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Redeveloping a live site on a new web host: Use a new domain or a subdomain? [on hold]

I need to fill a hole in my web development knowledge. My website (domain.com) lives on an existing host (Host A). I am redeveloping this site using a new host (Host B). What is best practice? ...
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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 ...
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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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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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Website copying our content SEO impact [duplicate]

Our company has a large dealer network across the US and Canada. We take an additional 25% off the products if they list our products on their website which most people do. We use to hand out code for ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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HTTPS best practices for SEO and usability

Consider a page, http://example.com, which can be viewed both publicly and when a user authenticates. Now suppose you enable HTTPS for every page when a user logs into your website, but only when they ...
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Strategy for hosting 700+ domains names, each with a static HTML site

I have a portfolio of more than 700 domain names, and ideally I'd like to put up a single-page HTML/CSS/JavaScript webpage for each domain. Is there a system/strategy/workflow that will allow me to: ...
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Meta Keywords Optimization Best Way to Proceed?

I am on a wallpapers blog project... When i generate leech pages I put in the tags about that image in meta information... But i also need to tell that these are wallpapers... So what is the best way ...
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URLs - Hyphens or keywords?

Let's say I have an online database. The domain names somethingdatabase.* are taken. seomoz says that Hyphens detract from credibility and can act as a spam indicator and also says that ...
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Is it correct to have domains with more than 3 levels?

I've been arguing for some time about this topic, now I'd like the opinion of professionals. My point is that a domain should be made of 2 or 3 levels at most, like: mysite.com blog.mysite.com ...
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When linking pages, does google give higher value to href=“http://www.mydomain.com” than href=“/”?

When linking pages does Google give higher value to: <a href="http://www.mydomain.com"> </a> Vs. <a href="/"> </a>? I am wondering because I have heard that (for SEO) it ...
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Any suggestions for a change detection system?

As a webdesigner/webmaster I'm taking care of various websites. Recently one client's website got "hacked". It turned out that at their office one computer got infected by a trojan, that spied the ftp ...
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Recommended Site Redundancy Options

I am developing a site for a client who is emphasizing "no downtime allowed". Now even cloud hosting doesn't provide a 100% up-time promise, so I've been thinking about mirrored hosting, where if ...
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What is the best way to redirect my naked domain?

I have example.com, which points to web server using A records, I want to redirect all traffic from www.example.com to example.com. As far as i know these are methods, 301 HTML redirect from www to ...
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Nameservers and DNS - Appropriate Steps to Move to A VPS?

I bought a VPS and I am trying to transfer my domain over to the new server, I took two steps so far, but I don't think I did it quite right as its been 24 hours and most all DNS check sites still ...
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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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Same product name in different categories

I have two questions about URL structure for SEO. I have one product belongs to multiple categories. Is this OK for SEO OR shall I give them different product names? ...
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How to phrase the from field in system generated emails my site sends?

I have a community site that sends emails after certain actions like 1) When someone makes a comment 2) When someone does something called "suggest solution" 3) When someone makes a comment in the ...
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Convenient practice for where to place images?

A lot of developers place all image files inside a central directory, for example: /i/img/ /images/ /img/ Isn't it better (e.g. content architecture, on-page SEO, code maintainability, filename ...
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Pros and cons of creating a print friendly page to remove the use of pdfs?

the company I work for has a one page invoice that uses the library tcpdf. they wanted to do some design changes that I found are just incredibly difficult for setting up in .pdf format. Using ...
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rel=“nofollow” SEO impact

I saw a technique used where there was a block with three parts: 1. Image (wrapped in an anchor tag) 2. Heading (anchor tag with heading text) 3. Paragraph (regular p tag with synopsis content) e.g. ...
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Podcast Best Practices - Page Development & Monetization Considerations [closed]

Our current podcast page has show notes and a link to download an mp3 of our podcast. We were advised to add an audio player to stream the file live from our website. The thought being this would ...
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Website Remodel Redirects

We've recently built a site for a new client who has not inserted all the content that they had from their old site into their new one. Also a lot of content is dynamic with ID's not matching from the ...
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I am the Webmaster now. Where do I start? [closed]

I just changed jobs and will soon be in charge of a custom-built ASP.NET CMS and website for a fairly large corporation with global offices. I have IT and developer FTE resources available to me but ...
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Choosing a subject to create a site for [closed]

For 6 years I'm working as web developer and I would like to finally create my own site. I thought I have everything needed: programming and administration skills, found a good designer, own servers ...