How to navigate the Siteimprove CMS Plugin
By Guðrún Gústafsdóttir
The Siteimprove CMS plugin is a small overlay box, that, after installation, will appear in your CMS platform and inform you about the issues related to the site/page that you are working on. This article is intended to demonstrate how to navigate the Siteimprove CMS Plugin.
Note: Data shown in the Siteimprove CMS Plugin depends on the Siteimprove services that you are subscribed to.
The CMS plugin works as a small version of the Siteimprove Intelligence Platform and will only show information about pages that are available to our crawler. If you have excluded pages based on a common URL element, no data will be shown regarding those pages.
The plugin does not provide information about unpublished pages, however, once a page is published you can use the CMS plugin to check the pages.
The following outlines the features available via the plugin:
- CMS plugin tab
- My history
- Site overview
- CMS Plugin Page details
- Re-check page
- See unpublish impact
CMS plugin tab
Once the CMS Plugin is configured, a tab appears within your CMS.
When this tab is expanded you are presented with information about the site in general and your plugin history. If you are on a content page within the CMS issues and data specific to the page are also presented.
This section lists 10 of the last pages that you have checked using the plugin and their issues. Note: Refreshing the page will clear the check history.
The Site Overview shows general information about your site:
- DCI® Score
- Quality Assurance issues
- Accessibility issues
- SEO issues
- Policy matches
- Overall Analytics information and Readability score if available
Note: The Siteimprove CMS plugin only displays information to services that are included in your subscription.
CMS Plugin Page details
The CMS Plugin page details are divided into 3 sections via a drop-down: Page Content Issues, Page Analytics, and SEO.
Page Content Issues
The Page Content Issues section shows data relating to the following:
- Broken links
- Readability levels
- Accessibility issues (A, AA, AAA conformance level)
- Policies marked as all sites and CMS Plug-in
The Analytics section shows data relating to the following:
- Page visits
- Page views
- Time spent on page
- Internal traffic (referring pages and next pages)
- Feedback rating and comments
Priority data providers
It is possible to show Priority data from third-party analytics providers.
So as well as Siteimprove, users can see Analytics Priority data from:
- Adobe Analytics (coming soon)
- Google Analytics
Page view data and graphs for the last 30 days can be seen in the CMS plugin.
This helps you make informed, data-driven decisions based on a page’s popularity.
The Site Overview tab in the CMS plugin shows behavior data that comes from the Priority data provider.
You can see analytics for the page you are viewing in CMS under the "This page" tab.
Go to This Page > Page Analytics
Priority provider integration can be configured in the Siteimprove platform at
Integrations > Integrations Overview > Priority data providers
SEO Page details
The SEO section gives details on the following:
- SEO Technical issues
- SEO Content issues
- SEO User Experience issues
- SEO Search snippet preview
- SEO Keywords related to this page
- SEO Competing content
This option is available when on a content page in your CMS system which gives you the possibility to re-check/re-crawl the page. When pages are re-checked, results will be returned immediately.
Note: When re-check is used, a single page check is performed and the page added to the "Single page check" area in the platform (Quality Assurance > Summary > Single page check).
See unpublish impact
The "See unpublish impact" section shows you data relating to a page that you're considering unpublishing. Please note, it does not un-publish any page, it provides information regarding impacted areas in Quality Assurance, Ads, and SEO, that you should be aware of before unpublishing.
- Quality Assurance: External or internal links that refer to the page.
- SEO: Effect on pages included in Search engine optimization (SEO).
- Ads: Information on Landing Page Optimization checks, provided by the Ads module.
- Shortened URL: See if unpublishing a page will have an impact on short URLs linked to the page.
For example, you'll be informed about external or internal links that refer to the page or informed if the page is part of ongoing search engine optimization (SEO) work conducted via the Siteimprove SEO Advanced module.