Do Not Let Your Website Die!
By: Gail Notestine, Google Engage Professional
How would you like a crash course in what your web site needs to stay current?
While building our new mobile site, we learned many new things about site
building and the new requirements.
This article is the start of educating our friends and clients about the future
of websites. As we learn and implement the changes, in our own site, we will
also let you know what we are doing, so you can keep abreast of ever changing
If your website was built with a free web site editor, FrontPage, old HTML site
builders or if you built your own site, then many search engines and new
versions of browsers will no longer see your site!
You need to have your site upgraded...FAST!
Many formerly popular sites have sunk in rank, search placement and are not
being being seen the way that had been in the past.
It may be that they have been neglected and are using old code and have not kept
up with current technology.
2011 brought about dramatic changes in web site requirements. Everything from
HTML5 code, mobile requirements and SEO have been reinvented.
Websites must be built using html5's new tags, css and moving towards some kind
Technology has moved so fast, sites that were built just a year ago are now
Google, other search engines and new web browsers want your web site:
- to support HTML5,
- load in a fraction of a second
- to be error free
- meet all Google webmaster requirements.
If these criteria are not met, your site will fall by the wayside.
HTML5 is designed to describe the important parts of your web pages and make it
easy for it to be indexed, It is also the path to mobile technologies.
New Features of HTML 5:
- The video and audio elements for media playback
- Better support for local offline storage
- New content specific elements, like article, footer, header, nav, section
- New form controls, like calendar, date, time, email, url, search
For a page sample of what we are building, go to:
The Perfect Web Page
Study this page, it is a crash course in what you will need in your site.
Look at the source code and compare it to your own web site's HTML code (Click
Do you see any difference between your site's HTML code and ours?
Validate the code of our page here:
Now validate your web sites home page. After validating it the way it is, select
'HTML5' in the validation type and the validator will list what needs to be done
to your web site to make it current.
On our sample page notice:
The descriptive text we used to help you understand what we are doing
All HTML tag styles are defined in the CSS style sheet.
All tags are HTML 5 compatible. (Deprecated tags mark your site as old and
uncared for, thus Google and the other search engines will not index them.)
The new HTML tags help the search engines index your site's content properly.
The jQuery mobile data-role tags incorporated into the HTML5 tags. Sites are
now dynamic and your growth and effort must be in this direction.
Minimum of divs. Div tags are now going the way of frames - gone.
Call us for a fast conversion to modern code - please don't get left behind.
Ask for David or Gail