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burriedcreativity
04-28-2005, 04:41 AM
Hello Everybody,

I have just started with designing and really thrilled with the Power of Web World. 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 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 out side the BOX here :o ..


Thnx. to all for taking time to read.

--BurriedCreativity

gmcrone
04-28-2005, 05:07 AM
1. Meta tags, alt tags, etc
They are important as yes the major search engines will re-index your site.
You may want to re-apply to these search engines to re-index your site after you clean it up.

2. Meta Tage size
I believe the current resriction is 256 characters.
I recommend you go to Macromedia Dreamweaver Exchange and download "meta Tag Generator"

3. Create a web page abc.htm and put a meta refresh in it to re-direct to another page.

Mike...

Coober
04-28-2005, 06:31 AM
Take a look at this site:

http://searchenginewatch.com/webmasters/ ('http://searchenginewatch.com/webmasters/')

It has some good details about Meta tags (and basically suggests that they are not worth using).

Coober

burriedcreativity
04-28-2005, 07:40 AM
Thnx. gmcrone for your reply.

Will you pls. explain in details abt. that Meta Refresh Tag which can be used to redirect links.

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 ?

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"

--Thank you

gmcrone
04-28-2005, 03:12 PM
This is the meta refresh re-direct code


<META http-equiv="refresh" content="5;URL=http://www.yourpage.htm">

The "5" in the above means that the re-direct will happen in seconds, change to your needs.

Meta tags :

Here is what I use on one of my sites:
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1">
<meta name="keywords" content="Colour on the web, Color, Typography, CSS">
<meta name="description" content="Learn how to use colour, typography and CSS to design web sites.">
<meta name="copyright" content="2005 Enorc.com">
<meta name="robots" content="all">

You don't have to have meta tags but, search engines will read and use your keywords and description as there listing. The robots in the meta tag and a seperate robots.txt file tells web spiders which pages they are allowed to cache.

Mike...

burriedcreativity
04-29-2005, 04:40 AM
thnx Mike,

So do i need to create Robots file ? And how to create it will you pls. explain as i am a non programmer ?

Thank you.

burriedcreativity
04-29-2005, 04:57 AM
Hello Mike,

One more question here !

Any other special precaution i need to take for optimization of my 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. :P ..


--Thank you.

gmcrone
04-29-2005, 05:11 AM
robots.txt is a text file you upload to your websites root directory.

Here is an example of one:

User-agent: *
Disallow: /_mmServerScripts/
Disallow: /cgi-bin/
Disallow: /entropybanner/
Disallow: /images/
Disallow: /mail/

Allows all robots to index entire site except subdirectories with disallow

As to your question on optimizing your web site.

Textual content is what search engines look for. They do not count images as content.
You will have an extremely hard time getting any page ranking at all without text content.

Mike...