HTML (HyperText Markup Language) is the predominant markup language used for creating web pages. In modern web pages, HTML is used to markup the contents of the website, while CSS and Javascript are used to define the styles and behaviors respectively.

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Preventing robots from crawling specific part of a page

As a webmaster in charge of a tiny site that has a forum, I regularly receive complains from users that both the internal search engine and that external searches (like when using Google) are totally ...
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SEO regarding using multiple <h1> tag?

Is is true <h1> tag should not have more than 1 on every page for SEO? Every pages on the header, it includes and <h1> tag. Website Name which show an image from logo class, like this: &...
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Is the title attribute (not tag) important to SEO?

The title attribute is an HTML standard element available across most tags. e.g. <li><a title="Widgets listed by household function" href="/widgets/by-function.html">by Function</a&...
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HTML validation: is it worth it?

What are the advantages and disadvantages (if any) of making sure that all pages validate compared to having non-valid HTML that however works on all major browsers? Also, is having valid HTML after ...
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Absolute vs relative links

Our site's navigation links are currently in relative form: <a href="/section"> The SEO company I mentioned in my previous question recommends we change them to absolute links: <a href="...
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Can I use <link> tags in the body of an HTML document?

Can I use <link> tags in the body of an HTML page? I tried to find the answer to this question, but found contradictory information. When adding Schema.org microdata markup to an HTML page, I ...
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My website title shows up slightly different from what's in my title tag, only in Google search [duplicate]

I've included my page title in the title tag in this format: " blah blah blah | sitename ". But for some reason it's showing up on Google search results as " sitename: blah blah blah ". It shows up ...
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When designing a website, how do you usually start?

In the past I've done some HTML, CSS and PHP coding, but I've only ever worked on things that were already "finished" and I've never started a website from scratch. However, I recently purchased a ...
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Anchor tag inside <h1> or <h1> inside achor tag: which is better?

I am trying to use <h1> tags on my blog for the post title and came across one problem. Title is hyperlinked. Case 1: <h1> <a href=""> xyz </a> </h1> case 2: <a ...
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Can microdata be implemented in meta tags?

Please consider the following code marked up with attributes to provide microdata: <!DOCTYPE html> <html> <head> <title>Micro data test - Normal version</title&...
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How can I see what my web site looks like in various browsers?

How can I see what my web site looks like in various browsers? Short of actually having every different browser version installed, is there any tool or service that can provide a preview?
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Why aren't we supposed to use <table> in a design?

What are some clear and logical reasons for why we shouldn't be designing websites with tables? Where are the benefits, what has been driving this idea in the industry? When is it okay to use a table?
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Which meta tags are not worth the effort?

After reading this question about meta keywords, I've been wondering : of all meta tags, which ones are really worth the effort ? I know that the description is used in google search results, and the ...
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Common optimizations to reduce HTML or XHTML page size?

What are some common optimizations performed to reduce HTML or XHTML page size? Some that come to mind are: removing comments, removing extraneous whitespace, moving repetitive inline styles to a ...
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Should my Title tag be the same as my H1 tag?

I have read that I should make the contents of my <title> and <h1> tags the same. Is that the case or is does Google look at the content of those 2 tags separately?
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Order of HTML meta tags

A SEO company suggested we change the order of our HTML meta tags so that <title> and <meta name="description"> are the first two. They say this is to ensure search engines can utilize ...
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Is minifying id and class names a bad SEO practice?

I am a big fan of minifying everything whenever possible. It is a sin for me to don't do this. However, I recently read that one of the thousands tips to boost your website rank on search engines was ...
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Why should we use tags like p, span, hx tags when we can use CSS instead?

Why should we use tags like p, span, hx tags when we can use CSS instead? Is it important from an SEO point of view?
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Are HTML tables bad for SEO?

A lot of designers discourage the use of tables but I have a layout where I'll use more div structure to achieve something made simple with a table.. Are tables bad for search engines? edit: I will ...
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SEO of <span> in <h1> header

Does the <span> element have any SEO side-effects? Are there any semantic preferences between the following two or parsing differences between search engines? Clean <h1>: <h1>...
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What is the maximum size of an HTML file that Google will crawl through?

I have a 10MB HTML file. Will Google crawl through the entire file, or does it only look at the first X MB?
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Does changing strong element CSS styling affect SEO?

<strong> HTML elements have default black and bold CSS styling. I want my strong elements to have light blue background, have blue as font color and underline strokes. But does changing the ...
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Why don't large popular sites such as SO use keyword and description meta headers?

Why don't Stack Overflow, Wikipedia or MSDN etc. include keyword and description meta tags in their page headers? For example Google indexes the first paragraph as a brief description. Is this a ...
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Is content inside a <noscript> tag indexed by search indexes?

Is content inside a <noscript> (HTML4, HTML5) tag indexed by search engines? (Inspired by this question)
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Twitter Product Preview on Tweets

I just saw that twitter can also preview the products as it is on below Tweet: http://twitter.com/#!/gillcleeren/status/131640082397528065 In this case, it is an Amazon product. I was wondering ...
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Is there a simple way to protect my webpage by password?

I am writing some simple HTML pages. I need to protect some pages and some files (from being downloaded) by requiring a username and password. Does anyone know a simple solution?
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Multiple sites, same markup, different content, tier linkage = SEO penalty?

I've developed a site, and I'd like to apply the exact same theme with the same HTML markup but different CSS styling to multiple different sites on different domains. The sites will be related in ...
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Google Webmaster Tools says my XML sitemap “appears to be an HTML page”

We're running a lot of sites and we've started to get a lot of these errors in Webmaster Tools: Sitemap is HTML Your Sitemap appears to be an HTML page. Please use a supported sitemap format ...
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How to overcome politics of the net (Google translate code refuses to work from a specific region)

According to the FAQ's I am not sure if my question is a ok to ask or will be closed or should I post it in the meta or even I would blame some one for downvoting it. However it is one that has been ...
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As a beginner, I would like to know which should be the markup language to startup with [closed]

I am a beginner in Web Designing. For sure a CMS like Joomla (Joomla 3.1, now) is very useful for one who doesn't care about coding. But... I know for sure that the ability of coding really helps a ...
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Images as hyperlinks and SEO implications

I manage several websites, one of which is an e-commerce site with a lot of images. At the top of some product category pages, there are image links to specific products (think image banners). I am ...
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Problem with description of my site and google search

My HTML page : http://www.faressoft.com <meta name="description" content="فارس سوفت الاسم الرائد في عالم البرمجيات العربية" /> When I search for my site name "فارس سوفت" using google, the ...
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How to transform RDF to Microdata in a WordPress site?

I have a breadcrumb with RDF data and I want to adapt it to Microdata. First of all, I'm not sure about the structure, because it will work on a WordPress template. But I found this code: http://www....
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Is it good to have HTML tags between anchor tags?

The code used is: <a href="%viewurl%?download=%title%"><div class="m"> <table><tr><td width="104px"><img class="thumb" src="%thumburl%" height="100px" width="100px" ...
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What is new in HTML5/CSS3?

I've seen this site and this site, but that's a lot to digest. What are the main things about HTML5 that make it different/better than regular old (X)HTML/CSS?
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How can I validate HTML offline?

When I'm developing a website locally sometimes I want to check if the html is valid but I haven't been able to find a good tool. I want it partial as a sanity check when I'm troubleshooting layout ...
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What's the importance of the “title” tag?

Talking with some other people recently, it came up an interesting topic. The core question at hand is: What's the real importance and weight of the <title> tag in a web site? For instance,...
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Is inline JavaScript good or bad?

I've currently switched from WordPress to Yii framework and an external developer is rebuilding my site. One thing I notice is that each time he invokes AJAX / jQuery the Yii way, it embeds inserts ...
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Using Schema.org for blogging: Article VS BlogPosting

I have been remaking my website for some time now and I want to launch it as quickly as possible but I want to make it leading edge if possible. I am currently using a modified template (I know! web ...
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What is the purpose of leading slash in HTML URLs?

I have noticed that some blogs posts have links using a value starting with / in the href. For example: <a href="/somedir/somepage.html">My Page</a> Does the leading / mean the path is ...
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What are reasons of latency for a HTTP request to load HTML?

I would like to know what are reasons of latency for a HTTP request to load HTML part of a webpage. I think about: loading webpage with proxy not having a good web server (apache vs nginx) having a ...
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Will putting the HTML from a 301 redirect page into a document perform the same function as a real 301 redirect?

In a web debugger, the html of a 301 redirect page shows up as: <!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//IETF//DTD HTML 2.0//EN"> <html><head> <title>301 Moved Permanently</title> </...
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Effect on SEO of lazy scrolling on HTML comments

I am thinking about using a JS script that lazy loads HTML when scrolling ( http://ivorycity.com/blog/2011/04/19/jquery-lazy-loader-load-html-and-images-on-scroll/). I am not too sure about whether ...
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Uses of LINK tag

The <link> tag appears to have many uses aside from stylesheets. For example the W3 suggest using it for previous/next/index pages. I know that Opera also has a Navigation toolbar that will ...
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http-equiv=content-language alternative - the way of specifying document language

Lots of web sites uses following meta tag to specify the default language of the document: <meta http-equiv="content-language" content="es-ES"> When I go to W3C site and read about HTML ...
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What's the best way to show a message for only IE 6 and IE 7?

What's the best way to show a text message for only IE 6 and IE 7 ? Should I add a html tag to my webpages and normally hide it with css for all browsers except the above mentioned ? And when I use ...
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Duplicate content on the same page - SEO ramifications?

In certain situations, I've seen Responsive Design websites with duplicate content on the same page. The pages had duplicate HTML structure and content in some parts of it due to Responsive Design. ...
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Schema.org: Having a Product as “about” property

I want to define a Product as the main content of a webpage using Schema.org markup. My idea with the following HTML is to use the structure: - Webpage -- WebPageElement (mainContentOfPage of ...
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Does the 'blockquote' element harm or help SEO?

Can anyone please clarify the actual relation of the blockquote element with search engine optimization?
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Possible to only load specifiv div of a website?

I have this project i'm working on and id like to add a really small list of nearby places using facebooks places in an iframe feature from touch.facebook.com I can easily just use touch.facebook.com/#...