cpg.

Just as a reminder: below are the forum policies that everyone agreed to when signing up:
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1. Read the documentation first!
The documentation that comes with coppermine should answer most newbie questions.

2. Read the FAQ

3. Search the board
The search facility on the forums is probably your best friend when having a problem, there is a good chance that someone else has had the problem you are having and that a solution has been posted before, so to try and get an answer straight away use this tool. If at first you don't seem to find what you are looking for try again with different words.

4. Read the stickies
Threads marked with a pin are listed at the very top of each board. They contain answers to many questions that were posted over and over again, or they may contain important announcements from the dev team. They also contain information what kind of postings are allowed on a particular sub-board and what information supporters need to answer your questions. Make sure to read the stickies on a board before posting to it.

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Instead, use a short phrase that describes your problem - this will make things easier for supporters as well as other users who might encounter a similar problem and browse the board for relevant postings.

7. Be detailed
Post as many details as possible on the issue you're facing; for a start, you should post a link to your gallery and a test user account (without admin privileges). If the page in question can't be accessed by "regular" users (e.g. admin pages), post a screenshot.

8. Post links
When posting a support request, it's helpfull for supporters in most cases to see what the actual page looks like, that's why it's recommended that you always post a link to your coppermine gallery page when asking for support. If your site contains adult content, make sure to post a warning together with your link!

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Re: i have some questions
« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2008, 07:04:13 pm »

The keywords you give for pictures are not for search engine use. They are used within cpg.
As they're part of the output, they'll be picked up by search engine spiders as well.

However, in terms of SEO, you better give your pics a good title and description.

Posting your email address here will only result in getting more spam, as your email address will definitely be going to be picked up by email harvesters.
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