Stephen Ostermiller
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If ICANN only charges 18¢ per domain name, why am I paying $10?
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ICANN lists a set of qualifications that registrars must be able to perform. Among these are: Capabilities for registration and transfer of domains Requirements for security and scalability Backups ...

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How should I structure my URLs for both SEO and localization?
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There are many acceptable ways to structure your site for both SEO and internationalization. Each have advantages and disadvantages. Top Level Domains Buy the same domain name at multiple top level ...

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When webservers send a page, why don't they send all required CSS, JS, and images without being asked?
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The short answer is "Because HTTP wasn't designed for it". Tim Berners-Lee did not design an efficient and extensible network protocol. His one design goal was simplicity. (The professor of my ...

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Why do big sites use multiple servers instead of one server with better specifications?
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A single powerful server can only be upgraded so far. Once you have the most powerful server available, your site cannot grow more without splitting it between servers or making it more efficient. ...

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What is the difference between a URI and a URL?
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URL -- Uniform Resource Locator Contains information about how to fetch a resource from its location. For example: http://example.com/mypage.html ftp://example.com/download.zip mailto:user@example....

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What events caused mass migration to HTTPS?
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There are a lot of factors that went into it including: Browser and server technology for security with virtual hosts. You used to need a dedicated IP address per secure site, but that is not the ...

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How do I hide the Google Tag Manager preview pane?
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45 votes

From Previewing and Debugging in the Google Tag Manager help: Exit preview mode To exit preview mode from your container, click Leave Preview Mode, located in the orange banner on the ...

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Google .dev domain strangely redirects to https
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.dev domains are HTTPS only. It isn't a redirect. It is HSTS preload. HSTS is a technology that lets domains declare that they are HTTPS only. It is meant to mitigate against protocol downgrade ...

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Prevent Google from thinking my own bot is faking traffic on my website
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Google has no way of knowing when you hit your own site with your own bot. Google can't see anything that happens on your server. Even if you use Google Analytics, your bot won't show up in it. ...

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Is there a term for the moment when a lot of users visit/log onto your website at the same time?
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If it is caused by users all visiting from a news site, it is called the Slashdot effect or Slashdotting. Slashdot is one of the first internet news aggregators. When they posted a news article, it ...

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Why is this response being cached?
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When "Expires" and "Cache-Control" headers are not specified, but a "Last-Modified" header is specified, browsers have to guess at how long they should keep the document in cache. Some browsers do ...

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HTTPS connection is "not safe" due to images
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35 votes

Your image tags must currently look like: <img src="http://example.com/images/image.jpg"> That http in there means that the image is NOT served securely. An attacker could change the image ...

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Is inline JavaScript good or bad?
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On my currency conversion site, the majority of sessions are single page views. This is because users can do their currency calculation directly on the landing page (all the calculation is handled ...

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Why are extensions often hidden on URLs?
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There are several reasons to remove extensions from URLs: To make the URLs look cleaner To make URLs easier to type To make URLs easier to remember To make URLs more SEO keyword friendly To be able ...

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Are keywords in URLs good SEO or needlessly redundant?
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28 votes

Google doesn't put much (if any) ranking weight directly on the keywords that are in the URL right now. Any effects on SEO with or without them are caused indirectly through user interaction and ...

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Can DNS point to specific port?
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27 votes

DNS has no concept of ports for older protocols such as HTTP, HTTPS, and SSL. DNS only points to the IP address. The port to connect to for a particular service is determined by convention. For ...

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Should I create a 'Website coming soon' page for my recently-acquired domain?
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I don't bother with a "coming soon" page for a domain. It won't help SEO Search engines don't typically index coming soon pages, and even if they did, the coming soon page would only rank for the ...

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Ask Google to remove thousands of pages from its index after cleaning up from hacked site
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Google will automatically remove pages that now return a 404 status. They will get removed 24 hours after Googlebot next tries to crawl them. If you want to speed up the process slightly, return "...

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If I specify a wildcard DNS entry, will it override any specific values?
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The wildcard does not override any specific values. It acts as a catch-all. If there is no otherwise specified record, the wildcard record gets used. You can have both cheese.mycompany.com ...

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Is there a safe way to redirect traffic from a dozen old websites to a new (unrelated) website?
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You can't redirect your old sites without losing 90% of their value and risking a penalty on your new site. There usually isn't a huge cost to leaving old sites up and running. You could use them ...

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Why do browsers know to lookup the `www` record if DNS query for @ gets NXDOMAIN?
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Browsers generally have heuristics built in to add missing www. from domain names, but it isn't something you should rely on: Browsers typically have a setting to turn off this "www fix up."...

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Google Analytics - How to See More Detailed Browser and OS Info at Same Time?
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Google Analytics only allows two dimensions on standard reports at any one time. You are asking for a report with three dimensions (OS, Browser, Browser Version). Starting with the "Operating ...

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PageRank zero after a few years
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Google has stopped publishing PageRank publicly. The last time the Google Toolbar was updated with new PageRank data was December 2013. Google has said that it will never be updated again. If your ...

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Google Search Console is making up URLs which don't exist in my Sitemap and then complains that these pages have error
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Closetnoc is correct about sitemaps. Don't expect them to limit what URLs Google will crawl and index. In fact sitemaps have little to no influence over SEO. See The Sitemap Paradox Google won't ...

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Why might Google Analytics report a sudden, but persistent, drop in bounce rate (70% to 12%)
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I'd be willing to bet that your colleague implemented on-page events. By default Google Anaytics only measures page views. Bounces are defined as users who only view one page; even if that user ...

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Do subdomains help/hurt SEO?
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2007: Here what Google's Matt Cutts has to say about sub-domains vs folders: My personal preference on subdomains vs. subdirectories is that I usually prefer the convenience of subdirectories for ...

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How to calculate unique number of events, one event per user in Google Analytics?
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Another way of asking your question is: "How many users had at least one download during this time period?" You can use "segments" to answer this question. Create a segment only for users ...

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Need to add 30K new pages to a 10K page website - troubles ahead? (SEO)
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Google's Matt Cutts has addressed this via video: It’s a fair question. I think we can handle it either way, so we should be able to process it. But if we see a lot of pages or a lot of things ...

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Why is a link to www.example.software not working?
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A link like <a href="www.example.software"> is defined by the HTML/HTTP spec as a relative link. If you are currently on https://www.example.software/ it would result in the URL ...

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Massive 404 attack with non existent URLs. How to prevent this?
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I often see another site that links to tons of pages on my site that don't exist. Even if you are clicking on that page and not seeing the link: The site might previously have had those links The ...

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