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Should I replace fillable PDFs?

Normally, I recommend replacing fillable PDFs with regular web forms I think overall, yes, that would be the ideal solution, but you noted some of the the issues with this, which includes how to ...
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Should I replace fillable PDFs?

You could try to force downloading of the PDF, so that it opens in the default application for viewing PDF files instead of the browser. See this question: How do I force files to open in the browser ...
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Should I replace fillable PDFs?

There is no standard practise. You'll have to re-think your process: Why do your customers have to fill out PDFs in the first place? Do you just need structured data from the customer? Who needs the ...
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Is it considered spam to set "From: " header to the user's email in a contact form?

Using the user's email address as the 'from' address in a form notification email is not a good idea because it will trigger many spam filters due to a "spoofed" sender. There are two systems which ...
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Is it good practice to include alt tags on all images

All images embedded on page using <img> require an alt="" attribute regardless if its UI purposes or actual page content. The only exception is for images that have no value to the page, but you ...
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Is combining / concatenation of CSS and JS technique considered deprecated?

It is still a good thing to do. Requesting files one by one adds extra delays like time to send the request and time to first byte (for each different request), which when all added together can ...
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Keyword stuffing? What is the SEO impact of adding company name to all Title and Description Tags?

I was also curious about this, and I found from the moz blog that it depends on the factors below: Brand Strength: Popular brand names in titles almost always perform better than unknown brands, even ...
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URLs: Should I use hyphens, underscores or plus symbols?

What's better for search engines? Doesn't matter. What does matter is: What's better for users? A modern search engine shouldn't rely on strange rules of what is a word separator and what is a word ...
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What is the best way to exclude bots from view counts?

My approach involves two passes: Filter only web browsers and consoles by matching the start of the user agent string with Mozilla|Opera|PSP|Bunjalloo|wii. Thanks to the user agent spoofing this ...
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Keyword stuffing? What is the SEO impact of adding company name to all Title and Description Tags?

It is best practice to add your brand name to the end of the title tag. In fact, if you don't have your brand in your title tags Google will rewrite your page titles for you to add your brand name ...
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Suggestions for tracking a MediaWiki wiki with Git version control?

It's a good impulse, what you're trying to do. You just need to scale back your expectations about what all gets tracked by Git. Because LocalSettings.php is the main thing, you definitely want to ...
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email address best practices for no reply?

There is, of-course, no single correct answer here. Ignoring that noreply email addresses are not a good look I would argue - [email protected] is likely to be MORE deliverable then ...
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Is there any SEO benefit to placing testimonial text inside a heading element?

Short answer: No, there isn't, and in fact it might be a detriment. Longer answer: You're asking the wrong question. Bear with me for a moment here :) Google does its best to understand your site ...
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Is it OK to give status 404 to unauthorized users?

Are you talking about when the user has not yet logged in? If the user has not yet logged in, then: From Celada in response to a closely related question Should I use a 404 or a 403 error for secure ...
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What is the best way to exclude bots from view counts?

You can use an image as a counter, in this case it won't count bots and page name is passed as a query with image name I'm using this at img.php which update page view in database: <?php $xnt = $...
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Changing page's subject year-to-year

Google will make up a title that seems to make sense. You actually have a few problems. 1] The title tag is too long. While there have been changes lately, generally, you can manage how a title ...
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Why do websites openly state that some links are affiliate links?

In US, at least, it is a required by Federal Trade Commission to inform visitor that a link is an affiliate link. https://www.ftc.gov/tips-advice/business-center/guidance/ftcs-endorsement-guides-what-...
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Why do websites openly state that some links are affiliate links?

I expect that it is all about trust. Obviously lots of websites earn some money from either affiliate links or advertising and while most do not make any mention of this it is not a bad idea to be ...
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Why do websites openly state that some links are affiliate links?

I can't answer about laws, but some of us are transparent in our affiliations and other issues. It builds trust. I run a web hosting business and learned a lot from my early days when I was with ...
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Remote CDN: Pro's and Cons of grouping CSS and JS

Grouping JavaScript and CSS has several advantages. Smaller size: HTTP gzip compression is applied per request. When multiple JS or CSS resources are in the same request, commonalities between them ...
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H1 tag solutions for the main page

Dont worry about forcing the H1 to be the company name. Google will do just fine deducting this from the content, domain name, and page title. H1 should define content. Additionally make sure to only ...
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Is AMP suitable for a non-periodical website?

I asked myself the same question a time ago and decided to create several sites only in AMP. They had different content (static, blog, forum...). In general, I achieved better user metrics (time on ...
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Designing for Firefox ( / accomodating for its bugs)

Firefox works quite fine in my experience, however, sometimes it can be overzealous in it's markup. So what you are describing as something that doesn't work, may most probably be not an error on the ...
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Is combining / concatenation of CSS and JS technique considered deprecated?

At the rate that HTTP/2 adoption is growing (almost 30% of the top 10 million websites as of July 2018), I wouldn't put much effort into it. HTTP/2 frees you from having to deal with that sort of ...
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Should I replace fillable PDFs?

Even if you force users to download a PDF instead of opening it directly, you have no control over what program they use to open it (for security reasons). Others have mentioned DocuSign (or similar),...
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Can I wrap header, main, and footer HTML tags in divs for SEO?

It's perfectly acceptable to wrap these elements in divs, as far as SEO. As far as best practices, it's also fine to use divs like this as long as those divs serve a structural or stylistic purpose. ...
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Can I wrap header, main, and footer HTML tags in divs for SEO?

Google doesn't care how you structure your HTML tags. As long as you use a <title> tag, appropriate meta tags, and link with <a href=""> tags, little of your HTML is going to ...
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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?

There is no inheritance. RFC 6376 §3.6.2.1: All DKIM keys are stored in a subdomain named "_domainkey". Given a DKIM-Signature field with a "d=" tag of "example.com" ...
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If all links on my site open in new tabs, will it affect analytics or SEO?

These days, most of the traffic is from mobile. When links open on new tabs, a user has to switch tabs to come back to the original page. Switching between tabs annoys most users. SEO or not, annoyed ...
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Best practice of redirects of tempory pages (joboffers)

Best practice is to go with the rich 404 pages, not the redirects. My client says he gets the Google Search Console warning: Increase on 404 pages on clients website. That warning is designed to ...
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