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Getting usability issues in Google Search Console for the responses of API calls

Today I found an error that appeared in GSC recently. The URL of the affected page is not a page actually. That’s a example.com/api/v2/getcurrentuser API call that the JS is requesting to retrieve ...
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Discus comments cause “clickable elements too close together” in Google Search Console mobile usabality report

I just got an email from Google that they found some problems on my site: clickable elements too close together Content wider than screen I fetched problematic URLs as Googlebot and noticed that it ...
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Web standard/convention for light/dark themeing of a website? [closed]

The option to switch between a light and a dark theme is getting more and more popular. However, every site implements this feature differently. It could be useful for power users to have a global ...
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How should I construct a site so that the URL is meaningful for the user and Big Internet Search Engine? [closed]

A URL can be descriptive but, how do I make the most of it so that it is meaningful for both users of my site and for Big Internet Search Engine when it comes along?
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Semantically correct URL structure vs. user experience

I have spent some time on SEO, recently, focusing on site architecture and domain URL structure. Logically, they go hand in hand. Through the many contradictions, the two consistent theories are: ...
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Adsense rejects my blog for difficult site navigation [closed]

My blog is getting rejected for two things: Insufficient content Difficult site navigation How can I resolve this problem with difficult site navigation?
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Is having a letter “z” in your (short) domain a bad idea?

I recently found this post posted by WhoAPI in 2013 and as you scroll down, at the bottom you'll find a section talking a part about letters in the domain: It goes so far that there is a general ...
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Chrome doesn't remember vertical scroll position of my website when reloading the page?

Chrome seems to remember the last vertical scroll position of most websites when reloading the page or going back to it from another page. However, it's not working on my site. The site is a fairly ...
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How to improve the Autosuggestion Google Maps

I have seen the following example of the Autosuggestion Google Maps feature https://developers.google.com/maps/documentation/javascript/examples/places-autocomplete?hl=en However, if I put a given ...
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Do we need RSS buttons?

Wait! Before you comment or answer – did you actually read the whole question? Did you notice that the question ends in the word "button" ? If this is how the question appeared to you: then please ...
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Is it bad for SEO to use a continue reading toggle?

Is hiding content (only showing the first 150 characters) to minimize scrolling on a webpage bad? If I Google this question I get results of things like: Is it bad to use read more links on the ...
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Content position Importance

I have a site which has just external news links, I also have a few sentences to describe the page. What is a good position for the page description in terms of UX and bots perspective? These are the ...
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AMP version of entire website

I read about Google's AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages) and I think it is a nice initiative. But I can't really determine the use of AMP for our website, since to me it seems more for article and product ...
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Bad to add external link in the navbar?

Is it considered a bad practice to have external links in the navbar of a website? In my case, I am thinking of selling some of my items on a new website that I previously sold on my current website....
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Google mobile usability errors

I received an email from Google saying my site has some mobile usability issues. The email said the following: We’ve found critical mobile usability issues in pages on my website. Mobile ...
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Can my heading contain a hyperlink? Does this violate usability or web accessibility principles?

Is it acceptable practice to hyperlink my headings (h2 etc.)? For example: Header X blurb … Header Y blurb … Does this violate usability principles? How about web accessibility/WCAG ...
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Can Google DFP email out reports with CSV attachments from pre-defined templates?

We have recently changed our advertising setup from OpenX over to Google DFP. One of the biggest headaches is setting up the automated reports with CSV attachments for our clients. There are TOO MANY ...
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Should notification messages be embedded in html or separate using jQuery?

I was originally thinking I could make a notification bar using jQuery. The downside is if someone has javascript disabled, they would never see the message. The upside is that the messages wouldn't ...
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Pipes or colons in HTML title tags?

Other than esthetics, are there any valid reasons to choose pipes vs colons in an HTML <title> tag, or vice-versa? Usability? SEO? Example: <title>Example.com | Top 10 list of stuff</...
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Best method to avoid link juice dilution when a page has lots of links

I have a page where there are say above 500 links. Most (484 of them) are all stacked in 2 table cells. They all point to a search result with each link showing a different search result. What is ...
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SEO perspective on non existent directory base in URL?

I'm wondering if there will be any SEO/readability/memorability benefit to using this kind of URL structure for my upcoming project: www.moviereviews.com/movie/name? Considering that /movie is not a ...
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Should I depaginate my webpages? What is the best usability? [closed]

My website is mostly a collection of things I've written, ranging from short to long; the very shortest are a large screenful and the very longest are the length of a short book. Most of the longer ...
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Search Result Organization

I'm creating an AJAX live search on a website I'm working on. Users will select values from a few dropdowns and a list of products will be returned based on what they select. Some possible fields ...
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When is it ethical/legal to use a service like luckyorange.com?

http://www.luckyorange.com/index.php While I know that tools like this might be tremendously useful for me as a site owner, as a user I would find it really creepy if a site recorded all my mouse ...
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Is there any research into error rates on websites?

My organization runs a reasonably large web application, which occasionally has errors (although not as often as you would think from dealing with bug duty). I was wondering if there is any research ...
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How to know if any website is using Google Website optimizer for A/B testing?

How to know if any website is using Google Website optimizer for A/B testing? By viewing a source code. For what to look into view source which confirms that site is using Google Website optimizer
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Bounce rate issues

I currently have a site which shows the best uk speaker deals and I am having bounce rate problems. The site simply allows the user to search for the best deals and then go to the provider’s site (...
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Which symbol should I use in the title: “|” or “-”?

So there are two way of writing a site's page title: Meow | Photo Magazine or: Meow - Photo Magazine Which one is better (for SEO and for users)?
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What can I do to increase my site's conversion rate?

I have a UGC site where I get some people from search. Most of them just leave, but I want to learn what to do to increase their conversion into community members. Is there any free software ...
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Why, on StackExchange sites, is the post title on the question page a link to itself?

It may look like a question for meta.stackoverflow.com, but I'd like to know if this decision has something to do with SEO or if this improve the user experience somehow. It's a link to the same page ...
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How can I obtain click data to sort a list of URLs?

If you had a list of URLs and you wanted to show which of them was more important than the others (by click-through), how would you gain the number of clicks for a given link so that you could sort ...
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Plain Text email support: Is it still needed in 2011?

For many years I have been building emails that get sent out by my webapps that are Multi-part with a text part & an email part to allow users of plain text only email clients to default to the ...
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Best way to let users enter 'infinity' in a html form

I have a form with a field "quantity" which can have the value "unlimited / infinity": Quantity: [ ] What would be a good way to let users enter "infinity"? Some ideas: 1) Tell the user that -1 ...
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Good tools to measure a page’s usefulness?

I'd like to add a "Was this page useful?" part at the end of multiple pages for visitors to rate the page and leave feedback. I could program this myself, store the data and make the reports that my ...
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1 touch zoom issue for mobile site on opera

I'm optimising my site for the web. For testing I've downloaded the Opera mini app for my iPhone and the Opera mobile desktop browser for my PC. Often when you click or touch a link, rather than ...
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Mobile device screen resolution statistics?

Are there any statistics (or an industry standard) for mobile device screen resolutions? I'm optimising a site for mobile. So far I've just used one media query and it works fine down to about 240px ...
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Most acceptable way to show hyper link file type to the web page user?

I want to show the user that a hyperlink links to a PDF file (or Word/PowerPoint etc.). Here are some methods I've considered: Farming Report (PDF) Farming Report (PDF, 52K) Alternatively, I'...
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Importance of custom 404 pages?

I've read in a few design blogs that it's important to design custom 404 pages, but why is this? Don't most users know what these are as you tend to end up seeing them from time to time. Also, if ...
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Targetting website users by consumer characteristics or by product qualities, which is more effective?

I develop a website (shermanbrothers.com) that sells products (gasp). I'm trying to figure out whether it's more effective to create navigation that target my users based on their general ...
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Do users resize text?

I'm redesigning a website. For certain content areas the layout is fine at my text size but screws up if I set the text any bigger. I often resize pages with Firefox, but the whole page resizes so the ...
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Using a hyphen in the domain name [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it better to put hyphens in a domain name ? I am looking to buy a domain where the obvious choices have already been purchased. Example: domaintest.com or domaintest.co....
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“Thank you for posting. Please stand by while you are redirected.” Needed?

Thank you for posting. Please stand by while you are redirected. If you are not automatically redirected, please click here. You're probably familiar with messages like these, especially ...
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What are some helpful and free UX tools for eye-tracking and mouse-tracking, etc

I am looking into ways to gain more insight for how people use the tools I build. Short of having a physical user group for a/b testing, are there some faster and cheaper solutions out there such as ...
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Should I combat link rot with redirects? Can it be done unintrusively?

I try to do my bit of keeping the web fluent by minimizing the amount of link rot affecting my own site. This means keeping track of local 404's and fixing them, as well as manually updating broken ...
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How do I get my users to love the intranet?

When designing an intranet for corporate use, what design practices should I follow that are different from those targeted to the internet/customer world? What kind of questions should I be asking ...
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What's the deal with all these popular website having poor usability [closed]

I'm wondering this for quite some time, and it's a question about human-computer interaction and usability. A lot of popular websites have (in my opinion) poor usability, and I wonder what you guys ...
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What are the different ways of making a Joomla! website mobile friendly?

I am involved in the development of a number of Joomla! websites and we would like to make these websites mobile friendly. I have done a bit of searching online and I can't seem to find any standard ...
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User registration usability vs security

What are cons and pros of the following: asking to repeat password asking to have a certain length-password asking to repeat e-mail address using captcha sending confirmation e-mail what do you ...
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How to get useful feedback/bug reports from users

I'm sure most webmasters have recived a mail like this: Creating [insert item here] is not working! When you check it out there is no general problem with the function but rather the user has ...
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Testing Silverlight Installation Experience

In my web app I use Silverlight. Since I already have Silverlight installed I cannot test how my webapp behaves in case a user has no Silverlight installed, or has old version of it, or their computer ...