Finding the Best Web Hosting Companies Part XIII: Optimizing HTML

mainimageI am sure many will argue that this topic has little to do with Web hosting and yet, if a site is poorly coded, a Web browser will have a hard time reading it. Too many lazy webmasters blame their host, when the issue is probably in the theme, the plugins or the widgets that they crafted themselves. Not even a good host like Site5, can deliver a site fast enough when coding issues are present. Hours before I wrote this article, I used the procedure that I describe below on my website. I was shocked to find out that I had twenty four issues to fix. I managed to fix all but one of them. The last one is actually an issue which Facebook is sending my way. There is a way to fix it but it’s not worth the trouble. One or two issues per page aren’t the end of the world. After I tweaked the theme, plugins and my own widgets, my site is now even faster than before! Now, bear in my mind that the issues which might crop up with HTML are so many that it’s impossible to list them and provide solutions to all of them in this tiny guide. I will come up with a few solutions to the more common ones in my Blogging Tutorials in the near future, but any step by step guide is beyond the scope of the Ultimate Web Hosting Guide. What I am going to do here, is show you the only two tools I use to check the validity of my HTML. If you think that the words “div“, “iframe“, “br“, “attribute” etc. are some exotic British variants of US English (or viceversa, in the event you’re British yourself), then my best advice is to head over to fiverr.com and hire some smart teenager, who will fix the mess for you. It doesn’t take more than 5 minutes, for someone who knows what he is doing. However, for the more computer savvy folks among you, I will be explaining how I do it, with the assumption that you already know how to edit simple HTML and PHP files. Let’s begin and optimize our pages to ensure that our code is as perfect as possible, both for functional and SEO purposes! To check out our sites, we will use the Bing Webmaster Tools and the W3C Markup Validation Service. Take note that you aren’t supposed to check the homepage alone, as this will not fix all your issues with your site. You should check all the main pages and a few sample articles. A Web site is made up of many pages; fixing one of them will not automatically fix all of them!

Checking Your Web Page for SEO Errors With Bing

Most of you are probably registered to Google’s Webmaster Tools. If you aren’t, you should be as they’re a must for anyone who is serious about their online business. What you may not know is that Bing also have their own webmaster service. Besides checking out your statistics on their search engine, the Bing Webmaster Tools service also allows for an on page SEO check. While not specifically designed to highlight coding errors, this simple tool can indeed hunt for a few issues with our sites. When fixing some of these, we can increase performance and optimize for SEO, at the same time.

1. Visit Bing’s Webmaster Tools at http://www.bing.com/toolbox/webmaster and click on ‘Sign up with Microsoft account‘ to get started.

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2. Fill in your details, solve the CAPTCHA and click Register to get your Bing account.

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HA HA HA! Of all the idiotic things that you’ve written on this blog, this is the funniest I have heard so far, Arthur. And it’s one even you won’t manage to beat! 1995, my teddy a$$! You’re ready for the hospice! HA HA HA HA HA!

 

I don’t know what you’re talking about, Mr Huggins. Stop making nasty insinuations about my age! This is a serious tutorial and there’s no place for your pathetic jokes. Please, shut the **** up, or off you go, into the washing machine! Back to business…

3. Once you have verified your account, access the webmaster tools and click on ‘Add a Site‘.

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