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Recovering a lost website with no backup?

Unfortunately, our hosting provider experienced 100% data loss, so I've lost all content for two hosted blog websites: http://blog.stackoverflow.com http://www.codinghorror.com (Yes, yes, I ...
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19answers
26k views

The Sitemap Paradox

We use a sitemap on Stack Overflow, but I have mixed feelings about it. Web crawlers usually discover pages from links within the site and from other sites. Sitemaps supplement this data to allow ...
178
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20answers
32k views

What are the best ways to increase a site's position in Google?

What are the best ways to increase a site's position in Google?
141
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15answers
14k views

Site too large to officially use Google Analytics?

We just got this email from the Google Analytics team: We love that you love our product and use it as much as you do. We have observed however, that a website you are tracking with Google ...
126
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5answers
44k views

If ICANN only charges 18¢ per domain name, why am I paying $10?

ICANN charges 18¢ per domain name registered regardless of its extension, but I pay $10 for a domain name per year with my registrar. What do domain name registrars do for its customers to justify ...
113
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1answer
17k views

Does the order of keywords matter in a page title?

Stack Overflow has made a change to their page titles such that the most popular tag for a question appears at the start of the title. The change is being deployed across the network, so check out ...
106
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10answers
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Providing fake info during domain registration - does it matter?

As you are all most likely aware already all domain registrars ask for your personal information. Such personal information includes: Forename and surname Address information Email address ...
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10answers
2k views

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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5answers
14k views

How to find web hosting that meets my requirements?

This is a "catch-all" question designed to serve as an answer for all questions about choosing web hosting. Pro Webmasters no longer accepts new questions about how to choose hosting. All future ...
79
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8answers
5k views

Does a site's bounce rate influence Google rankings?

Does Google consider bounce rate or something similar in ranking sites? Background: here at Stack Exchange we noticed that the latest Google algorithm changes resulted in about a 20% dip in traffic ...
78
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7answers
21k views

How hard is to be the anonymous owner of a website?

I'd like to create a website with a very radical political message. It won't be unethical (encouraging violence, etc) but I feel the points I plan to list in it will definitely make me a lot of ...
72
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5answers
10k views

How do I transition to SSL without affecting PageRank?

Here at Stack Exchange we're working on moving all traffic to SSL. The reason we're not doing logged-in-users only is that one side of the login divide would suffer a redirect from Google every time. ...
71
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9answers
5k views

So now Google has said no to old browsers when can the rest of us follow suit?

Google recently announced that they will no longer support older browsers on Aug 1st: For this reason, soon Google Apps will only support modern browsers. Beginning August 1st, we’ll support the ...
61
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26answers
4k views

Way to list “Contact Us” email address on web site, yet reduce likelihood of spam?

What's a good way to list a "Contact Us" email address on a web site, while reducing the likelihood it will get spammed? Is putting the email address in an image the best technique, or are there ...
60
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8answers
3k views

Should I include “www” in my canonical URLs? What are the pros and cons?

What are the pros and cons of having http://www.example.com/ vs http://example.com/? For example a problem I'm aware of is that if I use a domain without www I can't set a cookie for the current ...
59
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4answers
28k views

Are there any clear indicators that my sitemap file is beneficial?

I have recently created a sitemap.xml file and uploaded it to my Google Webmasters Tools account. Google didn't report any issues or errors with the uploaded sitemap of my site. Now my question is: ...
57
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18answers
16k views

Who is a great domain registrar company? [closed]

I have used numerous domain registrars in the past, including Godaddy, 1&1, Host Monster, IX web Hosting, the list goes on. (not talking about hosting) I currently use GoDaddy, however, I'm not ...
56
votes
9answers
25k views

How can I simulate a slow connection for page load?

I have a fast server, and a reasonably fast home Internet connection. How can I simulate my page loading on a slow connection?
56
votes
5answers
14k views

How bad is it to use display: none in CSS?

I've heard many times that it's bad to use display: none for SEO reasons, as it could be an attempt to push in irrelevant popular keywords. A few questions: Is that still received wisdom? Does it ...
55
votes
15answers
174k views

How can I test my web site in IE6, IE7, IE8, and IE9?

Is there any Windows 7 application for that?
55
votes
11answers
1k views

SEO: Where do I start? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are the best ways to increase your site's position in Google? I am primarily a software developer however I tend to delve in some web development from time to ...
53
votes
10answers
4k views

Storing credit card details

I need to store credit card numbers for recurring billing through our 3rd party merchant. Are there any standards I need to adhere to regarding the storage of the details? We've been accepting credit ...
53
votes
3answers
3k views

How do I rename a domain and preserve PageRank?

As part of graduating from Area51 and becoming a full fledged site we sometimes change domain names from http://topic.stackexchange.com to http://example.com. Aside from the obvious 301 redirect rules ...
52
votes
7answers
9k views

How should I structure my URLs for both SEO and localization?

When I set up a site in multiple languages, how should I set up my URLs for search engines and usability? Let's say my site is www.example.com, and I'm translating into French and Spanish. What is ...
48
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6answers
6k views

Another website is mirroring and ranks above my site in search results

There is a site of ill-repute known as thedirty which has completely mirrored my site and now has links appearing on Google at the #1 spot using my content. I checked my log files and noticed that ...
46
votes
4answers
8k views

How come com.google is a valid domain name?

https://com.google appears to be a Google upside-down-rightside-left. But how come .google is a valid domain name? Or wait, .com is and it is just somehow reversed using some hidden technique? Oh, ...
46
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4answers
3k views

Are page ranks for subdomains independent?

If I have a domain name say stackexchange.com and I want to host 2 sites X and Y as subdomains of that site. Will x.stackexchange.com help out y.stackexchange.com in page rank? Or will google treat ...
46
votes
11answers
56k views

How to add SMS text messaging functionality to my website?

I want to add the ability to send reminders to people via email and SMS for specific events that they have signed up for on a web application that I am building. The email part is not difficult, but ...
45
votes
9answers
2k views

Do meta keywords have any impact on ranking algorithms?

From what I have read, Google no longer uses meta keywords in it's ranking algorithm. Is it worth the effort to maintain meta keywords?
44
votes
16answers
1k views

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 ...
44
votes
5answers
2k views

What are the most important things I need to do to encourage Google Sitelinks?

My website used to have sitelinks and now it doesn't. It's very possible that it's due to changing the website to a sidebar design instead of having an "interstitial" type landing page which limited ...
43
votes
21answers
8k views

Should I bother supporting IE6?

IE6 is deprecated and Microsoft is bent on killing it. However, I know that a lot of people still use it. Should I continue to support it anyways?
42
votes
7answers
17k views

Will having multiple domains improve my seo?

Lets say I have a domain already, for example www.automobile4u.com (not mine), with a website fully running and all. The title of my "Website" says: <title>Used cars - buy and sell your used ...
42
votes
3answers
4k views

My domain registrar has gone bankrupt but the domain is locked, what can I do?

My domain is registered through a company that has gone bankrupt. The domain status (according to the whois database) is: Domain Status: clientTransferProhibited ...
41
votes
13answers
4k views

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?
40
votes
7answers
7k views

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?
40
votes
6answers
1k views

What are some good resources for generating privacy policies and terms of use? [closed]

We've determined that our website needs a privacy policy and a terms of use page to protect our interests. Are there automated tools that will generate these for us? How do we go about creating ...
39
votes
5answers
2k views

Firefox accusing me of distributing malware on my site

I noticed that Firefox has decided to block some EXE installers from my site, showing a label Blocked: May contain virus or spyware. I right-click the file, select Unblock, and this message is shown ...
38
votes
7answers
5k views

Should plus be encoded in mailto: hyperlinks?

When placing an email address with an address tag (aka sub-addressing) in a mailto hyperlink … <a href="mailto:username+foo@example.com">mail us now!</a> … should the plus ...
38
votes
4answers
878 views

When did you decide to use a CDN? How did you measure the “success” of using a CDN?

When did you decide to use a Content Delivery Network? How did you measure the "success" of using a CDN to help justify the additional cost? Added a bounty. Hoping to get interesting stories from ...
37
votes
6answers
4k views

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 ...
37
votes
10answers
5k views

Why do websites have a contact form? isn't an email address enough?

What's reason behind having a contact form on a website, when a simple e-mail link is enough? Why do so many web sites have contact forms? Is it just a habit?
37
votes
6answers
3k views

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? ...
37
votes
4answers
6k views

Why do big sites host their images/css on external domains?

Why do big sites (Facebook, Twitter, Google, Tumblr & so on) host their images/css on external domains? Facebook: http://static.ak.fbcdn.net/ Twitter: http://a0.twimg.com Google: ...
36
votes
12answers
1k views

Is there a better analytics package than Google Analytics? [closed]

I've used Google Analytics for a while now, and it's pretty good for a high level view. But when I want to dig into the numbers a bit more, everything gets kind of vague. I also don't like that it ...
36
votes
5answers
1k views

Does an entry in DMOZ significantly help the ranking of a web site?

I have read that getting your site listed in the open directory (DMOZ) can significantly help boost your site's ranking in major search engines. Is this an 'old webmaster's tale' or does it really ...
35
votes
3answers
4k views

How can URLs have a dot . at the end, e.g. www.bla.de.?

I never believed URLs could have a period at the end, as in www.google.de. (which obvious is not working). However, www.youtu.be. is working perfectly well. How did they manage that?
35
votes
7answers
86k views

What is the best Apache logs Analyzer? [closed]

What real-time log analyzer can you suggest for Apache access and error logs? There is a list of web analytics software on wikipedia, but it would be great to hear opinions from people with ...
35
votes
4answers
9k views

How do spambots work?

I have a forum that's getting hit a lot by forum spambots, and of course the best way to defeat something is to know thy enemy. I'll worry about defeating those spambots later, but right now I'd like ...
35
votes
4answers
3k views

How can I find common misspellings for my domain name?

I'd like to register misspellings for my domain name, but I don't want to speculatively register a zillion "just guessing" forms. For example, this tool offers the following options in a Keyword Typo ...

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