I was impressed with my new Hostgator account as I started a new site this weekend, and the internal options at the Control Panel Deluxe are getting excited about this particular website project in its post launch phase. I cut my webmaster teeth on Control Panel many years ago, but since had left for other hosting companies with more commercial (cough, cough) interfaces. Ah, the road not taken…
Control Panel Deluxe as offered inside the Hostgator BabyCroc account has something to be said for itself. The MX entry manager for prioritized email exchange and the Fantastico were of no little assistance. With one Restore of the database my new WordPress site was raring to go.The many tiers of templates and wizards begged for attention, but my time was limited.
But for once I took the time to check into the option of the tiers of features inside the Control Panel Deluxe I had never really had time to notice. The less time any webmaster spends inside the hosting account interface, the more efficient the site is. Or so I thought. I deemed the interval worthy of a quick tour, and there is a video tutorial option. But it was the Search Engine utility I was most excited about.
The control panel of yore I used was still catching up to all the in’s and out’s of the SEO derby. But the Search Engine utility inside the Hostgator account furnished an instant score for my launched website. At last, here was a no-nonsense tool to treat SEO in a focused, iterative manner. The Attracta Tool had me mesmerized by its ability to package SEO building results in a manner consistent with normal reporting software.
It should be mentioned here that this type of tool is a utility for advanced webmasters. Fooling around inside the Control Panel (especially without backups) can result in costly, mind-numbing losses. For those who do not know the intricacies of their clicks inside a Control Panel interface, do NOT try this at home or at least without a net. Or plan to pay your programmer a lot of money performing repair work.
That said, the Attracta tool operates to reflect the website’s core Google functionality. The broken links score was a green-light 100%, pleasing when so many site plans get abandoned because of o’er vaulting ambition. The Reports area confirmed that Google had scanned the Sitemap 26 times. This will show fledgeling webmasters how changes to the site and updates can affect the information stored at Google about how a site grows and does not remain static. Scrubbing bots never sleep.
The real beauty of the Attracta Tool is the instant crawl performed that updates your site’s overall score. One Google entry and one geo map entry and my score was already looking up. There is no reason any website should not have a geographical correspondence, be it a bricks-and-mortar mail drop, houseboat entrance, or hotel lobby kiosk. Not providing a geo map location is giving away SEO value with both hands.
Some of the online site launch tasks that come with a new site are the Alexa signup and other SEO enabling registrations. But Attracta is handily right there n front of you. This enable SEO grooming at the source. Getting the SEO value of a domain name and website is not always this easy. There is a widget that gets inserted into the CSS of the site, but that takes three seconds.
Inside the Control Panel the Attracta results become very tangible immediately. The projection of future SEO 3-6-9 months out become very concrete. I raised my new website’s SEO score from 40 to 65 in a few clicks and by filling in a few blanks. The 40 was backgrounded in red, the new 65 score was backgrounded in yellow. The green (stoplight) was the aim. This eventually turned to 85 with a logo in the Attracta tool engine.
The Attracta listing option also improved my score. This tool made SEO improvement of a site (and the corresponding domain) easy. I found a 150 by 50 pixel limit to the image odd but squashed the attributes of one of my site’s stock images and browsed it in. I constructed a site description implementing all my keywords. I used a different text paragraph than my “About Us” page, and looking back I should have had something prepared to the full extent of the word limit (Max 500 characters).
Doing this for all the sites inside one hosting account is tempting. The requirement states a simple list of keywords is not acceptable for the Attracta submission. The placement of an Attracta badge was safely done into my CSS. There is an option for Attracta Pro, and I might just take advantage of the upgrade if I see a concordance to traffic and SEO results matching the Attracta score integrity to my site.
Attracta is a highly recommended webmaster and domain name SEO tool.