HTTP Stands for "Hyper Text Transfer Protocol", and is the protocol that applications use to access documents/webpages/data from the world wide web.

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Splitting an existing site into sub-domains and using a landing page with an http 301 - is this just wrong?

I currently manage a website for a large(ish) primary school. I'm in the process of rebuilding their website, and have had a thought today about how to potentially better organise the content. We ...
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What is the benefit of forcing a site to load over SSL (HTTPS)?

Let's say I have a large content-only site; no login or logout, no usernames, no email addresses, no secure area, nothing secret on the site, nada. People just come to the site and go from page to ...
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Why is Googlebot calling an AJAX method with GET rather than POST?

I have an AJAX call on my site that does a POST and returns data. Googlebot is crawling these URLs but it is attempting to use a GET method rather than a POST. This is causing hundreds of 404 error ...
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How to indicate to search engines that a website is permanently closed?

Obviously when a website disappears Google etc will stop indexing it at some point, but is there some way for a web server to provide a more formal response indicating that a website is permanently ...
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What data does AddThis share with social media platforms?

If I have AddThis Share and Follow buttons integrated on my site, is there a way to tell whether the AddThis script passes any data (such as HTTP referrer) to the social networking sites upon page ...
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Website inaccessabile to T-Mobile users

I have a website I'm working on that is being hosted on host-ed.net, (a free web hosting provider). I've been sending people to my site to see how it looks, and I'm having a lot of mobile users with T-...
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Redirecting specific URL from HTTPS to HTTP

Long time lurker, first time caller... I have a backend like admin.mysite.com which is able to use HTTPS (has a certificate installed, etc) - but that admin portal is a CMS backend for a number of ...
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Proper status code for language redirection (301, 302, … 307)?

I have build a websites with multiple languages. The URLs look like: http://www.example.com/en/ http://www.example.com/de/ If the user access the main domain http://www.example.com/ the web server ...
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How lenient should I be when checking the range header parameters?

I made more of my URLs now accept the HTTP range request so that only user requested bytes of the document can be parsed. This is the range header my code supports: range: bytes=s-e where s is the ...
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How to redirect HTTPS to HTTP behind proxy (CloudFlare)

I want to redirect HTTPs to HTTP, I tried following code in .htaccess file Options +FollowSymlinks RewriteEngine on RewriteCond %{SERVER_PORT} ^443$ RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://www.yourdomain.com/$1 [R=...
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Is it an overkill to specify the accept-ranges header for small HTML pages?

I tested my site homepage through rigor.com (formerly zoompf.com) and they believe all resources should have an accept-ranges header, but since my HTML code size is under 20 KB (mostly under 10 KB), I ...
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Redirect subdomain http:// to https:// - To many redirects

I'm trying to redirect http://sub.domain.com to https://sub.domain.com. I have turned the web upside down trying every .htaccess and PHP script out there, and all of them give me the ...
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What affect does https have on SEO? [duplicate]

I have recently added an SSL certificate to my site. Using our host (GoDaddy), we have redirected all traffic from http://exampl.com to https://example.com Furthermore, I have 2 folders off this site ...
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HTTP request to an API has been blocked from an HTTPS website

I am facing problem to call web service which is hosted over HTTP and I am calling web service from HTTPS domain. web service's .htaccess RewriteEngine On RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f ...
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What are the differences between a regular HTTP web server and a REST server?

I am learning about REST services and from what I understood until now the only difference is the language of the file that is outputted by the script that runs as a backend. Can a regular web server ...
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How can I find out what other websites are hosted from my website IP address and why is that important from SEO point of view?

I heard that is important from a SEO perspective what other websites are hosted on the IP address on which my website is stored. Do other websites hosted on my server/VPS affect my search results in ...
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How to add http:// prefix to subdomain redirect in htaccess

I am rewriting a subdomain URL with a query (cart.example.net/ProductDetail.jsp?LISTID=7C0400-1101763508) to a www subdomain (www.example.net/product-category/product). The problem I am facing is the ...
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Is HTTP code 401 or 403 appropriate for when a logged in user is not allowed to view the data?

I am looking for a good way to return an error when an unauthenticated/unauthorised user is trying to get a restricted access content from my site. Currently I ask the user to login, check the ...
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Shared hosting IP changed to https from http

I had a shared hosting on my service provider. Since last 6 months everything was going fine. But recently after some server problems, that halted services for many days and restored back, I am no ...
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AMP Pages on HTTP or HTTPS?

Next month Google Search will integrate AMP pages. These are pages that are designed to work rapidly on mobile devices even when using a poor network connection. Should I host these AMP pages on a ...
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SEO analysis site is showing cookie and token information from within the HTTP header of my site

A SEO Analysis tool is showing cookie and token information publicly after fetching it from my website. Is having this information from whithin my site's HTTP header published publicly safe? If ...
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When webservers send a page, why don't they send all required CSS, JS, and images without being asked?

When a web page contains a single CSS file and an image, why do browsers and servers waste time with this traditional time-consuming route: browser sends an initial GET request for the webpage and ...
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How to tell if a website is using rewrite or redirect?

If I go to google.com in my browser, it automatically loads the https site. When I do curl http://www.google.com, if it were doing a redirect, then I'd expect to see a 301 message. But instead, it ...
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Making entire site to HTTPS from HTTP - issues to be aware of

I am thinking of moving a website (built on Wordpress) to be run entirely over HTTPS so it is more secure and follows Google's "HTTPS Everywhere" mantra. Can anyone provide some advice on this & ...
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Will it have a negative influence on search engine ranking if my main site is working over HTTPS but my blog isn't?

Suppose I have domain working https like https://www.example.com/ and my blog is working without https like http://blog.example.com/. Is that wrong from SEO or Google point of view?
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http header if not modified help

I am having a little trouble with sorting out my HTTP headers for my sites. I am currently setting up Varnish on my server and so trying to get everything working correctly. All my sites are ...
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How to deal with URL requests instead of paths from suspicious users

I have a website which has CloudFlare enabled on it (Free plan) and lately I've been getting some really weird requests which instead of GET /some/path were like this: "\xddG@\xdd\"\xb8\xbf\"\x8f\x80\...
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How to properly tell Google they have no right to access the download. What status do I use?

I'm looking for the SEO way to tell Google not to download pictures. I have a script that generates one of two things based on who accesses the site: If an unauthorized robot accesses the site, they ...
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Make server force Excel to hand over hyperlink to browser without trying to load the page itself

I am not sure if this is an Excel (SuperUser) or WebMasters question since I may have exhausted the server option. Use case Our site allows downloading a result list in XLS format. A hyperlink is ...
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Why am I getting regular http requests for rpix.php on my AWS server

Recently Ive redeployed by Java application to AWS ElasticBeanstalk running within a Tomcat container. I now keep getting messages like: Message: Environment health has transitioned from Ok to ...
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Using HTTP (insecure) ad providers on HTTPS (secure) site

As more and more browsers adopt stringent checks around preventing insecure content served up on secure sites, there is impact on the use of ad networks which in many cases don't support the secure ...
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if an HTTP page can be cached by proxy should I put “noindex” in the HTTPS version or not?

I have a Blog where each page have a static version served with dynamic url mysite.com/mypage?logged=false over HTTP, and a dynamic version served with dynamic url mysite.com/mypage?logged=true over ...
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Handling the HTTP Host header with what status code?

After finding out that the environment variables HTTP_HOST and HTTP_SERVER return the same values on my server, I made a patch for apache that fixes it, but I'm wondering if I returned the correct ...
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Redirecting HTTPS to HTTP without relying on HTTPS variable

I was looking for browser bugs to see if I can somehow adjust my website code to make it work for those browsers. I also looked at my server logs this month and found that 29% of all guests used at ...
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Is a Server and Date HTTP header really necessary for error or redirecting pages?

On practically every URL I visit using the command-line tool CURL, there is always a server identification header and date header outputted regardless of the status of the request. For example, on my ...
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Does it make sense to return a 410 instead of 404 when some page has been permanently removed?

Does it make sense to return a 410 instead of 404 when some page has been permanently removed? In this video, Matt Cutts says that Google treats them the same, but are there other reasons to implement ...
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HTTP and HTTPS visibility question

First a little context as a lot of people have been confused by my question in the past. Everything in the 2 requests below is visible to a third party (man in the middle attack), url, data, host ...
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Google Webmaster Tools- Do I need to mark my SSL domain as a duplicate of my non-SSL domain?

I have a Drupal 7 site served exclusively using SSL with the "bare" domain (no www). But, I see that in Google Webmaster Tools, I can add the following: http://example.com http://www.example.com ...
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Disabling If-modified-since / if-none-match on web server for some files

What I want to do is try to get search engines to rescan my sitemap files (plain xml files stored on server). It did recently attempt to access it but it received a not modified response (HTTP status ...
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Interpretation of empty User-agent

How should I interpret a empty User-agent? I have some custom analytics code and that code has to analyze only human traffic. I have got a working list of User-agents denoting human traffic, and bot ...
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http://www.example.com/http://www.example.com/ in Apache log?

I run a website, let's say www.example.com. On it I have a path and file, say www.example.com/path/file.html. The Apache log lists GET requests like: GET /path/file.html HTTP/1.1 Which is correct, ...
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Trailing slash on Root folder - Is it possible to remove it without 301?

I have noticed something very strange on the site I'm working on. We currently only show http://www.example.com. The URL http://www.example.com/ (slash at the end) gets 301'd to http://www.example.com....
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htaccess www to non-www and non-SSL to SSL [duplicate]

I want to redirect all HTTP requests to HTTPS as well as redirect all www requests to non-www. The reason for this is that I want SSL to be forced and I am currently unable to support SSL on my www ...
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Where does the HTTP referer “applewebdata” come from?

My site uses a web stat service like Google Analytics, it uses a piece of javascript code to log what pages the visitor has visited and the refer url of each visit. I got some referer "applewebdata", ...
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requesting for downloadable files via HEAD

I bet google is checking web pages via HTTP HEAD and HTTP GET request methods. So I'm thinking I should also allow proper header output for downloadable files from my website via HTTP HEAD request but ...
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duplicate content in https without certificate? and google tries HTTPS anyway?

I understand that for an HTTPS page to work properly, a valid certificate is required. On my web server, we primarily use HTTP but we have HTTPS available to clients that may need it. I then tried a ...
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Caching a changing site

I run a website where the static content changes at least 4 times a week and I'm trying to figure out the best header arrangement to use. Currently I have all caching related headers in use. I have ...
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Can servers ever return headers not beginning with HTTP?

When I checked URLs for headers, they always start with HTTP. For example, HTTP/1.1 301 Moved Permanently. If I remember, I think in the past, headers started with Status: followed by a code. ...
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Can an HTTP status 400 be a substitute for a 410?

As I shift many URL's on my site from non-friendly to friendly, I came across an old URL that was used for testing that google later ended up scanning but now I no longer use the URL. Its in the ...
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Can a website meet standards without a single link returning 404 status?

According to woorank.com seo tools, I read that its not best practice for a website to not have a custom 404 error page. But here's why I don't have it on a domain. Currently I and one other person ...