Assigning a Primary Category / Breadcrumb in SuiteCommerce

Assigning a primary category in NetSuite SuiteCommerce Advanced sets a breadcrumb path on your e-commerce product (item) pages which helps Google, search engines, and users understand your site better. Here’s how to assign a primary category (or add breadcrumbs to products pages) in SuiteCommerce.

  1. Log in to NetSuite SuiteCommerce at https://www.netsuite.com/portal/home.shtml
  2. Go to Lists > Website > Commerce Categories.
  3. Click Edit next to the Commerce Category that corresponds to the primary category of the item you want to assign a primary category for. Productivity tip: If you want to do many of these, you can Ctrl or Cmd-Click to open them in new tabs.
  4. Click the Items heading.
  5. Click the first item you’d like to assign from the list, then click under the Primary Category heading to reveal a checkbox (screenshot below). Check the box, then click OK to save.
  6. Click the next item where you’d like to assign a primary category.
  7. When finished, click Save.
Primary Category checkbox in SuiteCommerce Advanced

How can I tell if a Primary Category is assigned in SuiteCommerce?

The easiest way to tell if a primary category is assigned to the items (products) on your website is to look at the product page on your website. If a primary category is assigned, you’ll see a proper breadcrumb path, as shown below.

SuiteCommerce product with a primary category selected

If there is no primary category assigned, you’ll see Home > Product in the breadcrumb path, as shown below.

SuiteCommerce product with no primary category selected

Why breadcrumbs are important to user experience and SEO

Breadcrumbs are important for user experience and SEO. Breadcrumbs help a user understand where they are on your site, and quickly navigate to other sections of your website. If the user lands on a product that isn’t quite what they want, they can quickly move up a level to look at related products in the same category. Breadcrumbs help search engines understand your website hierarchy and improve internal linking which helps visibility in organic search results.

SuiteCommerce: Setting up 301 redirects

How to set up 301 redirects in NetSuite SuiteCommerce Advanced (SCA)

  1. Log in to NetSuite SuiteCommerce at https://www.netsuite.com/portal/home.shtml
  2. Go to Setup > SuiteCommerce Advanced > Redirects.
  3. Click New, then select your website from the Domain Name drop-down.
  4. Enter the URL to redirect from in the Redirect From URL field. Only include everything after website.com, (i.e. /blue-widget).
  5. Enter the URL to redirect to in the Redirect To URL field. Enter the protocol, www (if-applicable), and website.com, (i.e. https://www.google.com/all-widgets).

Importing Redirects via CSV

You may also import redirects into SuiteCommerce using a CSV file with the following column headings and data.

  1. Domain name – This should match the domain name in your NetSuite configuration and generally follows this pattern: www.website.com
  2. Redirect From URL – This is the URL you want to redirect from. Use everything after the .com, starting with a slash (/). I.e. /widget
  3. Redirect To URL – This is the URL you want to redirect to. On this one, enter the entire URL, including the https:// and www. I.e. https://www.website.com/new-widget

SuiteCommerce Advanced: Bounce Rates after 2018.2 GTM Editor Bundle

A few clients recently began using the NetSuite GTM Editor bundle on SuiteCommerce Advanced (SCA) version 2018.2. The clients reported unusually low bounce rates in Google Analytics after implementation of the GTM Editor bundle. After some analysis, we discovered an issue with how events are configured by the GTM Editor bundle. Anyone else? Shoot me an email to discuss.

Google’s June 25 2017 Algorithm Update & Core Quality Updates

I’m working with a client affected by the June 25, 2017, Google algorithm update.

I’m a few weeks into analysis for a client who experienced significant ranking declines after this update. Rank Ranger did a great job of analyzing the types of sites and rankings affected by this algorithm update. My client’s site fits into Rank Rangers description of the those impacted, it is a consumer goods website, and a vast number of the affected pages were ranking in Google positions 6-10.

After lots of searching and reading, I’ve come to understand this could be what many in the SEO community refer to as a core quality (or Panda) update. It seems Google has been focused on content quality for much of the 2nd half of 2017.

Here are a few items to consider if you or a client has been hit by a core quality update.

One of the quickest ways to see if your website may have been impacted by a core quality (Panda) update is the use the Panguin SEO Tool, which pulls your organic search traffic from Google Analytics and charts it alongside a graph with markers for confirmed and unconfirmed Google Algorithm Updates.

Basics of SEO at WordPress Austin Meetup

Garrett presented this talk to the Austin WordPress Meetup Group on October 16, 2017. A description of the talk along with the slides is included below.

Learn the basics of SEO and how to optimize your WordPress website to improve visibility in search engines. Garrett will talk about the SEO tasks you should take care of ASAP and will provide an overview of SEO and local SEO. Garrett will also review popular SEO WordPress plugins and settings.

Umbraco Articulate Blog – SEO & User Experience Enhancements

A client recently migrated from a proprietary association content management system to Umbraco, a flexible, open-source dot .NET web content management system. I have been impressed by the flexibility and ease of use of Umbraco for everything from authoring new content, to front-end/back-end development, to the ease-of-use of the templates.

Umbraco Logo

The client now needed a blogging solution. When evaluating blog packages, the team looked at a few options including WordPress and Articulate, a blog package for the Umbraco content management system. From the organization and development perspective, managing the blog within Umbraco made the most sense. I am the SEO Consultant, so I reviewed the Articulate blog package from an SEO and user experience perspective and provided the recommendations below.

Hopefully, an Umbraco/Articulate developer will find this post and consider adding these features to the core Articulate blog package. These changes improve the product, make SEO and User Experience Designers more inclined to use the Articulate blog package, and improve the visibility of Articulate hosted blogs in search engines. I don't have all the technical details on how the changes below were implemented, but hopefully, you have a developer to help with those steps.

Blog Business Requirements

  1. To host multiple blogs under a single install of whatever blog package we choose.
  2. If multiple blogs exist, the /blogs/ page should turn into a directory that has a listing of each of the blogs and most recent posts with links and a snippet of text about each.

SEO & UX Functionality that should be added to the Articulate blog package

  1. It was a hassle for the software developers to get multiple blogs in the same /blogs/ folder. There are still some peculiarities with this in how the content is managed in Umbraco.
  2. If there are multiple blogs in a single instance, make the /blogs/ folder a directory of currently published blogs with the following configuration options:
    • Allow the user to select how many posts to show on the page.
    • Set an option to show the most recent blog post as highlighted, with an image, larger text, display the excerpt/description inline.
    • Set an option to show the excerpt/description, date, and date format along with the blog post link.
    • Set an option to enable/disable RSS feed for the blog.
  3. The default settings automatically place all blog posts inside a folder called /archives/ Why not make the default folder something like /posts/? Or just put the blog post in a corresponding month and year folder?
  4. Consider turning date on by default in the URL. This should help prevent duplicate blog URLs and will help organize blog posts into month and year folders, similar to other blog software.
  5. Add breadcrumbs to blogs and blog posts. These are helpful to users, so they have a consistent experience across the site. Breadcrumbs also help Google and search engines crawl and index blog posts and content.
  6. Consider an option to add an on/off switch that would add a meta noindex tag in the header of tag pages. Often these pages aren't incredibly useful to search engine crawlers.
  7. When published, blog posts should be added to global sitemap.xml file. This is an XML file with a list of all of the important web pages on a website, it is used by search engines to determine which pages to crawl first and can be useful in notifying search engines that you have new content available.
  8. By default, both category and tags should be switched to lowercase and spaces should be replaced with hyphens before the tags and categories are written into URLs. Not doing this, you end up with category and tag URLs that look like this.
    • https://www.garrettdigital.com/blog/categories/Estate%20Planning/
    • https://www.garrettdigital.com/blog/tags/Business%20Succession%20Plan/