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by Frank Rizzo
Sat May 30, 2020 11:22 am
Forum: phpBB Custom Coding
Topic: Curl Auto Posting Stopped Working
Replies: 1
Views: 327

Sample script to add a new post to a phpBB forum as a specific userRe: Curl Auto Posting Stopped Working

I gave up on that method and changed to the proper API / submit_post() feature.

There are hardly any decent examples on how to use this via the CLI but I did find this example that worked first time:

Sample script to add a new post to a phpBB forum as a specific user
by Frank Rizzo
Fri May 29, 2020 9:06 pm
Forum: phpBB Custom Coding
Topic: Curl Auto Posting Stopped Working
Replies: 1
Views: 327

Curl Auto Posting Stopped Working

I have just revived a procedure I had not performed for 3 months. The procedure runs on a server and posts a specific topic onto a board on the same server. The code used is this: <?php $url = "https://www.example.com/phpbb/"; $post_fields = 'username=xyz&password=***&redirect=&...
by Frank Rizzo
Thu Jul 12, 2018 11:08 am
Forum: phpBB Discussion
Topic: Solve this SEO Issue Once and For All
Replies: 33
Views: 4519

Re: Solve this SEO Issue Once and For All

Hmm. If serving bots a different 'view' to regular users is such an issue why do phpbb offer it as a configuration option?
by Frank Rizzo
Thu Jul 12, 2018 9:05 am
Forum: phpBB Discussion
Topic: Solve this SEO Issue Once and For All
Replies: 33
Views: 4519

Re: Solve this SEO Issue Once and For All

Looking at the Google issue (where it does crawl the site but lilttle response in serps). There are some search terms appearing but they are way down the long tail. This could indeed be due to the lack of meta data. Each page has a title tag but no specific tags for title or description. I also have...
by Frank Rizzo
Thu Jul 12, 2018 8:54 am
Forum: phpBB Discussion
Topic: Solve this SEO Issue Once and For All
Replies: 33
Views: 4519

Re: Solve this SEO Issue Once and For All

What was the point of 90% of that post Amigo? That was mostly not helpful. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Ref: Bing parameters. Still no full crawl yet since the values were removed. This is all that has been crawled so far today: 40.77.167.149 - - [12/Jul/2018:03:49:23 +0100] "GET /ppp/fe...
by Frank Rizzo
Wed Jul 11, 2018 5:23 pm
Forum: phpBB Discussion
Topic: Solve this SEO Issue Once and For All
Replies: 33
Views: 4519

Re: Solve this SEO Issue Once and For All

It is actually true, sorry. As I said earlier it is a technique to prevent search engine leechers. This is where humans or bots use serps to retreive pages without hitting on the target directly. blocking in robots.txt will not stop rogue bots themselves, so you have to do that with other means. How...
by Frank Rizzo
Wed Jul 11, 2018 4:23 pm
Forum: phpBB Discussion
Topic: Solve this SEO Issue Once and For All
Replies: 33
Views: 4519

Re: Solve this SEO Issue Once and For All

Of course. I don't actually have a need for that entry (I don't even have a forum 1 :D)
by Frank Rizzo
Wed Jul 11, 2018 3:52 pm
Forum: phpBB Discussion
Topic: Solve this SEO Issue Once and For All
Replies: 33
Views: 4519

Re: Solve this SEO Issue Once and For All

Robots.txt is not intended to prevent leaking of information since no bot needs to respect what's in it. Also, those lines do nothing about duplicates. IMO, you should just remove those lines from robots.txt. It does more harm than good. Some of them will have to stay, sorry :D They also prevent se...
by Frank Rizzo
Wed Jul 11, 2018 3:44 pm
Forum: phpBB Discussion
Topic: Solve this SEO Issue Once and For All
Replies: 33
Views: 4519

Re: Solve this SEO Issue Once and For All

thecoalman wrote:
Wed Jul 11, 2018 3:19 pm
It needs to be:

Code: Select all

Disallow: /ppp/viewforum.php?f=1$
You should have Google Webmaster account, you can always see what is being blocked and test these things.
OK, now updated. BTW. What exactly is that line doing?
by Frank Rizzo
Wed Jul 11, 2018 3:41 pm
Forum: phpBB Discussion
Topic: Solve this SEO Issue Once and For All
Replies: 33
Views: 4519

Re: Solve this SEO Issue Once and For All

as for bing not crawling, I suggest it is just what you said. you have told it not to crawl anything with f or p in the filename. so, it does not worry about any forum page or post etc. robert All points noted. Thank you. Specifically for bing those f, p, t I clearly got that one. My assumption was...
by Frank Rizzo
Wed Jul 11, 2018 3:00 pm
Forum: phpBB Discussion
Topic: Solve this SEO Issue Once and For All
Replies: 33
Views: 4519

Re: Solve this SEO Issue Once and For All

The thing is, your last topic (not thread, there are none in phpBB) was quite extensive, fifteen pages extensive to be precise. Since then there have been a few topics on the subject but no-one has stood up and said "look, I've got a 100% working, SEO kit for phpBB", why? Well I'd guess n...
by Frank Rizzo
Wed Jul 11, 2018 2:53 pm
Forum: phpBB Discussion
Topic: Solve this SEO Issue Once and For All
Replies: 33
Views: 4519

Re: Solve this SEO Issue Once and For All

Looks like it's 2007 again :x Not sure what you mean by this. It might help if you actually respond to my question where I try to understand you and try to help you see where the actual problem lies. If instead you intend to have a place to rant a bit, than yeah, this might lead to a locked topic j...
by Frank Rizzo
Wed Jul 11, 2018 11:49 am
Forum: phpBB Discussion
Topic: Solve this SEO Issue Once and For All
Replies: 33
Views: 4519

Re: Solve this SEO Issue Once and For All

Looks like it's 2007 again :x
by Frank Rizzo
Wed Jul 11, 2018 11:33 am
Forum: phpBB Discussion
Topic: Solve this SEO Issue Once and For All
Replies: 33
Views: 4519

Re: Solve this SEO Issue Once and For All

Yep, my forum is indexed in google too. It's just not coming up in serps when searching for terms.
by Frank Rizzo
Wed Jul 11, 2018 11:19 am
Forum: phpBB Discussion
Topic: Solve this SEO Issue Once and For All
Replies: 33
Views: 4519

Re: Solve this SEO Issue Once and For All

Bing Looking at Bing Webmaster admin panel I observe the following: Configure My Site -> Ignore URL Parameters f t p are listed. Could this cause a problem? In Google WMT f, t, and p are listed with 'Let Googlebot decide'. If they are listed in Bing webmaster admin panel does this mean any url with...

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