Web Development Pet Peeve: This Site Best Viewed By …

It only takes a little looking around the web (even among professional web developers) to find the words “This site best viewed by…” emblazoned somewhere for all to see (as if it were something to be proud of.) A quick Google search shows several hundred million results. This particularly abhorrent practice is a major pet peeve of mine. It means that someone was too lazy to do their job properly and probably got paid for it anyway. That’s just wrong.

There’s also the implication that any site visitor not using the specific browser, browser version, or screen resolution listed as “acceptable” by this particular wannabe webmaster (or better yet, “webfailure”) just deserves whatever garbage comes out on their screens. You’d think that no one else had ever heard the story of The Emperor’s New Clothes.

I keep trying to imagine what day to day life would be like if this practice were adopted by any other industry. Can you imagine a television station that advertised the best brand of television on which to watch their broadcast and was unconcerned by the fact that their signal was blurry or unwatchable on any other brand? Can you imagine a sign outside your local grocery store that said, “This parking lot best used by Toyota Camrys, 1995 or later, 2-door, not 4-door.” Tell me you wouldn’t want to stick some massive, old RV across 14 of those parking spaces and dare anyone to say a word.

People, the time has come to end this practice once and for all! There have been efforts and all-out campaigns to do this before, but they’ve had very little success. I have a plan that I think could be pretty effective. I call it my “Many Happy Returns Plan.” It goes like this:

  • Everyone starts contacting the real owners of these sites and telling them to get their money back. It’s clear that the person they paid to do this was either too incompetent to do it properly or too lazy to finish the job. They should get their money back to pay someone else who knows what the heck they’re doing. It’s only fair. I think that a few well-publicized lawsuits would end this particular trend in laziness.

It really comes down to this, the only time that you should see the words “This site best viewed by…” on a website is if they’re followed by the words “…anyone in any browser they prefer.” If you don’t know how to do this, ask, search the web, learn, find out. Don’t just stick some piece of garbage site up and charge a client for it. In the immortal words of Captain Jean-Luc Picard, “Make it so.”

The Role of SEO in Web Development With JavaScript

With the ever growing and evolving nature of the internet and the different websites you find online, it is expected to come across with a number of mixed messages along the way. One of the longest debated topics when it comes to the role of search engine optimization in web development is whether or not using JavaScript is a great idea when optimizing a website for search engines.

The online crowd is divided – some people firmly believe that Java should not be used at all, while others think that using JavaScript is essential and contributes a lot to the overall success of a website. If you are one of the many who is considering whether to use JavaScript on your website or not, this article will help you clear your head and let you see both the good side and the bad side of using Java and how it relates to search engine marketing.

One of the main reasons why a lot of website developers and web designers are big on JavaScript is its being simple and providing a lot of options for the website owner – Java is a relatively simple programming language that will let you create several web effects that is impossible for traditional HTML to do. On top of that, using Java in a website also provides a great solution to the common problem of code bloat.

Code bloat is a situation where the size of an HTML file used for a certain web page reaches its threshold, usually the limits set by the different search engines. When your website or even just a single web page on your website goes beyond the specified limits of codes, you will be penalized with a lower ranking in the results pages which is not good news.

On the other side of the fence however, a lot of web developers also think that applying Java will only harm your rankings simply because it makes it harder for the search engine web spiders to crawl on your website for indexing. Search engine crawlers already have a lot of ground to cover these days and crawling through overwhelming volumes of JavaScript codes makes it very hard for them to find what they are looking for.

Search engine crawlers look for keywords and relevant text and information in your website before it gets indexed and ranked, and if you have lots of JavaScript embedded within your website the crawlers will have a hard time figuring out if your website is relevant or not, thus harming your SEO strategy.

All things considered, using Java will not make or break your SEO strategy. As long as you have your online marketing strategy all planned out, you will not have a hard time deciding whether to use JavaScript or not.

Few Free Tips About Your Website That Your Web Developer Hasn’t Told You

Originally this article was prepared by me for the members of US MTV portal. But as I started to go deeper and deeper – I have decided to publish it here.

A dear slave of the mystical sounds of Music:)

I am a web designer and website developer with more than 8 years experience and would like to share few free tips about your websites that your web developer hasn’t told you.

It doesn’t matter how much money you have invested in the development of your website (some people could even retire for those amounts). If it doesn’t show in the 1st page of Google when people are looking for you – you have wasted your money, time and energy.

For example, I personally know a guy who invested 50k euros in his dream business, but didn’t succeed just because his website wasn’t found in the 1st pages of search engines (he went bankrupt after some time without getting any clients and almost no visitors in his website).

Statistics (for an average keyword) – #5 place in Google gives you approx. 6000 unique visitors a month, and #1 place (don’t think so high though) gives more than 50000 unique visitors a month the same time as # 54 will give you max 2 visitors a day (and i am not saying they even will be unique ones).

The only thing you can do – find a reliable company (and I am meaning RELIABLE company not some guys you know) who will do search engine optimisation for you, but:

  1. make a contract – what they promise (ranking in the 1st page of Google after your keywords, quality backlinks, time period etc.)
  2. do not pay more than 30% upfront – before the job is done. If they refuse – there are 100-s of good SEO firms out there who will accept these terms. Show them the money (30%) and they will agree;)
  3. write down all the information the SEO firm has requested and provide it as soon as possible.
  4. When You make a contract with SEO firm – do not agree for monthly payments – you should go only for 1 fixed payment for this particular job – they should get you in the 1st page of Google (do not forget the main reason you went to them – as they will try to sell more services to you as all the businesses do).
  5. And say to them – You want the work to be dome MANUALLY (very important point as using different systems can and will do the opposite). Remember – bad seo firms and especially IT students do not work manually (and they will try to pursue you that that is the best and cheapest way for a top place in Google – don’t go for it).

It may sound harsh, but remember – the reality is that 97% of all the websites (good or bad) are not functional, just because they are not having any visitors. And that is the fault of website owners – if you see something is not as good as planned – change the service provider or loose the money and your future possibilities.

This is never about the thing how nice or smart seems the website developer – it is always about your site – it has to bring you more fans and make you money…

Hopefully this will help You,

Helmuts from Maidstone, Kent, UK

p.s. if you have any questions about this matter – feel free to ask me and I will try to answer

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