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BurriedCreativitySerious Issues with Web ?
by on Apr 28, 2005 at 3:38:21 am

Hello Everybody,

I have just started with designing and really thrilled with the Power of Web. Though I am new to this field I have few OUT OF THE BOX questions in my mind ! So I feel COW is the best place to post them and get quick answers.

1)I am redeisgning my clients site! Initially the first designer didnt take any serious efforts to optimize it. Now my clients wants it redeisngned ! So if I put some efforts using Meta TAGS proper TITLES and PROPER Attributes for ALT then will it be helpful. I mean the site is online from last 2+ yrs. So will Search engine like Google, Yahoo , Alta Vista will re-Index it ?

2)About META TAGS : How much we can specify is there any specifc restriction? How to specify them? Like in only one huge line in NOTEPAD (PC) that user needs to scroll a lot horizontally or make few lines so that user need not to scroll.

3) Say i have a URL http://www.xyz.com/abc.html and i have removed that page from my directory. Its 404 ERROR. Is there any way that i can re-direct the user to another URL when he types the above mentioned (non-availble URL).

May be I think outside the BOX here..

Hope you understands my thinking.

Thnx. to all for taking time to read.

--BurriedCreativity


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Curtis ThompsonRe: Serious Issues with Web ?
by on Apr 28, 2005 at 3:46:05 am

hello...

i'll number my answers here as well...

1. typically they will re-crawl sites monthly to update their index, so you shouldn't have to worry about that. what you want to make sure you do is not delete pages that might be indexed as then they will end up as 404's when people visit (which is sort of your question for #3, which we'll get to)...but in general you don't want to delete a major section or page but rather change it to say "hey we've updated our site - update your bookmark and then click here to go to the new page"...or better yet, keep the same page urls in your new version.

2. you can either search our archives for discussions on meta tags (we've talked about them in the past) or you could get the basics here:

http://www.seologic.com/faq/meta-tags.php

keywords and description are the ones that you probably should care about the most...

3. yes. there are numerous ways, but typically these are done at the webserver level. depending on your isp hosting plan, you have a few options. the most likely case is that they are running apache, in which case they might allow you to control certain web functions via .htaccess files - with an .htaccess file, you can dictate a custom page for any type of web error (403, 404, 500, etc.). best thing to check on first is if the host for this site allows you to use .htaccess files (and if they are running apache to begin with - that's functionality that is apache-specific)...

sitruc


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BurriedCreativityRe: Serious Issues with Web ?
by on Apr 28, 2005 at 6:27:30 am

Thnx Curtis,

That was really helpful. I will be in touch with my clients host and get back to you in case i need your help.

Here are few META TAGS i found will you pls. explain is it necessary to use all these in my ALL Web Pages ? If no, which one should i use most of the time ?


























--Thank you..


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BurriedCreativityRe: Serious Issues with Web ?
by on Apr 28, 2005 at 6:33:23 am

Oh man ! Is it a MAGIC ? The META TAGS are vanished......


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BurriedCreativityRe: Serious Issues with Web ?
by on Apr 28, 2005 at 6:40:24 am

I Catch them.... LOL .. They are back here again..

META NAME="ROBOTS" content="all, index, follow"
META NAME="googlebot" content="archive"
META NAME="CRAWL" content="YES"
META NAME="rating" CONTENT="General"
META NAME="revisit-after" CONTENT="13 days"
META NAME="RESOURCE-TYPE" CONTENT="Document"
META NAME="DISTRIBUTION" CONTENT="Global"
META NAME="AUTHOR" CONTENT="YourwebSite.com"
META NAME="DEVELOPMENT" CONTENT=" Flash, Corporate presentations, Multimedia, Graphic Design, and websites"
META HTTP-EQUIV="SIPHON" CONTENT="OFF"
META HTTP-EQUIV="expires" CONTENT="Sat, 11 Sep 2010 09:00:00 CMT"
META HTTP-EQUIV="Pragma" CONTENT="no-cache"
META HTTP-EQUIV="Cache-Control" CONTENT="no-cache"
meta HTTP-EQUIV="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1"
META HTTP-EQUIV="Content-Language" CONTENT="en-GB"
META HTTP-EQUIV="Reply-to" CONTENT="xyz@xyz.com">
META NAME="CLASSIFICATION" content="Computers/Internet/Web Services/Web Design/Web Development/Programming/Internet Applications/ Flash Designing/ Art/ Cartoon"
META NAME="COPYRIGHT" CONTENT="Copyright 2004 - 2005
META NAME="revisit" content="13 days"
META NAME="publisher" content=" YourwebSite.com "
META NAME="publisher-email" content="youremail@hotmail.com"
META NAME="TAG" CONTENT="Copyright 2004 - 2005 - ALL RIGHTS RESERVED."
meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1"


I also heard about META Refresh TAG What it is exactly ?

-- thank you


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Curtis ThompsonRe: Serious Issues with Web ?
by on Apr 28, 2005 at 3:08:41 pm

hello...

i'm not going to break down what each tag does here, because that sort of information is readily available via google...like here, for example:

http://vancouver-webpages.com/META/metatags.detail.html

but to be polite and helpful to search engines (and therefore yourself), you would want keywords and description (as mentioned before). robot metas are for polite search engines, and most of the major ones are.

to attempt to eliminate caching of your pages (not good in most cases), you can use these:

META HTTP-EQUIV="expires" CONTENT="Sat, 11 Sep 2010 09:00:00 CMT"
META HTTP-EQUIV="Pragma" CONTENT="no-cache"
META HTTP-EQUIV="Cache-Control" CONTENT="no-cache"

you can set the character type of your page here (again not usually needed unless you have utf-8 content or the likes and need to explicity state that for the browser to know about):

meta HTTP-EQUIV="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1"

and the refresh tag will refresh your page to a different url after a specified amount of time...



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BurriedCreativityRe: Serious Issues with Web ?
by on Apr 29, 2005 at 3:37:14 am

Thnx. Curtis,

So do i need to create that Robots file ? And how to create it as am a non programmer ?

--thnx.


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Curtis ThompsonRe: Serious Issues with Web ?
by on Apr 29, 2005 at 3:39:24 am

hello...

i really wouldn't worry about it - it was meant to tell robots how to index your site and what you wanted them to see and not see...but the reality is that unless you have stuff you want to hide from engines, the only engines that would listen to it (the major ones) are probably the ones that you want to index as much of your content as possible. the ones you don't want or need won't bother following the robots.txt file anyway...

but that's just me...

sitruc


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BurriedCreativityRe: Serious Issues with Web ?
by on Apr 29, 2005 at 3:54:03 am

Hello Curtis,

Any other special precaution i need to take for optimization of site as a Web Designer as i have created the complete site in Photoshop not in Dreamweaer or FrontPage so i dont have much text in my site?

As this is my first project on Web so i am really excited abt. it & want to give it a full Blast and make my client really happy...


--Thank you.


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Curtis ThompsonRe: Serious Issues with Web ?
by on Apr 29, 2005 at 3:58:19 am

hello...

ya - the basics are don't have image maps for navigation (either images or text is fine), and in general keep in mind that flash and image content won't get indexed, meaning that if you go that route, all you'll have to rely on is your keywords and description meta tags...not as good. and don't try to hide text at the bottom of the page in the same color as your background...google, et al are reallly working to see through that sort of thing...

plain text is always better if you have a site that needs to show up high on search engines...

sitruc


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BurriedCreativityRe: Serious Issues with Web ?
by on Apr 29, 2005 at 4:06:03 am

Thnx a lot Curtis! Got a perfect direction to work !!! Great..


Once Again Tnnx..




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