I’ve been promising the release of the new version of our ApexNinjas Blog Platform that is running www.apexninjas.com. You can read the initial release notes on the Blog Plaform page. You can download and install it with no costs or hidden agendas.
Soon, we will update the release notes with detailed information about security and CSS customization. Just as a peak preview, the application was tested for security leaks using Recx ApexSec tool and respects all the best practices involved in developing APEX applications. It also has a simple role-based access mechanism, making some pages and features available only for administrator users and separating the data between regular users.
Also, we spent an important amount of time making the platform configurable, so you can customize the sidebar widgets, article bars, CSS layouts and so on. We will get back with instructions on how to work with the Administration Panel soon.
Meanwhile, download it, install it, enjoy it and please, send us some feedback!
Blog Platform download page.
Creating a website in APEX might be an easy tasks for an experienced developer, but what about making your website “Google-friendly”? Or any other “Search-engine-friendly”? By default, APEX applications have very little “out-of-the-box” features for Search Engine Optimization (SEO). The URL links look messy, you have no default description or keywords meta-tag. But all this can be fixed by following these simple rules. These rules were enforced on the old versio of www.apexninjas.com (built on APEX NinjaBlog Platform) and have proven to work (over 50% of our daily hits come from Google) and are basically simple SEO guidelines:
1. Make sure each of your site pages has a distinct name. Do not look at an APEX page (which is an application page) as a webpage. They might be same, but might also not.
2. Insert “description” and “keywords” meta tags in each of your pages’ HTML header
3. Create a sitemap and register it to Google Webmaster Tools application. Eliminate the session id from the URLs.
4. Follow basic SEO rules: content is king, use H1 and H2 tags for titles, use bold text for emphasis, add alt tags to your pictures and do not repeat or copy content from other web resources.