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What topics can I ask about here?

Webmasters is a site for asking questions about operating and managing your own website. Questions here are commonly about, but not limited to:

  • Search engine optimization (SEO)
  • Domains
  • Web and email hosting
  • Internet marketing
  • Website management (e.g., analytics, ads, URLs, etc…)

To see other topics that are commonly covered, please view our list of popular tags. (Note: The existence of a tag does not necessarily mean it's on-topic. If you're unsure, you can always ask for confirmation on our Meta site).

Here are some topics that are either considered off-topic or better suited for other Stack Exchanges sites:

  • Recommendations for sites and resources -- Questions that ask for recommendations of external websites or tools attract lots of self-promotional and spam answers. Additionally, answers to such questions quickly become out-of-date.

  • Coding/programming -- Detailed questions about how to code something are usually a better fit for Stack Overflow where there are more programmers answering questions than on this site.

  • Advanced server administration -- Users over at Server Fault are much more likely to know the technical details on how to administrate servers. However, questions about web server configuration (e.g., URL rewriting, SSL, virtual hosting, running scripts, password protection, status errors, etc...), and control panels (which Sever Fault doesn't accept), are considered on-topic here.

  • Websites you don't own or manage -- If the question is about another site (such as Gmail or Facebook) and not about your own website, it's considered off-topic here. Web Applications would be a better place to ask those types of questions.

  • Software not related to running your website -- Super User is available for questions about how to use software in ways that are not directly related to running your own website.

  • Content management systems (CMSs) -- There are a number of other Stack Exchange sites specific to CMSs that might be better suited for advanced questions, or those unrelated to the on-topic categories listed at the top of this page. In that case, they might be migrated to one of the following sites: WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, Magento, etc… (Please consult the Stack Exchange sites page for a complete list)

  • Only could apply to your site -- If the answers to your question could only apply to your site and not others, or requires general website troubleshooting, it's probably not a good fit for Webmasters. For example, questions such as "What am I doing wrong here?" or "Please review my site" are typically considered off-topic since they're unlikely to help future visitors to this site.

Many topics are already covered by a question with a comprehensive answer, so questions asking nearly the same thing are marked as a duplicate of those. Some examples from the list of catch-all questions are:

For more help, see What types of questions should I avoid asking?

Please look around to see if your question has been asked before. It's also OK to ask and answer your own question.

If your question is not specifically on-topic for Webmasters Stack Exchange, it may be on topic for another Stack Exchange site. If no site currently exists that will accept your question, you may commit to or propose a new site at Area 51, the place where new Stack Exchange communities are democratically created.