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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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Does valid HTML, CSS and/or XML affect SEO?

Can a page's HTML validity affect search engine optimization (SEO)? Assuming all other factors are exactly equal, will an HTML document with 0 errors and 0 warnings (W3C provides a tool to validate ...
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My website title shows up slightly different from what's in my title tag, only in Google search

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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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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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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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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What's the point of placing self links on a webpage?

I often see links on webpages that link to the page itself. For example on forums, blogs and even here the topic title is a link and points to the page itself. What's the point of doing this?
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What is a good WYSIWYG HTML Editor?

I've used Dreamweaver (albeit CS3 so I am a few versions back), but I am disappointed with the amount of invalid markup it produces. Are there other WYSIWYG editors out there that produce valid ...
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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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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 (to be downloaded) by requiring username and password. Do anyone has a simple solution? Thank you very much!
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Is the W3 standard a major factor when google decides SERP position?

I have a dynamic php website which index only has around 800 errors according to the w3 validator online. I have tried checking major websites like ebay, stackoverflow and others also, all with ...
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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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STRONG and EM tags inside H1 and H2 and SEO on database-driven website

I am trying to tweak the SEO of my Website, I have read a 400 SEO Bible PDF document that I came across. An aspect of my website that was not included in my SEO optimisation. The STRONG and EM HTML ...
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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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When opening a local HTML file, how do I ensure I get the content not a cached version?

I have an issue where the newest content of a local HTML file is sometimes not displayed. Instead, the browser shows a cached version. The workaround is to press <Ctrl>+<F5> but I'd like ...
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Canonical Tag Not Being Recognized

I'm puzzled by the first Google search result in this list. The first result has the following rel="canonical" tag: <link rel="canonical" ...
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Easy user management on html site?

I hope I'm not asking a question for which the answer is obvious...If I am, apologies. Within my html site (i.e. not Wordpress, Joomla, etc.) I want to be able to have a level of user management. ...
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Using Schema 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 I'm using a modified template (I know! ...
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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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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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How do you save/export changes made in Firebug?

Using Firebug to edit CSS, how do I save/export changes made to the CSS? TOOLS: Firefox, Firebug MAJOR UPDATE: If you know of a way to lock the forward/back/refresh on a FireFox tab, please let me ...
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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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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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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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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>: ...
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Looking for big list of shortening service websites

Does anybody know where to get list of working long2short service websites? The bigger the better - I need at least 100 of them.
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To <p> or not to <p>?

I recently had a debate with a colleague who claimed that a <div> tag should be used over a <p> tag when formatting paragraphs. The case against the use of <p> is that it produces ...
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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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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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301 Redirect HTML Pages

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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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 ...
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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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Alt attribute for SEO recommendation

If I want my site to be no.1 for a particular keyword search, would it harm me or help me if I put alt="keyword" in all of the images I have in the site?
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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 ...
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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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HTML mail signature influences blacklisted SPAM?

I had a several Undelivered Mail Returned to Sender with my domain. This started happening at least 2 months, after I made an HTML signature. It is possible, I don't know very well the sense of this. ...