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The latest updates to the Siteimprove Platform

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Check this page regularly for all the latest updates to the Siteimprove Platform (usually once a week).

November 26th, 2020:

Crawler Management

We have added a Crawler Management section under Settings in the platform. The new section has two pages: Site Overview and Scan History.

On the Site Overview page, you can check the scan status of all sites on your account. This will help you keep an overview of when your sites are crawling.

On the Scan History page, you can see the details of a full scan, which includes queue time, crawl time, and processing time. This provides insights into all crawls performed on a specific site.

The Crawler Management section is only available to Administrators and Account Owners.

You can read more in our newest Crawler articles.

November 19th, 2020:

Accessibility NextGen: Period picker for charts

We have added a period picker for charts in the Accessibility NextGen product.

With the period picker, you can set a timeframe based on custom dates or preset options. The preset options include: Last 7 days, Last 14 days, Last 30 days, and Last 90 days.

Sign up for our Accessibility NextGen product.

Essentials: Edit width of dashboard widgets

You can now select the width of dashboard widgets when adding or editing widgets for custom dashboards.

The width options are: 25% of dashboard, 50% of dashboard, 75% of dashboard, and Full width of dashboard.

November 12th, 2020:

Performance: Suggested Improvements

We have updated the Suggested Improvements in Performance.

The issue details pages now include affected visitor profiles, estimated savings in seconds, and guides on how to fix specific issues. 

The optimized Suggested Improvement should make it easier for you to find the most practical solutions to your Performance issues.

November 5th, 2020:

Web Security Product Launch

Our Web Security product is now live! It includes features such as:

  • Score overview
  • Web Security categories
  • Detected issues list
  • Issue details with recommendations
  • Website Certificates
  • Email Alerts
  • Historic Overview

If you want to read more about our newest product and try it out in the Siteimprove platform, go to our Web Security page.

Quality Assurance: Confirm or dismiss broken links

[Live on all markets]

We have updated our Broken Links page to make your work easier and to avoid using time on false-positive broken links.

The new page includes three tabs: Confirmed broken linksLinks to review, and Dismissed links.

The "Confirmed broken links" table lists all URLs that return a 404, a soft 404, or a 410 HTTP status code. The "Links to review" table shows all URLs returning any other unsuccessful HTTP status code.

From "Links to review", you can choose to confirm a link broken, thereby moving it to "Confirmed broken links".

You now also have the option to dismiss broken links:

  • You can dismiss a link forever which moves the link to the Dismissed links table and remains there, unless you revert the decision.
  • You can dismiss a link for now which moves the link to the Dismissed links table but if the HTTP status code of the link changes, it will automatically move back to Confirmed broken links or Links to review.

When dismissing a link, you have the option to add a comment that documents why the link is dismissed. This will help create transparency if you are multiple users working on broken links.

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Integrations: Accessibility NextGen checks in CMS plugins

We have added Accessibility NextGen checks in our CMS plugins.

These will only be available for accounts that are currently using our Accessibility NextGen product in the platform.

The checks include: Level A, Level AA, Level AAA, WAI-ARIA best practices, and Siteimprove best practices.

Sign up for our Accessibility NextGen product.

October 29th, 2020:

Ads: Make real-time changes in your Google Ads

You can now push changes from Siteimprove Ads to your Google Ads account.

This means that you can make real-time changes based on recommendations in Siteimprove Ads.

By doing so, you can optimize spending across different campaigns, manage bids on a keyword-level, and much more.

You can push changes from four different pages in Siteimprove Ads: Campaign details, Ad Group details, Keyword Details, and Ad Details.

By default, only Administrators and Account Owners will have the option to make real-time changes in Ads. But you can customize permissions for other users by going to Settings > Users > Roles.

You can read more in our Help Center article: Using Siteimprove Ads to make real-time changes in your Google Ads.

Web Security: DCI Benchmark on score

We have added an industry benchmark for Web Security scores.

As with other modules, this helps you understand how you are progressing compared to others in the same industry.

Web Security: Ignore issue occurrences

We have added an option to ignore issue occurrences. 

By ignoring issue occurrences, you can filter out the issues that you are not able to fix.

Web Security: Website certificates - Calendar view

We have added a calendar view to the Website certificates page.

You can already filter certificates based on when they expire, but the calendar view offers a clearer overview of upcoming expiration dates.

Web Security: Score Breakdown page

We have added a Score Breakdown page for Web Security.

As with other modules, the page helps you understand the logic behind the calculation of the Web Security score.

October 22nd, 2020:

Crawler: 'twitter.com'-domain no longer checked

As Twitter is blocking crawlers, including our content crawler, we are no longer checking the domain Twitter.com to avoid flagging false positives broken links.

See this article for further information.

Policy: HTML-match option in 'Get started' wizard

We have added an HTML-match option to the 'Get started' wizard in the learn component on the My Policies page.

Using this option, you can quickly create policies based on something found in the HTML source of a page.

CMS Deeplinks page

We have added a CMS Deeplinks page under Integrations.

The page documents the advantages of setting up CMS deeplinking, and it links to our request form and articles with technical details on CMS deeplinking.

Web Security: CSV export of Detected and Resolved issues

We have added an option to export the Detected issues and Resolved issues tables to a CSV file. 

When going to either of the two tables, you will now see a ".csv" button in the top-right corner of the table. By clicking the button, you will be able to export all the information from the table to a CSV file.

October 15th, 2020:

Quality Assurance: Confirm or dismiss broken links

[Live on selected markets: AU, CAN, IE, NZ, UK & US]

We have updated our Broken Links page to make your work easier and to avoid using time on false-positive broken links.

The new page includes three tabs: Confirmed broken linksLinks to review, and Dismissed links.

The Confirmed broken links table lists all URLs that return a 404, a soft 404, or a 410 HTTP status code. The Links to review table shows all URLs returning any other unsuccessful HTTP status code.

From Links to review, you can choose to confirm if a link broken, thereby moving it to Confirmed broken links.

You now also have the option to dismiss broken links:

  • You can dismiss a link forever which moves the link to the Dismissed links table and remains there, unless you revert the decision.
  • You can dismiss a link for now which moves the link to the Dismissed links table but if the HTTP status code of the link changes, it will automatically move back to Confirmed broken links or Links to review.

When dismissing a link, you have the option to add a comment that documents why the link is dismissed. This will help create transparency if you are multiple users working on broken links.

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Accessibility NextGen: New checks added

We have added 15 new checks to our Accessibility NextGen product.

We now also check for:

  • Headers attribute only refers to cells in the same table
  • Table header cells have assigned data cells
  • Headings are structured
  • Document starts with a level 1 heading
  • Paragraphs of text are not justified
  • Paragraphs of text are not all uppercase
  • Paragraphs of text have a line height of at least 1.5 times the text size
  • Font sizes are not specified using absolute lengths
  • Font sizes are not smaller than the smallest absolute size
  • Line heights are not specified using absolute lengths
  • Links with identical accessible names and context serve equivalent purpose
  • Zoomed text node is not clipped with CSS overflow
  • Scrollable element is keyboard accessible
  • Paragraphs of text are not all italic
  • Element marked as decorative is not exposed

Sign up for our Accessibility NextGen product.

October 8th, 2020:

Web Security: Website certificates

Our new Website certificates page in Web Security shows which SSL certificates that will expire soon.

The page includes a Certificate overview widget and a list of certificates where you can sort on Expired certificates and Certificates expiring within 30 days.

Accessibility NextGen: Thumbnails in Page Report

We have added thumbnails in Accessibility NextGen Page Reports.

These allow you to quickly see which images you should work on and where they are located on a page. 

September 24th, 2020:

Web Security: Export the Overview page

We have added an option to export the Overview page in Web Security to PDF or print.

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Performance: Overview Dashboard widget

After redesigning the Page Overview page in Performance, we have updated our our Performance Overview Dashboard widget to resemble the new page.

The updated Dashboard widget provides you with the same information as the Page Overview.

CMS plugin: Landing Page Optimization details in Unpublish section

[Live on all markets]

We have added Landing Page Optimization checks, provided by Ads, to the Unpublish section of our CMS plugins.

It makes it even easier for you to find out if unpublishing specific pages will impact your websites.

Additionally, we have improved our Unpublish section by dividing checks into two categories: Main impact and Potential impact.

SEO Advanced: Google Search Console Learn component 

[Live on all markets]

We have added a Learn component to the Google Search Console page in SEO Advanced. The page can be found under Research > Google Search Console.

The Learn component informs you about how Google Search Console can provide deeper insights into how your sites are performing in Google.

September 17th, 2020:

Analytics: Social Media/Search Engine filters

You can now create filters based on search engines and social media channels.

Search engines include: Social media channels include:
  • Altavista
  • Aol
  • Ask
  • Baidu
  • Bing
  • DuckDuckGo
  • Ecosia
  • Eniro
  • Google
  • Jubii
  • MSN
  • Yahoo
  • Others
  • Academia
  • CaringBridge
  • Facebook
  • Flickr
  • Foursquare
  • Google+
  • Instagram
  • LinkedIn
  • Pinterest
  • Reddit
  • Snapchat
  • Stumbleupon
  • Tumblr
  • Twitter
  • VK
  • Vine
  • WhatsApp
  • XING
  • Yelp
  • Youtube

New URL Shortener integration: ClickMeter

We have added ClickMeter as our newest URL Shortener integration.

By connecting your ClickMeter account to Siteimprove, you can check if any ClickMeter links have been created for specific pages.

Read more about all of our integrations on the Siteimprove Connectors page.

September 10th, 2020:

Accessibility NextGen: DCI® Score Breakdown

We have added the Accessibility Score Breakdown to NextGen. The page is similar to the one found in our current Accessibility product.

The page lists different checks and how they weigh in on the Accessibility score.

Sign up for our Accessibility NextGen product.

SEO Advanced: Google Search Console Learn component 

[Live on selected markets: AU, CAN, IE, NZ, UK & US]

We have added a Learn component to the Google Search Console page in SEO Advanced. The page can be found under Research > Google Search Console.

The Learn component informs you about how Google Search Console can provide deeper insights into how your sites are performing in Google.

CMS plugin: Landing Page Optimization details in Unpublish section

[Live on selected markets: AU, CAN, IE, NZ, UK & US]

We have added Landing Page Optimization checks, provided by Ads, to the Unpublish section of our CMS plugins.

It makes it even easier for you to find out if unpublishing specific pages will impact your websites.

Additionally, we have improved our Unpublish section by dividing checks into two categories: Main impact and Potential impact.

Performance: New Page Overview

We have updated the Page Overview in Performance.

This means that you can now sort your Performance pages into different categories of your own choosing. The new overview will improve your ability to manage your pages in Performance.

August 27th, 2020:

Accessibility NextGen: JIRA and Azure DevOps integrations added

You can now create tasks in Jira and Azure DevOps from the Accessibility NextGen module. Jira and Azure DevOps provide issue tracking and project management functions for software projects. Once the integration is configured, users can easily report Accessibility issues found by Siteimprove in these tracking tools.

SEO Advanced: Indexed Pages for Google Search Console removed

Google has deprecated the Indexed pages count from its Search Console API.
In line with this, we have removed the Indexed Pages tab from the Google Search Console integration view in SEO Advanced.

SEO Advanced: Google Search Console graph updated

To improve the visualization of incomplete months on the graph, this update introduces:

  • Plot-bands on the x-axis to highlight
  • Appended text in the tooltip
  • Dashed lines

August 20th, 2020:

Web Security: Score added to domain picker

We have added the domain Web Security score to the domain picker. This allows users to see the score when selecting a domain in Web Security.

August 13th, 2020:

Web Security: Updated Domain picker

We have added a search option in the Domain picker. It lets you search through your domains when working in Web Security.

Web Security: Resolved issues

We have updated the Issues page in Web Security. It now has two tabs at the top of the page: Detected issues and Resolved issues. 

Resolved issues show all issue types that currently have no occurrences on the domain you are looking at. It might be issue types that you have solved, or ones that were never found on your domain.

Accessibility NextGen: New filters on Issues pages

We have added new filters to Issues, Potential issues, and Resolved issues in the Accessibility NextGen product. 

You can now filter on: Difficulty, Element type, Responsibility, and Conformance level. The Difficulty filter is only available on the Issues page.

Sign up for our Accessibility NextGen product.

Accessibility NextGen: Responsibility

We have added a new Responsibility filter. This will replace the roles that we have in our current Accessibility product.

Instead of using specific roles, we have chosen to operate with different areas of responsibility: Visual Design, UX Design, Content Writing, and Development. 

Every Accessibility issue is tied to a specific area of responsibility.

Sign up for our Accessibility NextGen product.

July 23rd, 2020:

Performance: Desktop device measurements

You can now choose the desktop device when adding a page to your Performance measurements.

By representing both mobile and desktop users, we are able to offer better and more realistic views of how your sites are performing. 

July 16th, 2020:

Analytics: Improved Visitors Summary page

We have added new charts to the Visitors > Summary page in Analytics.

You will now be able to see your Analytics data summarized in different new charts: pie charts, matrix charts, etc. These can also be exported to your Dashboard.

Ads: Upgraded data fetch

We have updated the way we fetch data from Google Ads APIs. 

Now you will get your Ads data updated every 4 hours instead of once per day.

July 9th, 2020:

Performance: Improved Video Playback

We have redesigned our Video Player on the Visitor Profile Results page in Performance.

This improves keyboard navigation and general accessibility.

Web Security: Improved Issue Details

We have added more thorough issue descriptions and references on the Issue Details pages in Web Security.

The pages have also been redesigned to align with the rest of the platform.

July 2nd, 2020:

Performance: Network Details

We have updated the Network Details table on the Visitor Profile Results page in Performance.

We have improved the design and the keyboard navigation. You will also be able to export the list of assets as a CSV file.

Azure DevOps integration

You can now connect to your Azure DevOps organization directly from the Siteimprove platform!

You can set up the connection in the platform by going to Integrations > Task Management > Connections. Here you can choose between Jira and Azure DevOps connections.

After connecting, you can create work items for Azure DevOps within Policy, Accessibility, Quality Assurance, and SEO.

You can read more about this and all our integrations on our Integrations page.

SEO: Improved Google Search Console

[Live for all markets]

On our Google Search Console page in SEO, you can now see which search terms are attached to specific pages.

With this new feature, you will be able to analyze which keywords are bringing traffic per specific page.

This is very valuable when setting target pages, as you can find new keywords/search terms attached to your target page.

Reporting on all sites for Quality Assurance Dashboard Widgets

We have added the option to see data across all your sites when using certain Quality Assurance dashboard widgets.

The new cross-site view is available for: Broken Links table, Broken Links status ring, Misspellings status ring, and the QA DCI score.

June 25th, 2020:

SEO: Improved Google Search Console

[Live on selected markets: DK, NO, SE, IS, EE, LV, & FI]

On our Google Search Console page in SEO, you can now see which search terms are attached to specific pages.

With this new feature, you will be able to analyze which keywords are bringing traffic per specific page.

This is very valuable when setting target pages, as you can find new keywords/search terms attached to your target page.

Improved Edit User/My Profile page

We have introduced tabs to provide a better overview of the Edit User/My Profile page in Settings.

Previously, you would have to scroll down the page to find certain settings. You can now click the tabs to find the specific settings instead.

Performance: Updated Content Breakdown

We have updated the Content Breakdown on the Visitor Profile Results page in Performance.

This provides better overview insights and has a heightened focus on improved Accessibility.

June 18th, 2020:

SEO: Improved Google Search Console

[Live on selected markets: AU, CAN, IE, NZ, UK & US]

On our Google Search Console page in SEO, you can now see which search terms are attached to specific pages.

With this new feature, you will be able to analyze which keywords are bringing traffic per specific page.

This is very valuable when setting target pages, as you can find new keywords/search terms attached to your target page.

June 11th, 2020:

Analytics: Account Overview of Behavior Maps

We have released a new Account Overview page of Behavior Maps in Analytics. The page will help you keep track of all Behavior Maps used on your account.

The overview can be accessed from the Behavior Maps page by clicking the new "Go to Account Overview" button.

Analytics: Segmentation Map improvements

We now offer even more options to segment your data on our Segmentation Map.

The new segmentation options include Visitor types, Funnels, Filters, and Monitored campaigns.

June 4th, 2020:

New version of the Adobe AEM plugin

We have released an updated version of our Adobe AEM plugin.

The new version provides better Enterprise and multi-site handling. It is now possible to use the plugin on specific parts of one or multiple sites.

We have also added an Unpublish workflow component.

An updated installation guide and user manual is available on the Adobe Experience Manager page.

Performance: Improved error messaging

We have updated the error messaging in the Creation Flow in Performance.

You can now gain insights into why the flow might be failing, and you have the option to continue setting up the URL even if it returns with an unsuccessful HTTP status code. 

May 28th, 2020:

Performance: New Page details

We have redesigned the Page details in Performance. We now present web page performance measurements in a new way!

The changes provide a better overview of how a page is performing across different visitor profiles.

We have added a Status table that shows how the page is currently performing based on the distribution of the measurements, the number of suggested improvements, and the average Performance score. Also, a Progress tab is included, which visualizes the specific measurements performed on the page.

A new map shows measurements for different regions, and our list of Suggested Improvements will help you prioritize what you should work on to improve your web pages' performance.

Performance: New location added

We have now added Hong Kong as a new location in Performance.

Accessibility Explorer

We have introduced a new feature called Accessibility Explorer.

This is a new option to explore a range of vision impairments in the Accessibility Page Report. You will find the option at the top right corner of the Page Report.

By using the Explorer, you will get a better understanding of the consequences of having an inaccessible site.

Ads: Misspellings

[Now live in all markets]

We have introduced a new misspelling check in Ads that helps you avoid making spelling mistakes in your ads.

Through the All Ads tab in Data Explorer, you will find a new column called Content Check which shows you the number of misspellings detected in each ad.

By clicking the number of misspellings, you are directed to the Ad Details page where the Content Check Status informs you of when the ad was last checked and what language was used. You can edit the language from here if needed.

At the bottom of the Ad Details page, a new Misspellings widget will show you the words that have been marked as a spelling mistake. From there, you can manage which words should be allowed.

New URL Shortener integrations

[Now live in all markets]

We now offer integrations to Bitly, Rebrandly, and T2M.

Further, we now also show information on shortened URLs in the Siteimprove CMS plugin. Also if you are using Siteimprove's own URL shortener in Analytics.

See our Connectors page for more information.

May 14th, 2020:

Analytics Script available in the platform

Under Tracking in Analytics Settings, we have added a new Analytics Script page. The new page displays the tracking code snippet needed in order to collect data from your sites.

The script will be available at all times for Analytics and Usability users that have an Administrator or Account Owner role.

SEO: Credit management

[Now live in all markets]

Under SEO Settings, we have added a new Credits Overview page. This will make it possible for Account Owners and Administrators to allocate and limit credits for each site on the account.

On the new page, you get an overview of credits in use and you can change allocated credits. A bulk-manage function has also been added, which saves you multiple clicks if you have a lot of sites on your account.

SEO credits are needed to create Activity Plans within SEO Advanced.

May 7th, 2020:

Ads: Misspellings

[Live on selected markets: AU, CAN, IE, NZ, UK & US]

We have introduced a new misspelling check in Ads that helps you avoid making spelling mistakes in your ads.

Through the All Ads tab in Data Explorer, you will find a new column called Content Check which shows you the number of misspellings detected in each ad.

By clicking the number of misspellings, you are directed to the Ad Details page where the Content Check Status informs you of when the ad was last checked and what language was used. You can edit the language from here if needed.

At the bottom of the Ad Details page, a new Misspellings widget will show you the words that have been marked as a spelling mistake. From there, you can manage which words should be allowed.

New URL Shortener integrations

[Live on selected markets: AU, CAN, IE, NZ, UK & US]

We now offer integrations to Bitly, Rebrandly, and T2M.

Further, we now also show information on shortened URLs in the Siteimprove CMS plugin. Also if you are using Siteimprove's own URL shortener in Analytics.

See our Connectors page for more information.

April 23rd, 2020:

DCI: Overview and My Sites

We have added a new menu item called Digital Certainty Index (DCI) to increase insight and visibility into your DCI scores.

The new menu item also features a 'My Sites' area which lets you compare DCI scores for all your sites.

It is our vision to continuously focus and improve on the DCI.

Performance: New locations added

We have now added three new location in Performance:

  • Stockholm, Sweden
  • São Paulo, Brazil
  • Montreal, Canada

SEO: Credit management

[Live on selected markets: AU, CAN, IE, NZ, UK & US]

Under SEO Settings, we have added a new Credits Overview page. This will make it possible for Account Owners and Administrators to allocate and limit credits for each site on the account.

On the new page, you get an overview of credits in use and you can change allocated credits. A bulk-manage function has also been added, which saves you multiple clicks if you have a lot of sites on your account.

SEO credits are needed to create Activity Plans within SEO Advanced.

April 16th, 2020:

Ads: Insights Stream

[Now live in all markets]

We have released a new feature to our Ads product called Insights Stream. 

The purpose of the feature is to make information offered by Siteimprove more actionable through specific recommendations.

The Insights Stream analyzes Ads data and provides you with an easy overview of the most effective actions.

Quality Assurance: New Broken Links Dashboard Widgets

We have added two new Dashboard Widgets to choose from: Confirmed broken links and Links to review.

These are the same broken link types that can be found in Quality Assurance > Broken Links.

SEO: Improved Competitor Analysis page

The Competitor Analysis page has gotten its own menu item under SEO > Activity Plans.

We have updated the page with a new Activity Plan picker at the top. Also, new Keywords filters are available. These will let you filter on Winners, Losers, and Threats.

April 2nd, 2020:

SEO: New highlights added to Keyword Details

We have added new highlights to the Keyword Details page, which are Featured snippets (if the keyword has any) and Opportunities.

Opportunities will show snippets that are triggered by the particular keyword but currently link to a competitor's page.

The new highlights will also be available through the Featured snippets column on the Keyword Monitoring page.

SEO: Bulk Keyword Import "Learn" component

You will now see a "Learn" component when you access the Bulk Keyword Import page under SEO Settings.

The component will define the specifications on the files you can use when bulk importing keywords.

March 26th, 2020:

Deactivate a policy

[Now live in all markets]

You can now deactivate policies. When deactivated, the policy is moved to the new "Inactive" table on the My Policies page.

Inactive policies are not run, unless you reactivate them. This will then start a new run of the policy and place is back on the "Active" table.

March 19th, 2020:

Edit Dashboard Widget titles

We have added the option to edit dashboard widget titles. You can do this by clicking "Edit widget" on an existing widget or when you add a new widget to a dashboard.

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Change number of items per page in Dashboard Widgets

You can now specifically choose the number of items per page that you want to see in your dashboard widgets. The option will appear when you add a new widget or edit an existing one.

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Individual columns for "Last login" and "Date added" on Manage Users page

We will now present the "Last login" and "Date added" information in two separate columns on the Manage Users page. Previously, these were presented as one column on the page.

March 12th, 2020:

Bulk import keywords in SEO

You can now bulk import your keywords to our SEO module in Siteimprove. 

Under SEO Settings, you will find Bulk Keyword Import that lets you either paste in all your keywords, or upload a .csv or .txt file containing your keywords. You can upload up to 1000 keywords at the time.

Quality Assurance: Broken Links / Links to review

On our Broken Links page in Quality Assurance, we have introduced a new category of links called "Links to review".

The differentiation between "Broken Links" and "Links to review" is based on the HTTP status code. Error codes, 404 and 410 will be marked as broken links while the remaining unsuccessful status codes will mark the link as one to review.

New Overview page in Data Privacy

We have added a new Overview page to Data Privacy, which will let you search across sites using Universal Search. 

Furthermore, you will have components showing historical graph trends on Personal Identification Numbers, Phone numbers, and Email addresses that are found on your sites.

March 5th, 2020:

Ads: Insights Stream

We have released a new feature to our Ads product called Insights Stream. 

The purpose of the feature is to make information offered by Siteimprove more actionable through specific recommendations.

The Insights Stream analyzes Ads data and provides you with an easy overview of the most effective actions.

SEO: Robots meta tag filter on Duplicate Content

You can now filter on pages with "noindex" and "nofollow" meta tags under Optimize > Duplicate Content in SEO. 

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SEO: Non-canonical pages filter added to Issues and Recommendations

We have added a filter to the "Pages" tab on the Issues and Recommendations page so you can now see non-canonical pages.

February 27th, 2020:

SEO: Featured snippets now available in Keyword Monitoring

We have added a Featured snippets column to your monitored keywords in Keyword Monitoring.

You can now see the featured snippets, that would appear at the top of Google's organic search results, directly in the Siteimprove platform!

SEO: Branded keywords filter on Keyword Performance

You can now choose to filter between branded and non-branded keywords when checking your keywords' performance. 

The filter is also available on the Keyword Monitoring and Keyword Discovery pages.

SEO: Quick links added to Competitor Analysis

To enhance the user experience of Competitor Analysis in SEO, we have added three quick links on the page: Top ranking pages by keyword, Top keywords by domain, and Competitor settings

See all historical chart annotations

You are now able to see all chart annotations ever created on your account.

By choosing "Show all" on the annotations table of any graph, you are seeing all annotations ever made for the specific graph.

New unpublish functionality in our CMS plugin

You can now use the CMS plugin to check if unpublishing a page will have an impact on your site.

Through the plugin's unpublish check, it will be able to identify any potential issues, and you are then able to make informed changes when unpublishing a page.

This functionality will only present information from the parts of the Siteimprove platform that you subscribe to.

February 20th, 2020:

Analytics: Data Exclusion Settings

We have added the option to exclude all Analytics traffic generated by known bots and crawlers. The bots and crawlers are based on an industry known list, provided by IAB (The Interactive Advertising Bureau).

You also have the option to apply specific filter decisions per site in Analytics, as well as configuring default settings for when new sites are added.

The Data Exclusion Settings are only available for users with an Administrator or Account Owner role.

Analytics: Auto-detect UTM links in Campaigns

You now have the option to auto-detect UTM links when setting up a campaign in Analytics. 

When adding a new campaign, a checkbox appears, and you can then choose if you want to have all Analytics traffic that matches the utm_campaign value automatically added to the monitored campaign.

Jira integration now available in Quality Assurance

You can now create Jira issues from multiple places within Quality Assurance: Pages with Broken Links, Broken Links, Pages with Misspellings or Words to Review, and All Quality Assurance Issues under QA Overview.

Jira integration is also available in Policy, Accessibility, and SEO.

February 13th, 2020:

Policy: Bulk re-check pages that match a policy

Under My Policies > Policy details, we have added a bulk "Re-check" button at the top of the list of pages that match a policy.

This will make it easy to quickly re-check all pages or tick off a handful of pages in the list and bulk re-check those.

CMS Plugins

The CMS plugin is now available for users of Jahia CMS.

February 6th, 2020:

Accessibility: Tagging made available on PDFs

You can now use tags to better categorize and organize your PDFs in Accessibility.

It is already possible to tag sites and pages in Siteimprove and this is now available for PDFs in Accessibility as well.

Increased limit of sub-table exports to 500 rows

We have increased the maximum amount of exportable rows on sub-tables from 200 to 500. Sub-tables can be included in Excel exports when you click to export a main table.

This makes it easier to export data from the Siteimprove platform.

January 30th, 2020:

Ads: Campaign performance metrics now visualized on world map

You can now get a visual world map overview of how your Google Ads campaigns perform. This is in addition to the existing three trend graphs in Ads > Data Explorer.

In addition to Clicks and Impressions available on the map, we have added Cost, Click-through Rate, Conversion Rate, Cost-per-Conversion, Return on Ad Spend, and Revenue.

Policy: New "Learn" component to support user onboarding

[Now live in all markets]

The My Policies page now features a new Learn component containing two tabs:

The "Introduction" tab aims to inspire new users to use pre-made policies from the Policy Library or to create their own custom policies.

The "Get started" tab offers an interactive widget that aims to help users create a policy to, for example, find pages missing a meta description.

Policy: Update of DCI Score Dashboard 

The Policy widget on the DCI Score Dashboard has been updated and now presents a trend graph of the total number of Policy matches on the chosen site. The graph goes back six months.

Previously, this Policy widget displayed the current total number of Policy matches on the site for example “100+”.

Data Privacy: New "Learn" component

Last in line of a number of improvements released to Universal Search, we have added a two tab Learn component:

One tab offers a short introduction and links to the Help Center where you can learn more about Universal Search, and the other tab provides tips for how to optimize a search for more targeted results.

January 23rd, 2020:

Use tags to filter pages in Readability

It is now possible to filter Readability pages by tags. This was already possible in Inventory > Pages.

Tags let users more easily categorize pages within Siteimprove and can be added automatically via the Policy module or manually by Account Owners and Administrators.

Policy Library templates added less than 50 times removed

We have cleaned up the Policy Library by removing 19 policy templates that had been added less than 50 times.

Policy templates removed:

  • Embedded Videos
  • Difficult-to-read pages (Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level)
  • Difficult-to-read pages (Flesch Reading Ease)
  • Difficult-to-read pages (Gunning Fog)
  • Difficult-to-read pages (LIX)
  • Difficult-to-read pages (SMOG)
  • Difficult-to-read pages (ARI)
  • Difficult-to-read pages (Coleman-Liau)
  • H1 headers exceeding __ characters
  • Banks and banking: presence of disclaimer in ad about the effect of fees
  • Banks and banking: Find mention of "annual percentage yield" in advertisement
  • HTML forms on any page
  • HTML forms on HTTP pages
  • Brand names that appear without ® and/or ™ symbols
  • Words exceeding __ characters
  • Words that are not followed/preceded by specific words
  • Banned words in German
  • Banned words in Norwegian
  • Banned words in Swedish

January 16th, 2020:

Policy: New Learn component to support user onboarding

[Live on selected markets: AU, CAN, IE, UK & US]

The My Policies page now features a new Learn component containing two tabs.

The "Introduction" tab aims to inspire new users to use pre-made policies from the Policy Library or to create their own custom policies.

The "Get started" tab offers an interactive widget that aims to help you create a policy to, for example, find pages missing a meta description.

Removing CSS and HTML validation checks from SEO

The two SEO checks that report on validation issues with Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) or HTML have been removed. 

"Groups" tab in SEO moved to a separate page

To support consistency across platform, the "Groups" tab is being turned into its own separate page, which can be found in the left hand side menu under SEO > Optimize. It will include the same information as the "Groups" tab did previously.

Improved search experience in Universal Search

Data Privacy customers can now filter Universal Search results based on file type(s). The included file types are: HTML pages, PDFs, Presentations, Spreadsheets, Documents, Images, and Other files. 

December 19, 2019:

Removing Siteimprove crawler traffic

From today onward, Siteimprove crawler traffic will no longer appear in your visitor data in the Siteimprove platform. 

Improved search experience in Universal Search

Data Privacy customers can now search for phone numbers, national identification numbers (like CPR, SSN), and email addresses across sites, files, and meta data.

You can more easily filter search results by specific site(s), and you can select favorite sites in the filter.

Cookies: Secure or not secure 

The Cookies table in Data Privacy now also offers a column that indicates whether detected cookies are secure, not secure, or a mix. “Mixed” cookies are secure on some pages but not secure on others.

A secure cookie instructs the browser that the cookie may only be sent to a server when the connection is encrypted. Cookies that are not secure will be sent to both http:// (not encrypted) and https:// (encrypted) connections.

Only setting a cookie when the connection is secure prevents third parties from retrieving the data collected by the cookie.

December 12, 2019:

Schedule and send automatic dashboard reports 

Create a dashboard report and schedule it to be emailed automatically to your stakeholders.

Screenshot of the Reports menu button on the Dashboard page. The button is expanded and blue “New” labels indicate the new Scheduled Reports functionally.

Cross-site DCI scores in your Management dashboard

The Management Dashboard now includes the total number of sites on your account, the average DCI Score, and the average score for Quality Assurance, Accessibility, and SEO respectively.

”DCI Score progress” graph added to dashboard widget library

You can now add the "DCI Score progress" graph (for a single site) to your customizable dashboard. 

Data Privacy: CSV export of tracked search terms

You can now export the search terms you track with Universal Search in Data Privacy to CSV. 

SEO: Optional notes on Target Page Optimization overview

Notes can now be added on the Target Page Optimization overview. This offers a shared reference point for why a page is being optimized. All users on an account will be able to view the notes.

 

December 5, 2019:

SEO: Updated character limits for meta titles

To follow industry recommendations, we now flag meta titles when they are shorter than 40 characters (previously 60) or longer than 75 (previously 70).

Policy: New rule available 

We have added a new rule to the selection of "Content Policy" rules: "First detected date".

Use this rule to create a policy related to the first time Siteimprove detected a page on your site. The new library template "New pages with broken links" is based on this rule and finds pages added to Siteimprove within the last month that contain one of more broken links.

November 28, 2019:

SEO: “Diamond” Activity Plan now “Custom” Activity Plan

We have changed the name of the Diamond Activity Plan tier to Custom. Custom plans have a customized number of keywords and frequency of keyword data updates, and this is now reflected in the name.

SEO: Monitored Keywords table has received a face-lift 

The way information is presented in the Monitored Keywords table has been restructured to make it more clear and digestible:

UI_updated_Monitored_Keywords_table

CMS Plugins in three categories

Siteimprove integrates with a number of different CMS plugins. Depending on the plugin, we are able to offer different levels of support and the plugins are now divided into three categories on our website:

Siteimprove provided plugins: These plugins are provided and developed by Siteimprove with help from our partners. Support for these plugins is handled by Siteimprove Support.

Vendor provided plugins: These plugins are developed by the CMS vendor in close collaboration with Siteimprove. Support will be handled by the CMS vendor.

Community plugins: These plugins are developed and supported by third party companies/communities. Siteimprove does not provide plugin support for these. Please read the support details on the specific plugin pages.

November 14, 2019:

New: Marketing Automation Integrations [Now live on all markets]

You can now maintain and optimize the content on your landing pages if they are generated via one of the following marketing software: HubSpot, Marketo, or Pardot. Setting up a marketing integration will make it possible to add all your landing pages to your Siteimprove platform. It is also possible to uniquely tag your landing pages, making it easy to distinguish them from other pages on your website.

Read more about the three Marketing Automation Integrations that are available: HubSpot, Pardot & Marketo.

Left hand menu in the Siteimprove Platform, Highlighting the Integrations section.

Marketing Automation Integrations within the Integrations section of the Siteimprove platform.

Analytics / Settings [Now live on all markets]

Additional Settings options are now available under Analytics > Settings. These options allow you to configure the domains associated with your Analytics sites. Account Owners have view/edit access for these new settings. Administrators have view access only.

Settings menu item underneath Analytics

Customize user access to Siteimprove Performance

In Settings > Users > Roles, it is now possible to customize which account roles should have access to the Performance module.

November 7, 2019:

Help Center answer bot [Live on selected markets: AU, CAN, UK & US]

When you submit a technical support ticket, the automatic email confirming we have received your message now includes suggested Help Center articles that may be exactly what you were looking for. If this is not the case, our Technical Support team will assist as usual.

SEO Advanced: Custom columns in Keyword Monitoring 

It is now possible to customize columns in the SEO > Research > Monitored Keywords table. The custom columns filter lets you decide which data points you'd like to see to make the data more digestible and relevant. 

SEO Advanced: Keyword details now exportable 

It is now possible to export data from the keyword details in the table under SEO > Research > Monitored Keywords. You can view the keyword details by clicking a keyword in the table and then export the details to for example a dashboard.

October 31, 2019:

Updated Accessibility PDFs section

The Accessibility PDF section now includes all accessibility tested PDFs, not just the PDFs failing our accessibility test. Two new sticky filters have been added to the table: "Last modified" and "Number of Issues". The first has an option specifically related to the 2018 EU Directive.

Screenshot of the top of the PDFs section in Accessibility. The two new filters Last modified and Number of issues are highlighted with a red circle also showing that Number of issues lets you filter on one or more issues or no issues.

Policy: New "Page tag" rule 

A new rule is now available for Content Policies: "Page tag". This is useful for creating policies that should only target a subset of (tagged) pages.

October 23, 2019:

NEW: Marketing Automation Integrations [Live on selected markets: AU, CAN, UK & US]

You can now maintain and optimize the content on your landing pages if they are generated via marketing software such as HubSpot, Marketo, or Pardot. Setting up a marketing integration will make it possible to add all your landing pages to your Siteimprove platform. It is also possible to uniquely tag your landing pages, making it easy to distinguish them from other pages on your website.

Read more about the three Marketing Automation Integrations that are available: HubSpot, Pardot & Marketo.

Left hand menu in the Siteimprove Platform, Highlighting the Integrations section.

Marketing Automation Integrations within the Integrations section of the Siteimprove platform.

Analytics / Settings [Live on selected markets: AU, CAN, UK & US]

Additional Settings options are now available under Analytics > Settings. These options allow you to configure the domains associated with your Analytics sites. Account Owners have view/edit access for these new settings. Administrators have view access only.

Settings menu item underneath Analytics

October 17, 2019:

Page tagging

You can now use page tags in three areas of the Siteimprove platform (see below). Tagging pages with a word or short sentence allows you to better categorize and manage your pages.

  1. "Pages" in Quality Assurance. Located under Inventory.
  2. "Pages" in Accessibility. Located in the main left-hand menu.
  3. "Pages" lists in Policy and when creating or editing a content policy.

You can filter the tables by one or multiple page tags and create/edit/remove tags directly from the table. When creating or editing a content policy, you can add tags that will then be added automatically to any existing or future page that matches the policy.  Read more about page tags. 

Note: Only Administrators and Account Owners can add, edit, and delete tags.

Screenshot of the Quality Assurance, Inventory, Pages table with two red highlights of the new tags column and the new option to filter the table by tags

Screenshot from the editing mode of a policy showcasing the possibility to add tag(s) to the policy

October 10, 2019

Dashboard Reports

  • Preview report: The preview option is now available in the Dashboard beta reports. This gives you the opportunity to see how a Dashboard report will look before you send it via email.

The email dashboard module box with the preview report option circled.

  • Sticky sorting on dashboard widgets: We have received a lot of feedback while having our email Dashboard report feature in Beta. One improvement that we have now implemented is making the sorting sticky. So any sorting you apply before adding a widget to the dashboard or when editing a widget will be sticky and persistent for that widget both on the live Dashboard and in Dashboard reports.

October 4, 2019

SEO Advanced

  • More overview data for each Activity Plan: In response to our users requesting more information summing up key data points in Activity Plans, we added to the highlights area on the Activity Plan details page. You can now see the total number of keywords monitored, total search volume and average position for all keywords. We have also included estimated traffic data along with the new highlights.

The highlight bar from the Activity Plan Details page page.

September 26, 2019

SEO Advanced

  • Create a new Activity Plan on the fly: You can now create Activity plans when carrying out keyword research. Previously the only option was to add a new keyword to an existing plan, but now there is also the option to create a brand new Activity Plan for the newly added keyword.

New option to create an Activity Plan when you are doing your keyword research

Accessibility

  • Page error rate: When working on Accessibility issues you either approach them at issue level, where you look to fix a specific issue across the entire site or a group, or at page level, where fixing all accessibility issues on a specific page is your target. To make it easier, we have now separated DCI points relating to pages into a new tab on the Accessibility overview page - Page error rate. The new tab will present issues relating to page level 1,2 and 3+ and the associated DCI score.

Screenshot of the new page error tab on the accessibility overview page

Accessibility

  • Change in DCI calculation: CSS and HTML validator results have been removed from the DCI calculation. This will allow our users to have more focus on the accessibility issues.

SEO Advanced

  • Localized Keywords now available on all markets: On 15th March, we released Localized Keywords. This feature enables you to monitor how you are ranking compared to local competitors and focus on promoting your products/services to the prospects and customers closest to you. Local SEO is now also available on the following markets: Austria, Spain, Italy, Japan, and Singapore.

September 19, 2019

Dashboards

  • Add another widget: When constructing a dashboard, you often want to add multiple widgets. We have now made it quicker/easier to add multiple widgets to a dashboard at the same time.

New button available when adding widgets to a dashboard. The button allows you to keep adding widgets until you are finished.

September 12, 2019

Policy

  • Private policies now possible: If the policy you are creating contains sensitive information, or is not ready to be shared with others, you are now able to mark access as "Only Me".
    Policies are shared as default. Screenshot from the Policy module highlighting the new

September 5, 2019

Ads

  • Siteimprove Ads available worldwide: Originally launched to a select number of markets in July, we are now very pleased to announce that Ads is available worldwide. Ads automatically audits your Google Ads campaigns for improvements in Ads, landing pages, and budgets so you can save time on the basics and focus on growth.
    Read more about Siteimprove Ads and sign up for a 14 day free trial today.

Performance 

  • Siteimprove Performance available worldwide: Originally launched to a select number of markets in July, we are now very pleased to announce that Performance is available worldwide. Performance helps you optimize your website’s load time and improve visitor experience, SEO rankings, and ultimately, your bottom line.
    Read more about Siteimprove Performance and sign up for a 14 day free trial today.
  • Improved creation flow to address URLs behind geo blockers: Adding a new page to be monitored is now even smarter when it comes to the multiple visitor profiles that we have available. We now pre-check the URL from all our available measurement locations. If we see that visiting the URL from a specific location result in a redirect we will let you know. Any blocked locations will come with a warning and these locations will be removed from the visitor profile options.

Accessibility

  • Accessibility Score on My Sites and Groups: The Accessibility Score (which contributes DCI Score) has been added to the My Sites and the Groups table within Accessibility. It is important to be able to compare at site and group level. Furthermore, we have also optimized My site's load time – so check it out!
    The new Accessibility DCI score on the My Sites table

August 29, 2019

SEO

  • Custom Activity Plan adjustment: SEO Advanced customers now have more flexibility around our credit system and Custom Activity Plan. Customers have the option to create Custom Activity Plans with a minimum of 10 keywords and up to 1000 keywords.
  • Credit overview page update: The SEO credit overview page in SEO Advanced settings has been updated to provide a clear overview of credit usage per site. We now list the Activity Plans and tires per site including how many keywords are being monitored and how many competitors each Activity Plan has.

Platform

  • 'Submit a ticket' within the platform: As part of our continued efforts to give customers easy access to help and support resources, we have added the possibility to create a support ticket from within the platform. Users can simply click on the question mark in the bottom right, then 'Submit a ticket' to send us a question.
    Submit_a_ticket_option_from_within_the_platform

August 15, 2019

SEO

  • SEO Policies: You can now quickly access all Policies that have been tagged with SEO directly from the SEO module. Creating SEO policies that relate to your organisation can be a great supplement to the SEO checks provided by Siteimprove.

Left hand menu of the SEO module, with the menu item Optimize expanded and SEO Policies highlighted by a red box.

Performance

  • Edit functionality: Even though Performance has only been available for a limited period of time, we are already adding functionality requested by our early adopters. As a user you can now edit a page that is being monitored by Performance, so you can add or remove visitor profiles.

Page Overvew from the Performance module, with the Edit page action highlighted by a red box.

Data Privacy

  • Ignoring per instance of personal data: Context is key when evaluating if an identified instance of personal data is something to take action on or not. Ignoring per instance allows you to ignore any false positives, whilst being confident that we will let you know if a new instance of that piece of data appears anywhere else on your website in the future.

Personal data section within Data Privacy with the ignore in file/page button highlighted by a red box.

August 1, 2019

Data Privacy

  • Personal data graphs on the overview page: Graphs relating to personal data detected across all sites are now available as soon as you enter the Data Privacy module. This addition means that you now have a better overview across all sites both in regards to domains and personal data.

Three graphs showing personal data detected

SEO Advanced

  • Target page optimization link: Keywords and target pages go hand-in-hand when you work with SEO. We have now made it even easier to start optimizing your target pages directly from the Key Word Monitoring section. Look out for the new optimization icon.

The new icon within SEO Advanced taking you to target page optimization. The icon is highlighted in red.

SEO Advanced

  • Localized Keywords now available on more markets: On 15th March, we released Localized Keywords. This feature enables you to monitor how you are ranking compared to local competitors and focus on promoting your products/services to the prospects and customers closest to you. Local SEO is now also available on the following markets: Sweden and Finland.

July 11, 2019

Dashboard Reports

  • Email report - Now in Beta: We have been testing out this new feature for a while now, and are very pleased to introduce it to all of our users. Now you can email your dashboards to any number of recipients. This feature is in Beta mode right now and there are plenty of opportunities to give us feedback.

Email report option for dashboards with yellow Beta label

SEO Advanced

  • Remove target page: Target pages are an important part of optimizing your website for search engines. Unfortunately, it has not been that easy to remove a target page again without having to remove selected keywords. We have fixed this now!

Remove target page option in the dropdown menu

July 4, 2019

Policy

  • Four new policy templates: The Policy library offers a whole range of ready-made templates that you can add to your account by the click of a button. Most recently, the following policies have been added to the library:
    • Homepage missing image alt text
    • Popular pages with broken links
    • High-level pages with broken links
    • Large pages with multiple referrals

Screenshot of the Policy Library section within the Policy module of the Siteimprove platform. The screenshot shows four policies, each with a New label.

July 2, 2019

New Siteimprove Ads product launched

New Siteimprove Performance product launched

June 28, 2019

SEO Advanced

  • Localized Keywords now available on more markets: On 15th March, we released Localized Keywords on limited markets (US, Canada, Netherlands and Belgium). This feature enables you to monitor how you are ranking compared to local competitors and focus on promoting your products/services to the prospects and customers closest to you. Local SEO is now also available on the following markets (Norway, Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, Denmark, Germany and UK).

June 27, 2019

Data Privacy

  • My sites: My Sites offers a view across all the sites you have access to as a user. The My Sites page within Data Privacy now contains additional information regarding the number of personal data types that have been detected on each site, and the total number across all sites. The table also offers an indicator for the number of new instances that have been detected over the past 30 days.

Policy

  • My Policies: It is always beneficial to be able to sort and prioritize items in a long list. The My Policies table now includes the star icon and the ability to boost selected policies to the top of the list. The star icon within the Siteimprove platform is user specific. It enables you to prioritize and order items in a way that suits your workflow.

June 20th, 2019

Manage User Access to Sites and Groups

  • Grant user access to site/groups via the Sites table: You can now edit user access to a site and its groups in one go! - We've made a change in the Setting section, due to customer feedback. You can bulk apply user access to a site (and its groups) via the Sites table under Settings. You no longer have to make these changes on an individual user basis. "Edit user access to site/groups" is available in the options menu for each site.

Policy improvements

  • Recheck option available for list of Policy matches: It is now possible to recheck pages where Policy matches have been found directly from the Siteimprove platform. The recheck icon is available to the right of each page.

Help Center

  • Getting started upgraded: It is extremely important to us that our users get the best possible start with our platform. Our aim with the Help Center is to provide our users a variety of help options (everyone learns differently) around topics and themes. These new sections now include short videos, reference relevant Academy courses if one is available, groups together relevant articles and suggests in-tool tutorials. New to Siteimprove? Or fancy brushing up the basics? Check out the Getting Started section in our Help Center.

June 12th, 2019

Policy

  • Changing the Policy menu: When speaking with our users, we often hear how useful they find the Policy Library and My Policies. Policy Library offers a lot of "pre-baked" policies, spanning numerous verticals and content areas, where Siteimprove has already done the groundwork and you can just plug-and-play for your own sites. My Policies offers an easy overview of all the policies that have been created. Based on this user feedback, we have made a few small changes to the Policy menu, so these options are now visible at the top level.

June 5th, 2019

Data Privacy

  • Personal data in pages and files: We have expanded the range of file types covered within data privacy, so you can now get an overview of all file types on your site (including HTML pages) where personal data (Personal Identification Numbers, email address and phone numbers) has been detected. See Data Privacy: Technical Specifications for list of file types.

May 29, 2019

Data Privacy

  • Email addresses now detected in pages and files: When dealing with personal data it is vital to have a full overview of where it appears throughout your site, regardless of file type. Within Data Privacy, we have broadened the scope of where we can detect email addresses beyond HTML pages to include other file types. See Data Privacy: Technical Specifications for list of file types.

May 22, 2019

SEO

  • Focus Issues: When dealing with issues on your site, it is often useful to group issues together that you want to focus on here-and-now. Focus issues enable you to highlight the SEO issues that you want to focus on. Located on the "Issues and Recommendations" page, simply select issues, and use the Focus issues tab as your work-list. Focus issues are user and site-specific.

Accessibility

  • Hex codes now displayed for color contrast issues One Accessibility issue that our users have a lot of focus on is Color Contrast, where the color of the text and the color of the background are not in sufficient contrast to each other. In order for our users to address this issue, we have received many requests to display Hex codes in addition to RGB. So that is what we have done! For each text color and background color, we now display the Hex code alongside RGB.

May 15, 2019

SEO Advanced

  • Localized Keywords in Activity Plans: You can now monitor how you are ranking compared to local competitors and focus on promoting your products/services to the prospects and customers closest to you. When setting up an Activity plan, you can select State/Region and then City – depending on how granular you want to go. Local SEO is currently only available on limited markets (US, Canada, Netherlands and Belgium), and we will update you as soon as it becomes available on other markets.

Quality Assurance

  • Inventory tables available in dashboards: You can now export any table within QA inventory to a dashboard of your choice. It is not possible to export the Site Map page to a dashboard.

May 1, 2019

Analytics

  • Improvements to Campaigns: Additional Learn component added and more informative empty states included. Additional tabs (Term, Content and Landing pages) added under Traffic segments in Campaign details.

Data Privacy

  • Data Privacy Settings actions included in User Action Log: All actions associated with the Data Privacy Settings are now included within the User Action Log.
  • Allowing Ignore/Unignore for email addresses and phone numbers: Ignore options are now available for email addresses and phone numbers within the Personal Data section of Data Privacy.

April 17, 2019

Data Privacy

  • Names removed under Personal Data: After careful evaluation of the quality and volume of the results presented, the Names component has been removed from the "Personal Data" section. If you are interested to see if, and where, a name appears on your site, you can utilize the Universal Search feature. Universal Search provides the additional benefits of looking for names across all sites on the account, and allows you to broaden your search across data files, documents and pages.

April 10, 2019

Platform:

  • Multi selection of tags now possible: If you have a lot of sites on your account, it can be useful to use the tagging feature to group these sites together. Multi selection of tags is now available in all the places in the platform where tags are used, making it easier to view all sites that have multiple tags in common, or to view all sites across a range of tags. Once a component has been filtered by selected tags, this view can also be exported to a dashboard. Tags are currently used in the following areas of the platform:
    • Users
    • Sites / My Sites
    • SEO Keywords
    • SEO Activity Plans

April 4, 2019

SEO:

  • Limits changed for three SEO checks: We have made changes to the limits associated with the following three SEO checks, based on user feedback:
    • Check: Too many internal links on a page
    • Check: Text to code ratio
    • Check: Low word content count

March 20, 2019

SEO:

  • SEO Issues are no longer flagged on non-canonical pages: Canonical tags can be used to indicate which page you’d like a search engine (e.g. Google) to index when you have multiple pages with very similar/identical content on your website. When it comes to SEO, it is not necessary for Siteimprove to provide results and SEO advice for pages that are not intended or expected to be indexed by search engines. From now on, we will not flag issues on non-canonical pages in Siteimprove SEO, and highlight if a "non-canonical" page has been selected as a Target Page in SEO Advanced. Read about the changes in the platform relating to canonical tags in our help center article.

Accessibility:

  • Date picker introduced to the Accessibility progress graph: You can now view data in the Accessibility progress graph back to September 2017. This implementation has been championed by a range of users wishing for more control over the time frame they are viewing within the Accessibility module.

March 13, 2019

Platform-wide updates:

  • Keyboard navigation improvements: All actions and interactive components are now available to keyboard users when they are using the Siteimprove platform (my2 domain). You are now able to access all interactive elements on a page using the keyboard in the same way that you can interact with them using a mouse. The improvements also include: focus after performing an action, skip to content button, the ability to close modals and lists with the Esc. key and ensuring logical tab order.

Analytics:

  • Funnels and User Journey components exportable to dashboard: These components are now available as widgets to be exported to your dashboard.
  • Analytics Settings menu: The many options available for the Analytics module within Settings: IP-groups, Filters, Feedback, Parameters/Campaigns and Privacy have now been relocated to the Analytics module. They are placed within a new left hand menu item called Analytics Settings.

March 6, 2019

Platform-wide updates:

  • Site/group selection: After you log in, you will now be taken to the site/group you previously viewed in the Siteimprove platform.
  • Table view configuration moved to user profile: The ability to specify if you would like the title, URL or both displayed within the Siteimprove tables is now available under your user profile.

February 27, 2019

Analytics

February 20, 2019

Quality Assurance

  • Edit spelling suggestions: You can now edit suggested spelling corrections in Spelling so that your own spelling suggestion is displayed instead.  
  • Page Report link in QA exports: Files exported from Quality Assurance now have a direct link to the Page Report.
  • My Sites load time cut by 75%: Performance improvements to the My Sites table means it now loads significantly faster (and we're working on making the graph load faster as well).
  • List of pages checked in Single Page Check: Administrators and Account Owners (or roles with those permissions) can see and delete pages that have been run through the Single Page Check by other users.

Accessibility/SEO

  • CSS validation: Due to popular request we have updated our CSS validation service to validate CSS files against CSS Level 3 + SVG. This means you might see a small change in your DCI, SEO, and Accessibility Scores.

Data Privacy

  • Edit email recipients for personal identification number alerts: You can now edit who is set up to receive email alerts when new personal identification numbers are detected on a site.

February 13, 2019

Accessibility

Data Privacy

  • Personal Identification Number formats and email alerts: See which country-specific formats for personal identification numbers are being detected on your sites, and whom you're sending reports about detected numbers to.

CMS Plugins

  • Magnolia CMS Plugin: The CMS plugin is now available for users of Magnolia CMS.

January 23, 2019

Quality Assurance: 

  • Preferred spelling suggestions now carry over to the redesigned Spelling module: If you had marked a preferred spelling suggestion in the previous version of the Spelling module, we've preserved and reinstated those preferences in the new version.
  • Spelling suggestions on Page Report: See suggested spelling corrections in the Page Report so you can judge whether it's the right spelling in context.
  • Sub-tables in Spelling can be exported: Export expanded sub-tables in Spelling. This functionality was available in the previous version of Spelling and has been reinstated in the new version.

SEO

  • Five new SEO checks: We've added three new checks that flag empty, missing, or multiple H1 headers, and two new checks for multiple meta descriptions or meta titles, all of which can negatively affect your SEO. This means that your DCI and SEO Scores might go down a bit (but they'll go right back up once you've fixed your meta tags).

CMS Plugins

  • Adobe Experience Manager, SiteVision, Sitebox, IPROX: Siteimprove now integrates with these four content management systems. Read more about the new CMS plugins for Adobe,SiteVision, Sitebox, and IPROX.

 Platform-wide updates:

January 9, 2019

Quality Assurance: 

  • Highlighted spelling errors and spelling suggestions in Misspellings tab: Misspelled words in the "Misspellings" tab are highlighted to indicate where the misspelling has occurred. Suggested spelling corrections are also offered, as for words in the "Needs Review" tab.

SEO

  • Top Keywords by Domain: Search for a domain to see what high search-volume keywords it ranks for. Read more about Top Keywords by Domain in Spotlight on New Features and Updates.

December 12, 2018

Quality Assurance

  • Redesigned Spelling feature: The new Spelling simplifies the workflow for sorting out misspellings and approved words, and gives users more control over which pages and sites their spelling decisions affect. It even predicts how likely it is that a word is a misspelling to help you prioritize which words to review first. Read more about the new Spelling in Spotlight on New Features and Updates.

SEO

  • Keyword position filter (SEO Pro/Enterprise/Advanced) in Keyword Monitoring: Filter your monitored keywords to see the ones on which you're ranking in the top 100.

November 28, 2018

SEO

  • SEO insights in CMS plugin: Get all the insights of the SEO module in the CMS plugin, so you can make SEO improvements as you're creating and editing content.
  • Competitor Settings (SEO Pro/Enterprise/Advanced): Edit, add, or delete competitors from Activity Plans on the Competitor Settings page.

Analytics

  • Internal search terms filter: New filter allows you to segment visitors by the search terms they have used on your internal search engine.

Read more about the new SEO features in Spotlight on New Features and Updates.

November 14, 2018

SSO

SEO Pro/Enterprise:

Analytics

  • Ability to disable/dismiss Feedback box on mobile devices: You can now choose to give your visitors the option to dismiss feedback survey icons after they have given their input, or even disable them altogether on mobile devices for a less cluttered user experience.

October 31, 2018

Policy

Data Privacy (previously known as the GDPR module)

  • Personal Identifiable Information in documents: We can now identify Personal Identifiable Information (PII) in documents (Excel, ppt, PDF, XML, etc.). You also have the option to ignore PII detected in documents.

October 17, 2018

Analytics

SEO

  • Images missing width and height attributes no longer flagged if website is mobile-friendly: If your website is mobile-friendly, images should resize according to the visitor's screen dimensions. As such, images on a mobile-friendly site will no longer be flagged as a problem if they do not have width and height attributes.

October 3, 2018

Analytics

  • An easier way to fulfill information requests from your visitors: New Visitor Data feature in Settings > Analytics allows you to retrieve data on the activities of a specific visit in order to fulfill information requests from your visitors (i.e. if they ask to find out what kind of analytics data you're storing on them). Only Account Owners or users with customized Account-Owner roles are able to retrieve visitor data. Read more about Visitor data here.
  • "Outbound link" trigger in Key Metrics: We've added an Outbound Link trigger that is distinct from the existing Exit Link trigger. Outbound links are links to external pages, but which visitors access without leaving your website. Exit links are links to external pages which end a visitor's session on your website.

Data Privacy

  • GDPR module will be renamed "Data Privacy": As of October 18, the GDPR module will be renamed "Data Privacy" to better encompass the full range of features available. The module has always been meant to help organizations with a broad range of data privacy concerns affecting their websites, and now the name will also reflect that.

Policy

  • Policy template identifying documents published on or after 23 September 2018 (EU accessibility directive): All documents published on public sector websites on or after 23 September 2018 must be made accessible by 23 September 2020 according to a new EU accessibility directive. This policy template helps you identify the documents on your site this directive applies to.

SEO

  • Branded keyword settings: Since you're most likely already ranking high on keyword searches that contain your brand name, it may not be that useful to get data on branded keywords when doing SEO research. This new settings section lets you exclude branded keywords from Keyword Discovery, Keyword Suggestions, Keyword Monitoring, and Google Search Console.

Integrations

  • New Business Intelligence integrations: Integrate with three new business intelligence dashboard-builders and tools. Whether you use Klipfolio, Power BI, SeoToolsforExcel, or Tableau (our first business intelligence integration), now you can access Siteimprove data in some of the leading business intelligence platforms on the market. Read about all our integrations here.

CMS Plugins

  • Plone CMS plugin: The CMS plugin is now available for users of Plone 5.0+.

September 21, 2018

SEO

  • Search Snippet Preview: Preview how your page title and meta description looks in Google search results. Read more about Search Snippet Preview here.
  • All backlinks table: In your link profile, you can now see a table of your top 500 and bottom 500 backlinks by Trust Score, irrespective of whether they meet the Trust Score threshold to be included in High-value Backlinks and Undesirable Backlinks. (Previously we only showed you your high-value backlinks and undesirable backlinks. Now, if there are neutral-value backlinks in your top 500 or bottom 500 backlinks, you will see those in the "All Backlinks" table).

Platform Accessibility

  • Accessibility improvements: We've added accessible labels to selection controls (e.g. Selecting site and group, date range, checkpoints, dashboards). This should improve the experience for users of screen readers (or other users who like to navigate using their keyboard).

API Improvements

  • SEO issue categories: API users can get data on the number of issues you have on each page and which category of SEO issues they fall under.

September 5, 2018

Jira Connector

  • Create Jira issues in SEO: You can now create Jira issues within Issues and Recommendations in the SEO module.
  • Create Jira issues for Policy matches and specific pages affected by an Accessibility issue: Create Jira issues for Policy matches on specific pages and for all detected occurrences of an Accessibility issue at the page-level (previously you could only create Jira issues for Policies and Accessibility issues as they applied to your entire site.)

Read more about the expanded Jira Connector capabilities here.

SEO

  • See URL suggestions when adding target page: When you set a target page for a monitored keyword, start typing and you'll get a list of suggested URLs on your site to add.
  • Visit page directly from Target Page Optimization:  We've made it easier for you to see a target page by adding a button that opens the page directly from Target Page Optimization, just next to the "Re-check page" and "Edit keywords" buttons.
  • Mobile-friendliness issue page links to Mobile-Friendly Test: Previously we were linking to the Google PageSpeed test from the Mobile-friendliness page under Issues and Recommendations. It now links to Google's Mobile-Friendly Test, which is more relevant as a check of how mobile-friendly your page is.
  • Graphs in SEO Google Search Console now exportable: All the line graphs (Search Terms, Pages, Countries, Devices, Indexed Pages) are now exportable to Excel.
  • Updated check for Structured Data Markup: Our check for structured data markup now detects three of the most commonly used structured data markup implementations. This means you might see a small increase in your SEO Score.

August 28, 2018

SEO

  • Focus issues for target pages: In the target pages component of your Activity Plans, you can see all the focus issues that need to be fixed for those pages.

August 22, 2018

SEO

  • Updated meta description character limits: We've updated the character limits for meta descriptions in our SEO checks. Descriptions are now flagged when they're shorter than 110 characters or longer than 160 characters.
  • Add tags to multiple keywords in bulk: Add multiple tags at once to your selected keywords. Makes it convenient to categorize a large amount of keywords at once.

Accessibility/Dashboards

  • New Accessibility editor dashboard: A new system dashboard showing issues and PDFs with issues filtered by the editor role at WCAG Level AA. (As it's a system dashboard, you can't edit it, but you can make a copy and customize that.)

August 13, 2018

Jira Connector

  • Create Jira issues: Create Jira issues for Policy and Accessibility issues directly in Siteimprove.

Integrations menu 

  • Browser extensions, Tableau, and Jira Connector added: Last week we introduced the new integrations menu and this we're adding the Accessibility and DCI browser extensions, as well as an integration with Tableau. (Note: only Administrators and Account Owners can see the Integrations menu).

August 8, 2018

SEO Pro/Enterprise

  • Backlinks:  One of the most important factors driving organic traffic is the make-up of links that link to your website. Learn what your link profile's strengths are, whether your backlinks are contributing to or damaging your SEO, and more. Read about the new Backlinks feature here.
  • Set target pages for all keywords, not just ones with data: Previously you couldn't set target pages for keywords if we had no search volume data on them but now you can.

Feedback surveys

  • Feedback feature always shows in side menu: Even if you don't have any feedback surveys created yet, it now shows up in the left-hand menu so you can easily create new ones.

 Accessibility

  • Filters are saved for Issues page: Now when you've filtered out issues by role, conformance level, severity, or priority on the Issues page, those filters are saved even if you leave the page, so you can easily resume working with the same list of issues that you left off with.

New Integrations menu

  • API keys, Share Widget, CMS plugin now under the same menu: All the apps and plugins that connect Siteimprove with your other applications are now collected under "Integrations" in the main left-hand menu (and stay tuned for new additions soon).

LRS Antilles Plugin

  • CMS Plugin now available for LRS Antilles: If you use the LRS Antilles CMS, you can now access Siteimprove insights there via the CMS plugin.

July 31, 2018

DCI/Quality Assurance

  • DCI Score points no longer subtracted for presence of XML files: Previously a bug meant that users were penalized for the presence of XML files on their site. This has been fixed.

SEO Pro/Enterprise

  • Position Distribution graph in Keyword Discovery: See how your discovered keywords are distributed across different search results positions for a visual illustration of keyword performance.
  • Search volume in Content Optimization: See the monthly search volume for keywords mapped to your target pages for a quick quantification of how many searches a target page could be showing up for.

Analytics

  • New highlights bar in Behavior Maps: A new highlights bar provides quick reference on number of visits, page views, etc., including a segmentation of data on interactions, clicks, scrolls by device.

July 10, 2018

Accessibility:

  • Guideline updates:  WCAG 2.1 was made an official W3C recommendation on June 5, 2018, and the Siteimprove guidelines page now reflects the additional success criteria that were added. 12 new success criteria have been added on level A+AA in WCAG 2.1, and 5 new success criteria have been added on level AAA. Most of the new WCAG 2.1 success criteria are related to: Mobile, Cognition and Low vision.
    No automated checks are currently available for the new success criteria. Read more about the WCAG 2.1. and Siteimprove in our help center article.

SEO:

  • Issue progress graphs: Progress graphs are now available for each SEO issue – enabling you to track the progress of specific issues over time.

SEO Pro/Enterprise:

  • Search box for discover competitors: We have noted that our users use search boxes more than we expected. Therefore we have added a search box to discover competitors to make it easier to find relevant competitors from a potentially long list.
  • Display if a keyword is already included in an Activity Plan: A column has been added to the keyword suggestions table, so you can quickly see if any of the keywords are already included in Activity Plans.

Customizable Dashboards:

  • SEO issue progress graphs: Progress graphs for SEO issues can now be included in your dashboard. The graphs can be added as widgets through the platform, or you can choose Issue Progress Graph from the widget library and use the new issue selector to find the issue you are interested in.

July 3, 2018

CMS Plugin Integrations

  •  CoreMedia: CoreMedia’s clients include major global brands with complex and content intensive sites in retail, the public sector and other industries. The idea for a plugin was developed during a 'Hackathon' at the CoreMedia Headquarters in Hamburg in November 2017. The Siteimprove CMS Extension bridges the gap between the CoreMedia content management system (Cloud-based version) and the Siteimprove Intelligence Platform. Download the Plugin for CoreMedia

June 26, 2018

CMS Plugin Integrations

  • VisionLive: Vision Internet provides technology and professional services to government agencies in the US. The Siteimprove CMS Extension bridges the gap between the VisionLive content management system (CMS 6) and the Siteimprove Intelligence Platform. Contact Vision Support to Enable the Plugin.
  • i:Create: The eSolutions / i:Create platform is popular in the Canadian market within the fields of local government, education, and healthcare. The Siteimprove CMS Extension bridges the gap between the i:Create content management system (i:Create 2.27 and later) and the Siteimprove Intelligence Platform. Contact eSolutions to Enable the Plugin.
  • TYPO3: TYPO3 is a very popular content management system within Europe, and a plugin has repeatedly been requested by customers in Germany, Sweden, and countries within the Benelux region. The Siteimprove CMS Extension bridges the gap between the TYPO3 content management system (Versions TYPO3 6.2 to TYPO3 8.7) and the Siteimprove Intelligence Platform. Download the Plugin for TYPO3.

Check out all the content management systems that can utilize the Siteimprove CMS Plugin.

Accessibility

  • Check updates: The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) recently made Accessible Rich Internet Applications Suite (WAI-ARIA) 1.1 an official recommendation. The update of WAI-ARIA from 1.0 to 1.1 introduces new ways of making web content accessible to users of assistive technologies. Siteimprove has updated two Accessibility checks to account for the update of WAI-ARIA to 1.1: Read more about the improved checks in the Help Center.

Analytics

  • Behavior Maps widget: The overview of all pages that have been added to Behavior Maps can now be added as a widget to your customizable dashboards.

SEO PRO/Enterprise

  • Quick links on Overview page: New quick link icons for Activity Plans, Issues & Recommendations, Content Optimization, Duplicate Content, Keyword suggestions, and Google Search Console give you easy access to the SEO features you use regularly.

GDPR

  • Cookie Details: A new column has been added to the Cookies Overview table displaying on how many pages we have seen each cookie. Clicking on the number of pages or the Cookie name, will take you to a details page where you can view which of the pages on the site are setting each cookie. The details page also provides "Value" information, and this can be expanded if there is more than one value being set.

June 13, 2018

Customizable dashboards

Accessibility

  • 13 improved checks: We've fine-tuned 13 Accessibility checks so that they align more closely with W3C standards. This means you should see a reduction in the number of occurrences you have for these 13 issues (though in some cases you might see an increase--but think of them as occurrences that would have gone undetected otherwise!), which might show up as a drop or spike in your progress graphs. Read more about all the improved checks in the Help Center.

Analytics

  • % of total visits: In the graphs under Visitors, see what browsers and operating systems your visitors use, now broken down as a percentage of all of visits.

SEO

  • New tooltips: We've added some extra tooltips in SEO, including one in Keyword Suggestions to explain the different types of keyword suggestions you can get.

June 5th, 2018

Policy

  • 4 Google Search Console rules: These rules are available for SEO Advanced subscriptions. The rules are for “Number of clicks”, “Number of impressions”, Click-through rate” and Average position”.
  • Fixed-width tables Policy: In accordance with responsive web design guidelines, fixed-width tables should be avoided to ensure that they are optimized for viewing on mobile devices.
  • Non-semantic HTML markup Policy: Looks for instances of tags that do not convey meaning about the information enclosed within them. Using semantic markup ensures that your HTML can be read by both humans and computers, making your pages more accessible and easier to find and index by search engines.
  • Pages missing viewport meta tag Policy: Without a viewport, your site will not be optimized for display on a mobile device. Setting a viewport tells the browser how a device's screen should be sized to fit content.
  • Broken media files Policy: Looks for broken media files that do not render properly due to an invalid URL or other reasons.

CMS Plugin Integrations

Customizable Dashboards

  • Time period selector: You can now change the time period for the data being displayed when adding/editing a widget on the Customizable Dashboard. The selector will be visible only for components where a date selector is present in the platform.

May 31, 2018

Analytics

  • Visitor Privacy Settings: Details of who modified IP anonymization or Do Not Track settings and when it was last modified are now displayed next to the updated setting.
  • Quick links on Overview page: New quick link icons for Key Metrics, Behavior Tracking, Behavior Maps, Funnels, Feedback, and Events give you easy access to the Analytics features you use regularly.
  • User interface updates in Key Metrics: Charts and colors in Key Metrics have been given a visual update.

SEO Pro/Enterprise

  • Categorized keyword suggestions: Keyword suggestions are now classified into "Keyword phrases" (phrases that include the keyword you looked up) and "related keywords" (thematically related keywords).
  • Keyword length filter and low competition-sorting: A new filter in Keyword Discovery allows you to filter the list by long tail keywords (keywords longer than three words). A new sort option allows you to sort the list by keywords where you have the lowest competition.
  • Keyword Performance: See which keywords in Keyword Discovery have the most potential in the new Keyword Performance tab, which shows you the distribution of keywords in top positions and how that's developed over time.

Customizable dashboards

  • Dashboard selection is saved when adding multiple widgets: When adding more than one widget in sequence, your dashboard selection is saved so you don't have to re-select the dashboard you just added a widget to.

 May 23, 2018

Data Privacy

  • Tracked Search Terms: Monitor terms, names, emails, or other personal data to see when they crop up on your site so you can take action to remove or modify them.
  • User Actions Log: Maintain complete oversight over actions being taken in the Data Privacy module which might affect data privacy.

Read more about this week's latest feature additions to the GDPR module.

May 16, 2018

SEO Advanced (Previously Pro/Enterprise)

  • New Keyword settings for Administrators and Account Owners: You decide when and from which locations keyword updates should be fetched, so that updates fit your schedule.
  • SEO Page Report: Implement fixes for keyword issues with new "How to fix" tips on the Page Report.
  • More widgets for your dashboard: All the tabs under Google Search Console in SEO Pro/Enterprise can now be added as widgets to a dashboard, so you can monitor important search metrics for search terms, countries, devices, indexed pages, and countries.
  • Hide competitor domains: Under Competitor Analysis in Activity Plans, there's a neat little tab called "Discover Competitors" that shows you a list of all your competitors for the keywords you're monitoring. Occasionally you might find that some of those competitors aren't so relevant to you, so now you have the option to hide these domains.

Analytics

  • % breakdown of visitor stats: Being able to see the number of visitors using different browsers, operating systems, and devices is great, but even better is if you could get a more representative long-term picture of your visitors' preferences. Now you can, by seeing these numbers as a percentage of all visitors and visitors over a specific time period in the trend graphs.