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If you have a lot of urls on your site, you should think about selecting which pages Google should index

I am a co-founder of Epiloge, a platform to connect in your field of interest, write about projects and share knowledge. By its very nature we have a lot of urls which are dynamically created by users. And as everyone else who has a website, we want to grow.

Part of growing a user base is SEO — search engine optimization. What good are a lot of urls with interesting content and users, if nobody can find them… and then sign up?

You want Google to index your pages and show them in their search results — and not on…


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There is data such as login information, that need to persist even after a refresh

Once you add even a few complexities and templates to your Vue app, one problem starts to reoccur: How do you persist data between templates and what of this data should be saved even if a user refreshes your page?

This tutorial shows how to implement and use Vuex for non-refreshable data storage between your templates — and how to use localStorage to Vuex for persistent data retention even after a user refreshes. …


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Search engines crawl your website, but very often that is not nearly good enough for SEO

If you aim for more search traffic from Google Search, one thing you most likely need is a good strategy to build your XML sitemap and submit it to search engines.

But first things first. Why is does a sitemap help at all? Search engine crawl bots, after all, can find simple websites and index all sub-pages that are linked to from a landing page or from sub-pages which are accessible from such landing page.

This article gives an overview when and why a sitemap is important for SEO and how to best think about creating one.

What’s an XML sitemap anyway?

An XML sitemap…


My first two months showed me it’s not just for writers — and you can write about more than code

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I am a co-founder of Epiloge, which is a platform to connect people in the same field of interest. One of our functions is posting content such as a description of a project, uploading a paper with a summary, or writing an article to make profiles interesting to other users.

Once you have such a website that allows users to post content, you better also start posting content yourself —a strategy known as dogfooding.

It’s easier said than done. Software developers are used to writing code. And if we’re really good at our job, we also comment our code in…


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Once you go into production with your Vue app, you need Google Analytics to understand your traffic

Google Analytics is the go-to tool to understand how much traffic your website gets and even more importantly, from where it originates, who returns to your site and a lot more.

No matter what your goals are with your Vue app, you want to know what your bounce rates are, your organic search traffic coming from Google searches and how users behave on your site.

In this article I briefly describe how to integrate Vue-analytics in your application and then give some tips based on our experience using Analytics during the first months of Epiloge’s launch.

Install and integrate Vue-analytics

You can potentially disregard…


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Converting an ISO Date is easy, but human psychology factors into how you show dates

At Epiloge we use MongoDB as our general database. In most of our documents we have at least one field that includes a date. It typically is a created field or an updated field. Sometimes we need both.

These dates are in an ISO format such as 2020–04–08T16:00:00Z which translates to April 8, 2020 at 4pm. Read more about the ISO date format here.

So far so good. In most cases you want to use your dates for sorting your documents. …


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Your mobile website can be more appealing to mobile users by going beyond css style optimization

As of 2020, internet traffic is around half mobile and half desktop. Google looks to your mobile website version to determine at what position to rank your pages when it indexes. A significant share of young users don’t even use desktop devices at all anymore.

These 3 facts show why optimizing your website for mobile usage is more important than ever. And even more importantly: Mobile users are way more picky and subconsciously irritated by UX issues on mobile devices than desktop users. …


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A lot of countries have seen peaks in active cases in the past 14 days

I am seeing corona virus articles and news everywhere. Global news articles focus on the US, Canada and the UK where the epidemic has not seen a peak yet. But there already is a diverse set of other countries across the world — leaving aside China — that show a pronounced peak in active cases.

This article shows the data of 10 countries across the world looking at active cases, rather than new infections or total positive tested. Active cases are total positive tested people minus closed cases, i.e. recoveries and those who unfortunately died from COVID-19.

1. Australia

Australia is one…


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Investing time to promote what you do to a wider audience online can boost your career

There are online content marketers who suggest to invest more time promoting your blogs and articles than in writing itself. Sounds over the top? Well, it might be, but we have so much information at our fingertips today that promoting content is essential to people reading it.

Research, projects, a thesis or a paper have an even far lower ratio of time put into the writing vs promoting the content online. A lot of great work people are investing time in, might not even show up online at all.

If you have spent weeks or months on a piece of…


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We live in a digital world. Projects are a way to spark specific interests in students, but they can also benefit them if they can be found online.

Project-based learning has come a long way. In preparation for college and university, teachers and schools aim to get more real-world exposure to problem solving — through projects.

Can online platforms further encourage this development by showcasing projects and team work?

I am part of a team which works at Epiloge, an online platform focused on solving this question.

Students can’t stand out with their resumes only— they should have a way to present their projects and other work online

How students are accepted to a good college or university and get their first internship has changed with digitalization over the past years.

Student admission offices google applicants to find out more about them, HR departments are typically required to do…

Axel Wittmann

Co-founder and CTO at http://epiloge.com — interested in all things tech, startups and cultural changes in society

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