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A best practice is a method or technique that has consistently shown results superior to those achieved by other means.

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How do I ensure my new 18+ topic website is classified and registered correctly and appropriately, for its 18+ content? [closed]

The situation and website A new (static) information website will refer to adult and sexual matters, but not contain explicit sexual material. So for example, it might mention in passing "Sexual ...
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Best practice of redirects of tempory pages (joboffers)

A clients website has a lot of joboffers (thousends), which when are filled go offline. I made 404 page specially for these joboffers with recommendations to other offers. My client says he gets the ...
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email address best practices for no reply?

right now my company structures our no reply emails like this: noreply@[subdomin].[domain].com (example: noreply@foobar.example.com) I want to know if something like this is acceptable: noreply_[...
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Suggestions for tracking a MediaWiki wiki with Git version control?

In my research I found that there seems to be no "single source of truth" for where to post MediaWiki questions. MediaWiki questions have been posted on these many Stack Exchange network ...
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Include a URL is in the page so JavaScript can access it without users viewing it

I have a media URL in each page from my database. I play the media with JavaScript code and I have to include it in my page so the JS cat get the media URL and play it. Is it OK to include the URL in ...
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Keyword stuffing? What is the SEO impact of adding company name to all Title and Description Tags?

I was recently asked by a client's SEO partner - who works for a small but reasonably reputed company - an to add a number of title tags and description tags (in SEOPress for a WordPress to a site I ...
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If all links on my site open in new tabs, will it affect analytics or SEO?

I'm working on a site where all links in the body of the pages open to a new tab. Generally I see external links open to a new tab but internal in the same tab. Wondering if this can still fall within ...
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How many areas is reasonable for areaServed schema?

I'm adding some schema to my site and was wondering about the areaServed property. Is this used for SEO in any way? If it is, is it good or bad to cram as much into it as possible? i.e. if I simply ...
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Do subdomains inherit DKIM keys? Can a DKIM SDID for one domain be used to validly sign mail that appears to be sent from another domain?

Suppose no DKIM keys are defined for sub.example.com, but a key with selector mykey is defined for example.com; that is, a DKIM record exists at mykey._domainkey.example.com in the DNS. Can <alice@...
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Can I wrap header, main, and footer HTML tags in divs for SEO?

I'm working on my brand new website and I'm trying to make it as optimized as possible mainly for SEO. In order to reach that goal, I'm trying to do best practices for it's hierarchy. My website is ...
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What are the best practices for creating email addresses on a domain and its subdomains? [closed]

I want to setup several applications on my own server, both having their subdomain. Until now, I had one generic email address generic@example.com for every purpose. I think this is a bad design, so I ...
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Should I point my domain to Cloudflare? [closed]

I have a couple of simple websites and my setup has always been like this: Point my domain's registrar to my web hosting (via name servers) Point my web hosting to my email provider (via DNS records) ...
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CTA Label: "Buy Now" vs "Buy PRODUCT NAME Now"

It seems for eCommerce CTAs, the most common label for buying products is "Buy now". From a marketing/SEO point of view it seems like the best option with highest CTR, but from an accessibility point ...
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Should I replace fillable PDFs?

I work for a company that has hundreds of forms in fillable PDF format on our website. We run into issues constantly because web browsers love to open PDFs in browser instead of opening the files in ...
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SEO best practices for domains in multiple languages [duplicate]

I have a domain https://www.understandmydreams.com (online dream interpreter) and I wish to expand the service to more languages. The content will be different in each language, not just simple ...
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Is storing common static pages in a database bad practice?

I am wondering whether it is bad practice to store commonly used standard static webpages such as the home page, 'contact us' page, login page, etc. in a database instead of as static files saved on ...
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Designing for Firefox ( / accomodating for its bugs) [closed]

I am a (reasonably) new web developer. As I've been getting more into testing / bug finding, I keep finding things that don't work on Firefox, exclusively. Often, when I've found a solution to one ...
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SEO impact of usage of many spacers/formatters/... class in HTML instead of in css static file

We're working on redesigning our full website, we have a critical impact on our business from SEO. We are trying to use a lot of formatters, spacers, etc classes from SASS like suggested by bootstrap. ...
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Is combining / concatenation of CSS and JS technique considered deprecated?

Google used to recommend webmasters to combine external CSS and JS files to improve the page speed. One of these pages was here: https://developers.google.com/speed/docs/best-practices/rtt#...
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Is AMP suitable for a non-periodical website?

I am working on a project to convert some documentation into a mobile-friendly form. The current documentation is outdated and is using MediaWiki, and the formatting is extremely unfriendly for mobile....
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Keep order status private from search engines?

I searched hard before posting this question. I apologize if it is a duplicate or if this is not the correct forum. We have a homegrown shopping cart website. We do not require shoppers to register ...
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Handling requests for deprecated RSS feeds

The site I run still gets pinged frequently by RSS readers and services, even though we deprecated support for those feeds over two years ago. The URLs currently return a 404. Are there any good ...
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H1 tag solutions for the main page

I know that the question has beed asked a lot but I'm asking for your advice and "best practices" on the real example. I know what H1 tag is but I'm always in trouble when it comes to the main / home ...
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Is it good practice to include alt tags on all images

… including decorative images such as navigation arrows and social media buttons? I understand that my "content images" should be alt-tagged appropriately. But should I be tagging decorative images ...
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Remote CDN: Pro's and Cons of grouping CSS and JS

I'd like to know the pros and cons of grouping external CSS and JavaScript files. The grouping method I'm referring to often seen by external libraries providers such as Google fonts and jsDelivr. ...
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Possessive form with nickname/name for a blog title

I am trying to find out whether it is a good idea to use the possessive form with a nickname. I am creating my personal blog, I am hesitating between the simple nickname/name form and the possessive ...
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Why do websites openly state that some links are affiliate links?

I have seen websites openly state that some of their links are affiliate links and that they will be earning a small commission each time someone clicks through their link and purchases. I am ...
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Is it considered spam to set "From: " header to the user's email in a contact form?

I developed a contact form on a client's website. When a user submits it, the client gets an email. Is it considered as spam (or against best practices) when emails sent from a website form have From:...
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Google Tag Manager Filters for View Home Page (Best Practice)

When using Google Tag Manager you have various tags, triggers and filters. If you want to use the Page View firing Trigger with a filter only for the home page which one is more politically correct: ...
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Changing page's subject year-to-year

I'm having a hard time thinking of the best terms to search for similar questions so please bear with me. We run a yearly "best X" contest where we nominate several to choose from and let readers ...
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Fix existing URLs to hyphenate run-on words?

Say I have a site listing Academy Awards whose URLs were built using run-on words. http://example.com/bestactress/2016 http://example.com/bestdirector/2016 http://example.com/bestpicture/2016 As a ...
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Best practice for temp directory used by MediaWiki?

This question appears to be related to File system permission for MediaWiki uploads? Tightening permissions has lead to "Error creating thumbnail" messages: MediaWiki has a page on the temp directory ...
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Is there any SEO benefit to placing testimonial text inside a heading element?

Is there any SEO benefit to placing testimonial text on a landing page nested inside of an <h3> element? For example: <div class="active item"> <div class="hero-...
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Canonical tag for pages requiring a starting form

I have a situation for which the standard canonical "prev" / "next" doesn't seem applicable. On the first page, I have a form which collects information from the user. After the form is submitted, ...
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How to redirect to a mobile site that doesn't have a 1:1 ratio to desktop site?

I have a desktop site with loads of old Flash games on it. Since there wasn't any way of easily porting that to mobile, I have a completely different mobile site with a different set of HTML5 content ...
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How to safely replace live site (without database) with staging site using Apache shared hosting?

I have a PHP website of around 20 pages without a database on shared hosting - it has quite a lot of forms and a significant amount of visits. I have a staging subdomain on the same server wherein I ...
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Is it best practice to exclude the pagination query parameter in Google Analytics?

Our site has 4 query parameters on site. They are all for the Blog section and only the pagination parameter can be added to another query parameter: Category Tag Author Pagination parameter ...
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Microdata: should I use Book or Product type scheme?

I'm developing a site for an antiques shop, specialized in rare and ancient books. Every page for each book will have a description sheet available with several data for the item. Descriptions ...
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SEO: Deindex member profile pages?

I have a forum where users can register and automatically a profile page is created, like here in Stackexchange. The problem with these pages is that sometimes users creates accounts at different ...
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Is it OK to give status 404 to unauthorized users?

In recent months I have come across several sites, which give a 404 status/error page, when there should be 403 or maybe 401. For example, I have a private repository on github.com with link: https:/...
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Best practices for domain names with foreign characters

Suppose you're starting a new web site with the (completely made up name) of "El Niño." Some obvious options for your domain name would be: elniño.com elnino.com And typically, of course, you'd ...
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How to reduce impact moving a website to a different server?

I have a website, hosted on a Shared Hosting plan at 1and1, and recently I've got a Virtual Server, because I aim to transfer the website to a bigger server. So the process I will be doing is: Copy ...
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How to fail in case of incorrect URI parameter?

What is the correct way to fail when the user provides a wrong or not applicable value for a query parameter? with a HTTP 406 Not Acceptable status code and a page describing the issue with a HTTP ...
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Translate URL query parameters

Just like it is always advisable to translate URL parts in order to internationalize a web site, is there any recommendation (W3C or such) regarding the translation of URL parameters (query strings)? ...
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GWT: Mobile usability issues: Resolving the "Content not sized to viewport" issue

Google Webmaster Tools (GWT) flagged this error on my client's responsive website. The errors exclusively appear on pages with large tables of data. The developers took a quick look and weren't able ...
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Price in page title?

Is it good or bad to include product price in page title? Page describes product, for example women's shoes. And price could be changed twice a year.
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How to hide a JavaScript popup for Googlebot?

I want to display a JavaScript popup when visitors access my website, however I believe Google will decrease my rankings when they detect a popup. So, is there any way to hide a JavaScript popup for ...
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SEO best practices for image based web sites [duplicate]

How should I optimize an image based web site (art gallery, www.cavalet.bg ) to improve the SEO rank for a specific key word (in this case the bulgarian word for paintings - картини)? The truth is I ...
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Similar Product Pages and Properly Using Canonical Property

I have several products on my website that I am trying to decide if I should use the URL Canonical property on. The reason is because several of the pages will have very near identical information on ...
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Repeating product category in product title

I am wondering if there are any benefits or drawbacks to repeating a product category in the tile of the product? For example: Let's say I sell "light bulbs", on the product category page where all ...
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