A best practice is a method or technique that has consistently shown results superior to those achieved by other means.

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How to redirect to a mobile site that doesn't have a 1:1 ratio to desktop site?

I have a desktop site with loads of old Flash games on it. Since there wasn't any way of easily porting that to mobile, I have a completely different mobile site with a different set of HTML5 content ...
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Best practice for temp directory used by MediaWiki?

This question appears to be related to File system permission for MediaWiki uploads? Tightening permissions has lead to "Error creating thumbnail" messages: MediaWiki has a page on the temp ...
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Is there any SEO benefit to placing testimonial text inside a heading element?

Is there any SEO benefit to placing testimonial text on a landing page nested inside of an <h3> element? For example: <div class="active item"> <div class="hero-...
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Loading another domain's content in a modal iframe - acceptable?

Is it okay to load another page in an iframe in a modal pop-up window - in terms of legal and ethical standards around displaying 3rd party content? I remember a few years ago there was controversy ...
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What is the best way to exclude bots from view counts?

My website is counting visitor views on certain pages. I noticed that Google and other Bots are "clicking" to my site like crazy and some of the pages get unrealistic view counts (compared to those ...
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Is it best practice to exclude the pagination query parameter in Google Analytics?

Our site has 4 query parameters on site. They are all for the Blog section and only the pagination parameter can be added to another query parameter: Category Tag Author Pagination parameter ...
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How to safely replace live site (without database) with staging site using Apache shared hosting?

I have a PHP website of around 20 pages without a database on shared hosting - it has quite a lot of forms and a significant amount of visits. I have a staging subdomain on the same server wherein I ...
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SEO: Deindex member profile pages?

I have a forum where users can register and automatically a profile page is created, like here in Stackexchange. The problem with these pages is that sometimes users creates accounts at different ...
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Sitefinity Project Manager vs. EmptyProject Sample on GitHub?

I've been using the Sitefinity Project Manager to deploy Sitefinity instances to my workstation, per the installation guides. I just stumbled on the EmptyProject sample in the Sitefinity SDK, which ...
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Flow content within anchor tags [duplicate]

Since HTML5, it is valid to have block elements within inline elements. So an <a> element can contain flow content which includes <div>, <img>, <h1>, <h2>, etc. <a ...
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Canonical tag for pages requiring a starting form

I have a situation for which the standard canonical "prev" / "next" doesn't seem applicable. On the first page, I have a form which collects information from the user. After the form is submitted, ...
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Microdata: should I use Book or Product type scheme?

I'm developing a site for an antiques shop, specialized in rare and ancient books. Every page for each book will have a description sheet available with several data for the item. Descriptions ...
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What's the best practice for someone who wants to reprint a Blog article on their site? [duplicate]

Someone wants to post a copy of a blog article on their site. I'm fine with that as it'll get a link back to us. But I'm concerned that Google might view one or both as duplicate content.
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Is it OK to give status 404 to unauthorized users?

In recent months I have come across several sites, which give a 404 status/error page, when there should be 403 or maybe 401. For example, I have a private repository on github.com with link: https:/...
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Best practices for domain names with foreign characters

Suppose you're starting a new web site with the (completely made up name) of "El Niño." Some obvious options for your domain name would be: elniño.com elnino.com And typically, of course, you'd ...
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What is good URI design?

How should a good URI be designed? What are the factors to consider? What are the pros and cons of the variants? Factors that makes up a good URI Stability over time Short Give the user an idea ...
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How to reduce impact moving a website to a different server?

I have a website, hosted on a Shared Hosting plan at 1and1, and recently I've got a Virtual Server, because I aim to transfer the website to a bigger server. So the process I will be doing is: Copy ...
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Translate URL query parameters

Just like it is always advisable to translate URL parts in order to internationalize a web site, is there any recommendation (W3C or such) regarding the translation of URL parameters (query strings)? ...
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How to fail in case of incorrect URI parameter?

What is the correct way to fail when the user provides a wrong or not applicable value for a query parameter? with a HTTP 406 Not Acceptable status code and a page describing the issue with a HTTP ...
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GWT: Mobile usability issues: Resolving the “Content not sized to viewport” issue

Google Webmaster Tools (GWT) flagged this error on my client's responsive website. The errors exclusively appear on pages with large tables of data. The developers took a quick look and weren't able ...
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How to hide a JavaScript popup for Googlebot?

I want to display a JavaScript popup when visitors access my website, however I believe Google will decrease my rankings when they detect a popup. So, is there any way to hide a JavaScript popup for ...
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Price in page title?

Is it good or bad to include product price in page title? Page describes product, for example women's shoes. And price could be changed twice a year.
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Local SEO Strategies

What are your strategies for local SEO? For example, if you had a web design company in Lincoln, Nebraska, what would you do for your website from an SEO perspective?
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SEO best practices for image based web sites [duplicate]

How should I optimize an image based web site (art gallery, www.cavalet.bg ) to improve the SEO rank for a specific key word (in this case the bulgarian word for paintings - картини)? The truth is I ...
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What is the optimal folder structure for a web directory?

I've been doing web development for years, and I've always done a web structure similar to this: public_html/login.php public_html/css/login.css public_html/js/login.js public_html/img/logo.png I'...
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Friendly URLs: is there a max length for search engines?

People from stackoverflow have been working closely with google team to help them make the panda algorithm more efficient, so I guess they've learned a lot from the google team. Thus they may have ...
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Similar Product Pages and Properly Using Canonical Property

I have several products on my website that I am trying to decide if I should use the URL Canonical property on. The reason is because several of the pages will have very near identical information on ...
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Repeating product category in product title

I am wondering if there are any benefits or drawbacks to repeating a product category in the tile of the product? For example: Let's say I sell "light bulbs", on the product category page where all ...
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Several domains using 302 redirect to our domain

I am wondering what implications we can run into if one of our dealers is redirecting several of their domains using a 302 to our domain. The reason they are doing this is because they want to have ...
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practical reasons for using separate domains instead of subdomains?

Quite often, I see web sites that draw resources from multiple domains. Made up example: Foo Bar Ltd has a main web site at foobar.com, which references files at fbltdcdn.com and foobar-rewards.net. ...
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Hosting several HTTP servers on single domain name

Several people have got a single domain name server.company.com server, where they are now supposed to host their infrastructure or temporal projects, written in different ways even in different ...
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Purchasing traffic effects on SEO

I've recently found some websites which provide a specific number of visits by paying. I'm curious if this is a (very) bad practice for search engines (like Google).
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Will “jailing” a single page inside an iframe using a JavaScript redirect be considered as cloaking?

Background I have a website that uses iframes to display content. If the URL to a content is called directly by the user it should be "jailed" into the main page. The main page provides a header and a ...
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HTML5 article tag application for the iPad/iPhone

I've used article tags on websites. My understanding and practice is to use the article tag for publication content. I always use HTML/HTML5 tags as their intended purposes and not at will. Recently, ...
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Is it good to buy multiple domains for competitive reasons?

I am attempting to convince the higher ups at my company that spending $55 to renew one domain for a year is bad when they end up having 3-4 domains names for one website. They're reasoning for ...
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Navigation: Sub-menu item for section page

I'm considering some small navigation changes to one of my sites. Consider the following (simplified) site structure: About Some Technology About Some Technology Our Products Products Overview ...
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What is the general practice for country TLD subdomains

I'm trying to launch a website application that will focus on cities around the world, whereby TLD for each countries will be used. For example: www.website.de - Germany www.website.cn - China sub-...
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Filtering your offices IPs from Google Analytics when each has a dynamic IP?

I found the documentation for filtering IPs from Google Analytics, but the address of the several locations of our company all have dynamic IP addresses that change every 30 days from what I'm told. ...
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Will Google treat this JavaScript code as a bad practice?

I have a website that provides a custom UX experience implemented via JavaScript. When JavaScript is disabled in the browser the website falls back to CSS for the layout. To make this possible I've ...
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Canonicalising to less linked URLs

I have a question about how to use canonical urls on an ecommerce site with a complex category structure. I have many products and they each sit in multiple categories. Each product can be accessed ...
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Why not AJAX'ify entire websites?

Is there any solid reasoning as to why sites shouldn't be developed with ajax functionality that loads major parts of each part (assuming there are elements like the header, navigation etc that remain ...
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Best way to handle query string params no longer used [duplicate]

A client's SEO "expert" has recently asked us to redirect hundreds of URLs to the home page but we're not sure if her request is the best way of going about it. Here's the situation: The clients ...
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URLs: Should I use hyphens, underscores or plus symbols?

Which is better for search engines? example.com/my_cool_page.html example.com/my-cool-page.html example.com/my+cool+page.html
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Automatic HTML clean up

What are some of the most popular tools for automatically cleaning up HTML code to its cleanest and most best practices rendition? The only one I know is the venerable HTMLtidy. Please see this for ...
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Multiple top level domains - should I redirect/rewrite or leave them?

I have a website which has many top level domains e.g. mywebsite.com mywebsite.org mywebsite.co.uk mywebsite.org.uk The website is advertised as mywebsite.org.uk. But I expect lots of people will ...
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Print friendly version best practice

I am currently recoding a website from tables to modern html/css and have several 100 pages to go over. The problem is, each page has its own print version in another file, also with tables. Would ...
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“Included” search phrases in URLs/titles/H1s and SEO

When designing a new URL/folder structure for our website, we faced one interesting problem related to choosing best keywords from SEO perspective. We call it "included search phrases". It will be ...
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Image folder name for SEO [duplicate]

We develop and sell ActiveX and .NET controls through our website. After doing some redesign works, every product will have its own top-level folder on the webserver. For instance, the home page for ...
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site home not at site root index

I have an SEO concern with a website that has just finished the development stage, basically the site has been in progress for a year. During this period the site has been accessible from the URL: /...
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Best practice: Should I note Gravatar is used on the website?

I am going to implement a comment system on a website and I'm going to implement Gravatar as user's avatars. Since the form for posting comments doesn't have a field for uploading an image, nor does ...