This page contains information that I found useful in creating my page. My advice is subjective, and I will never claim to be the last word in page building! I have tidbits of information that I read and gathered over a long period of time. Plus, a little bit of my experiences, too. I have a LOT of links (on another page) to lots of pages for specific "how-to".
Using proper URL's [Universal Resource Locator = web address] especially at GeoCities ... but pertains to ANY webhost's pages.
(a link checker / verifying service WILL NOT check any links that are not properly finished off! It will ignore all links that don't end in / or .html or .htm)
Yes, you might not be having any problem - Geocities has "redirects" up for MOST residential addresses in Geo, but, a) not ALL, and b) if the re-direct delays getting to your page, a search engine COULD think your site is inaccessable and not there! If you want to test this, next time you type in your Geocities url with all lower case letters, once your page has begun to load, LOOK to see in the location box - has it been changed to upper/lower case? If it hasn't, you (and your visitors) will get the "oops - we couldn't find that page" page! [back to top]
Ever get lost following links and get a "File Not Found" page?
Try backing up. No *grin*, not using your "back button", but try to back up on the URL that you were trying to go to.
Maybe they're still there, but they just moved some pages around within their site. Lets say you were at my Geo site, and saw a graphic
set that you previously bookmarked, but wanted to wait till later to get. Your bookmark (or link you followed) reads as:
I have found many a site "rearranged the furniture" (I do it on occasion, too), but the information is still there!! Just have to "back up" and find it. [back to top]
I said on another page: I cannot stress enough ~ backup! backup! backup! ~
people love gimmicks, some hate 'em. Depending on the topic or theme of your pages, you may end up driving people away
and bright colored text. Simply having too many animated graphics on one page WILL freeze some people's browsers!!
Differences in browsers being used on the Internet.
Tip: Regarding frames, style sheets, dynamic HTML, flash, and layers and other applications that are supported ONLY by the newer browsers. If you want your page to be viewed by only some the Internet cruisers, don't offer a frames-free (style sheet free, etc.) version of your page. There are many people that simply dislike frames. There's too many people you'd turn away at your 'front door' if you don't have a frames-free, etc. option right up front. Do you realize that half the people on the Internet, are with AOL. And that AOL's browser is a 'specialized version' made compatible with AOL, but NOT a full-version browser that can "see" what's found on the Internet?!?!?! To see some percentages found by someone who did a detailed study, see another (short) page. [back to top]
|So what can you do about it??
Validate your HTML, it's free, easy, and the report that NetMechanic puts out will make it VERY easy for you to understand what needs
to be adjusted and tweaked so you're not stopping people at "your front door" (i.e. first page of your site.)
Tip: However you can:
Tip: Underconstruction signs.
One of the most frustrating things is waiting for a site to load.
|Tip: Put a title on every page you do.|
What you title your page, is the words that will show up when someone bookmarks your page. It ALSO helps search engines find your pages! If you don't put a title in, it will default to showing: http://www.geocities.com/ whatever-url-is in their bookmarks. Look /\UP/\, at the top of your browser. If you bookmarked/add to favorites this page, your bookmark/favorite would say: "HTML Hints & Tips ~ Web Page Help" AND the search engines pick up that information - so if you were to search for "HTML help" (two of the words in the title), odds are, my page will be in that list somewhere (even if it's item #482 !). Of course, when you bookmark my page, you can edit your bookmarks to have it say whatever you would like, too ~ i.e. remove everything after the ~ if you would like to. Example of how to make a title is on the "HTML tags Basics" page.
Speaking of which ... What You Need To Know About Search Engines!
Above all, remember ... you put your page there to be viewed by other's.
Are you actually still with me?!?!
To borrow a line from ancient (but classic !) TV ...
(Jackie Gleason) "And aaawwwaaaayyyyyy we go" ...
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