SEO and Web Development: Pros and Cons of Sitemap.xml

When designing the architecture and navigational structure of a web site, a sitemap can be extremely helpful. A sitemap can keep the navigation links organized by category, predict how any dynamic links will function, and keep the framework under control. Web developers are not the only parties involved in the process who can benefit from a well-structured sitemap. Many search engines, including Googlebot, can crawl through an XML file that contains the sitemap data to crawl and index the site's...
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Custom HTML, CSS and jQuery website template!

In this article we're going to design and implement a unique page layout. Our main logo and navigation bar will be locked and fixed onto the left side of the screen, and the larger right side of the screen will be scrollable and hold our main content. Before we start, check out the demo here. Ok, now that you've seen it, let's get started! Our first step will be to set up our sticky sidebar. Sidebar HTML ... Here's the HTML we'll use, place this right under your <body> tag: <div class="sidewrap">...
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SEO and Web Development: 5 HTML5 Tags for SEO

The advent of HTML5 has created a new set of opportunities for web developers and site architects. The new system has also forced those unfamiliar with its origins to reassess how they view their site design, especially when it comes to questions of search engine optimization. How will HTML5 interact with the current search engine spiders, such as Googlebot and Bing, and how will those crawlers evolve in this dynamic environment? New Content Tags ... One of the biggest new features in HTML5 is the new...
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CSS for Twitter-Like Hover Effects

Here's a cool CSS technique that we can use to give a hover effect to a group of divs, and then an additional effect to the element being hovered on! Twitter uses this effect with their sharing links on a tweet. When you hover over an individual tweet, the reply, retweet and favorite links appear, like this: But then when you place your cursor over one of the links, it becomes underlined, while the others remain revealed, but not underlined, like this: In this example we'll create the same effect. We'll use...
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Keeping Your Site Up To Speed With Speedy Gonzales

Speed. It’s an important factor in the recent Olympics, the Paralympics and even our day to day lives. Speed is also an important factor when it comes to Google. Their ethos concerns the provision of accurate, relevant search results delivered as quickly as possible to the user. To quote their Webmaster Guidelines: “Monitor your site's performance and optimize load times. Google's goal is to provide users with the most relevant results and a great user experience. Fast sites increase user satisfaction...
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Python and Web: Building Dynamic Web Forms in Web2Py from Ground – Part III

Welcome to the third and final tutorial in the series of creating dynamic web forms using Web2Py. In the second tutorial of this series, we talked about editing/updating/deleting the submitted form records as well as management of those records using an ingenious function named SQLFORM.grid(), which allowed us to import and manage our form records in a pre-built environment having security features enabled. In this third, and final tutorial of the series, I would like to shed some light on how multiple...
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Optimize Your WordPress Site to Load Faster

Compared to other platforms, WordPress is pretty fast. However, we can still make it run even faster. A fast loading WordPress site not only gets love from people, but also from Google. Here we look at 4 useful optimization tips that you can implement right now and get your site running faster than ever before. 1. Optimize Your Database ... Your MySQL database tables should be cleaned regularly. These tables are sure to have some clutter in time and this has a direct impact on the load times of your WP site....
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Create Custom Username RSS Feed Using PHP

So, you built a website with an amazing strength of potential for millions of internet aficionados to venture, read information, blog, whatever --and maybe make you a few pesos in the big scheme of things. There is a simple, yet powerful tool to gain traffic through: RSS. RSS means Really Simple Syndication. To syndicate just means gather all the information in once place, where people can subscribe via their web browser, to an article list. But, the words "really simple" on the programming side, are...
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