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Does “putting Javascript at the bottom” defeat the purpose of document.ready?

I know that it is recommended to put Javascript at the bottom of the page, but if I'm using jQuery doesn't this defeat its purpose to run as the DOM is loading? If I have a dropdown menu, for example,...
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Blogger and Google App hosting at naked domain using 1&1

My web hosting is through 1&1.com. I'm trying to set up both blogger and Google Apps mail at the naked domain. I was able to get blogger set up on the www. version of the site by simply creating ...
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Are there services that specialize in converting design into layout?

Are there reasonably-priced services that will take a PSD design concept that was created by a local designer and generate at least a first take on decent HTML? I know what I want (content-first, ...
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Are there any online tools that can help me find problems with my website?

I can run lots of performance tools on my server, but what is with problems that are only visible from the outside? Are there any tools that can help me with this?
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1answer
610 views

How to make a printer-friendly version of a webpage?

What solutions or techniques exist for offering users a printer-friendly versions of a webpage?
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12answers
44k 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?
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4answers
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How can I create an SPF record on my 1and1.com hosted domain?

Emails from my domain (hosted at 1and1, and using Google Apps Premier edition) have sporadically been going to recipients' spam folders lately. I did some research, tested, and found out that I do ...
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3answers
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Porting a Flash site to non-Flash site

I have many clients with Flash interfaces that they like quite a bit. But these things don't work on many (most?) mobile devices. This is a two part question: If I get access to the original .fla ...
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2answers
1k views

How to use rel='canonical' properly

I have 3 URLS that serve the same data: www.example.com/product/foo www.example.com/product/foo?id=1 www.example.com?product=foo For Google's sake I want the URL www.example.com/product/foo to be ...
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5answers
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Is it bad to develop against production data?

I've always heard that it is bad practice to develop against production data and am currently in the process of moving to a Dev>Stage>Production model, mainly because I have a new employee with ...
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How can I work out the reasons for someone else's site's search engine ranking?

On one search term I have, there is one particular site with very low quality content, and yet their search engine ranking is always number one, with my site usually at position three. How can I go ...
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Realtime HTTP notifications using Google Analytics when user views my page?

(I copied this question from stackoverflow.com, maybe someone here has the answer?) I was wondering if its possible with Google Analytics to send real-time HTTP notifications to say PHP when a user ...
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3answers
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What does Avg Position from Google Webmaster really mean

I have a website I am tracking on Google's Webmaster tools. When I look at the Search queries page it shows me a graph of Impressions and clicks per day. Underneath that there is a table showing ...
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Is the integration of social media useful to “used book trading” website?

I am at the moment building up a web application made for people to buy and sell used book. The personn for which I am doing the website keeps talking to me about integrating social media features. I ...
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Recommendations on how to auction a domain name

We've a domain name that's okay, though hardly brilliant, that we no longer need. How would you go about auctioning or selling it? Has someone a recommended site where to put it up? I'm assuming ...
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We changed our URL and our impressions dropped almost 100%

The company I worked for changed their domain about a month ago and updated the URLs for all of the pages. We mostly removed the .aspx from the ends and decreased the depth of many of our pages. We ...
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2answers
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If I have a page that gets a lot of StumbleUpon traffic, will that traffic fall if I move it?

Say I have a page that gets a lot of traffic via StumbleUpon. It's an ancient page, and I might want to move it to another site as part reorganizing my old site. I intend to keep the content identical,...
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6answers
5k views

When does a website require a privacy policy and/or terms of use?

I am curious to know if every website should have a privacy policy and/or a terms of use page. What are the legal implications if a site doesn't have them? Are there certain categories of websites ...
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3answers
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Do I have to pay for advertising to get my site known?

If your site isn't going to show up in the search engines until people start linking to you, and no one is going to link to you until they know your site exists ... which will be when the search ...
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2answers
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When should “domain hacks” like del.icio.us be used for most sites?

While it's fine for sites aimed at more advanced, I find a lot of non-technical people tend to just add www and .com to every domain, so for example, my dad would type that in as www.del.icio.us.com. ...
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2answers
660 views

How many domains to split components across?

I understand how splitting components across domains can maximize parallel downloads, and enable you to have cookie-free static content domains, but since there's a time cost for each domain lookup ...
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1answer
263 views

Far Future Expire Headers

Do you use these? If so, what strategies do you have for managing changes to the files? http://developer.yahoo.net/blog/archives/2007/05/high_performanc_2.html
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How can WordPress be used for other types of websites besides blogs?

WordPress has been primarily a blogging tool from the start. But recent releases have been very customizable and extensible, especially 3.0. What other purposes could WordPress be used for, besides ...
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Wordpress - Going from categories to tags

I have some aging Wordpress blogs where I made the mistake of creating way too many categories (50+ in some instances). This was, in part, due to the fact that tagging was not yet available in ...
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What is the most effective way of deploying a website?

I am aware of a few ways to deploy websites: FTP Export from source control Base the site on a source control checkout I can see some upsides and downsides of each. Is there any consensus on the ...
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Are there any downsides to starting a domain name with a digit?

In response to my domain name suggestion on meta, Kris said: Something about having a domain name begin with a digit just feels ... off to me. Does it affect site ranks on search engines? Do you ...
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1answer
969 views

Why would I choose UTF-8 over ISO 8859-1 as the content encoding for my site?

Assume that the site is still in it's design phases so there's no initial work to pick one over the other from the start.
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1answer
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Apache rewrite rules for development workstation and server

I've got developers editing pages for several sites on a WAMP stack and then uploading to the public servers running LAMP stacks. We're pretty happy with it, but we have this minor annoyance: we can't ...
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Can you recommend ways to manage code deployment to a Linux based web server? [closed]

I've always used a very simple bash script to deploy code. I'm moving away from using subversion to Mercurial but I don't really think the revision control software matters for deployment. What are ...
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1answer
197 views

What is the benefit of using Google Analytics' asynchronous tracking code compared to the non-asynchronous code?

What, specifically, does the asynchronous code accomplish or allow that the older code does not?
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1answer
184 views

My shared-host tells me that they're throttling my website because of MySQL, what can I do?

My shared-host tells me that they're throttling my website because of MySQL, what can I do? I'm not familiar enough with performance tuning of MySQL, generally MySQL just works for me. What questions ...
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How can I make my flash website more search engine friendly?

I've got a website where just about all the content is in a flash movie. Is there anything I can do to improve my search engine ranking or make my content more indexable?
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1answer
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Are there other “approval” services for other email providers, like SenderID for Hotmail?

This question comes from: How to avoid Hotmail/Live rejections for (legit) large volume eMailing? I never knew about this for Hotmail and I'm wondering if there are similar services for Google, Yahoo ...
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Which DNS registrars will hide my WHOIS information? [closed]

Whilst browsing this question, some of the answers mentioned that certain registrars will replace your whois information with their own. Can anybody provide details on which registrars offer this ...
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How to allow custom domains from end-users?

This is one of the things that has interested me for awhile, and I know that the service I am developing would greatly benefit from this. Various sites (Ning, Tumblr, Wordpress, etc) allow users to ...
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Is there any benefit of Google Analytics asynchronous tracking code if it isn't placed in the <head>?

I'd like to go to the asynchronous Google Analytics script, but I'd rather not have it in the head (even though I know this is best practice). So, is there any benefit of using the async code if it ...
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Is there any way to really ban people from a website?

Suppose you have a user who is posting really offensive stuff on your website and so you ban them from your site (let's suppose your web app has a way to mark that user account as banned so they can't ...
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Free spam blocker service [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I prevent spam on sites which I control? Is it possible to get a free and good spam blocker for your website? I would really like to avoid having to serve CAPTCHAs to ...
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Are true MicroSites worth the increased effort over pure Landing pages?

I am building a shopping site and want to know if building true MicroSites, with multiple target pages has any advantage over a series of landing pages. Would I suffer from any type of link dilution ...
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Keeping your text entry fields secure

I've noticed over the past few days someone has been entering text like the following into my comment fields : <a href="http://www.distritofederal.df.gov.br/003/00301009.asp?ttCD_CHAVE=101732&...
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How can I hide whois information?

Is it possible to hide ownership of a domain, so i won't show up on whois searches for domains I own, even if you know where to look?
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1answer
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What is the source of google webmaster tools' data?

Where does google webmaster tools get all it's data from? Is it paired with google analytics etc or is it purely crawlers and searches it display?
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1answer
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Are there standard advertising banner sizes?

I'm designing a new site and for the first time I want to incorporate 3rd party advertising. I haven't chosen an advertising partner yet. Are there standard banner sizes I should be designing for?
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How to avoid Hotmail/Live rejections for (legit) large volume eMailing?

While qualifying eMail for Spam, Hotmail/Live checks the historical records of numbers of eMails sent by a sender (FROM, eMail Server, IP, etc.). Some times, perfectly valid bulk eMails that are not ...
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Can missing anchors be logged?

If I have a broken link it gets logged with a 404. If I have a link to an anchor and the anchor is missing, I don't get an entry in the log. How can I find those broken anchor links, especially if the ...
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Control over the Internet Archive besides just “Disallow /”?

Are there any mechanisms to control what the Internet Archive archives on a site? I know to disallow all pages I could add: User-agent: ia_archiver Disallow: / Can I tell the bot that I want them to ...
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How do I prevent Google from serving a cached version of my site?

From what I understand I can tell Google to remove pages from their archive if I add the header: <meta name="ROBOTS" contents="NOARCHIVE" /> But won't this also remove the page from search ...
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Helping search engines identify what a blog post is about via tags

I was thinking about implementing a tagging system for my blog to attach one to five tags to each blog post. Are there any tricks to help search engines identify that these are tags though and that ...
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Using Adsense as a SEO tool - does the adsense bot have the same understanding as the normal web crawler?

I make valid (X)HTML documents that are also semantically correct. I try to use all tags as they were intended and this has yielded good results as far as my placement in Google and other search ...
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Will link exchange with similar sites improve my PageRank?

I have a programming blog and I was wondering if link exchange with other programming blogs (where I link to them and they link to me) is a good idea to improve my site's PageRank. I know in ...

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