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About RobertS

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    Lino Lakes, MN
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  1. Google Analytics

    A typical webdesign client that I service has the following analytics over a typical calendar year for 2017: Technology: Primary browser = chrome, primary os = windows (7), primary screen resolution = 1024x768 ? Mobile: Primary device type = desktop then mobile then tablet in distant 3rd, Primary device = Apple iPhone. QBQ is if primary device is desktop, and primary resolution is 1024x768 (ipad?), and primary mobile device is iPhone, how can this be? Are there desktop computers that use default resolution of 1024/768? Discuss? On a side note, I myself have a 22" monitor with default resolution of 1920px wide but find I need to zoom in to 1536. Anyone else? Just curious. How does this affect how you design websites (other than making them responsive).
  2. Not a wordpress site

    Curious question - if a site is built with straight html/css/php/js - not a cms based site - and each page ends in php (v html) for the purpose of having a simply contact form in the footer - does this make it any more vulnerable to hackers? On that note - how does one "hack" a site that is not built in a cms platform like wordpress or any other web-based website builder? So I can learn how to defend against it? And let's assume the hosts login info cannot be obtained. Thank you for your time.
  3. Ok. So I can use the below to 301 redirect about.html to about/ (after of course addl code is used to hide the extension in the first place? Hide extension: UrlRewrite (do so for each page in the directory?): RewriteEngine On RewriteBase / RewriteRule ^/about/ /about.html Redirect 301 /about.html /about/ And this should work on Linux servers? I appreciate your help. Also, if I am using redirects from nonwww to www as well as index.html to main url, is there a particular order all of this needs to be in? I'll have to add in redirect from http to https another time...
  4. Here is a link I found - https://www.rapidtables.com/web/tools/redirect-generator.html. Thoughts on it's accuracy? ​For a permanent 301 redirect solution on a Linux platform with GoDaddy, which is a better solution in your opinion? ​htaccess: # Permanent URL redirect - generated by www.rapidtables.com Redirect 301 /about.html http://www.myurl.com/about/ or php: <?php // PHP permanent URL redirect - generated by www.rapidtables.com header("Location: http://www.myurl.com/about/", true, 301); exit(); ?> ​This is for a simple redirect from about.html to about/ without a change in domain name or host. The following would be added to the htaccess file to hide the page extensions: PHP EXTENTION REMOVAL RewriteEngine On RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f RewriteRule ^([^\.]+)$ $1.php [NC,L] HTML EXTENTION REMOVAL RewriteEngine On RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f RewriteRule ^([^\.]+)$ $1.html [NC,L] ​I assume this is correct?
  5. Probably asked before but in htaccess, how do I go about implementing a 301 redirect from example: about.html (or about.php) to about/ (no file extension). Thank you.
  6. I seem to be getting a lot of contact form spam. I don't know if it is a robot or a person but sometimes only garbily gook is typed in every field (ie - hjkshdjfhdjlsdkj) and sometimes it is a sales pitch for seo. I am wondering if a robot is capable of answering the captcha on the form and automatically fill it out? If so, is there another user friendly way to weed out the contact form spam done by robots? Would It be negative UX to have a field that must not be filled out. If filled out the form does not work? Perhaps it can be invisible to the user but would it still be visible to a robot? But what if it is a person filling out the forms? Thoughts? Please advise. Thank you. Rob
  7. Working well with others

    So for basic on page seo, simple changes to keywords as it relates to tags for titles, descriptions, keywords, h1/h2, image alt - it really IS that cumbersome to send a list to the website designer? I'm not being sarcastic, I'm just trying to understand the hang-up. If I can see it from their end other than a negative, perhaps I can find the right solution. ​Now if it were a developer who is all about writing code a certain way - that I would understand. Easier to make the changes yourself than write a list. ​I don't understand but I understand. In the end, I think it is a control and trust issue but I guess I can understand. Thank you for your time.
  8. Working well with others

    Why are SEO's so hesitant to work with website builders/deisgners/front-end-developers on a website project? Why can't the seo simply send the changes rather than insisting on making the changes themselves? I don't get it. Are we really so bloody difficult to work with? What needs to change?
  9. I actually would like to NOT redirect subdomains to the requested url in this case.
  10. Not using a cms in this case. Straight html on the server. ​All looks ok with it though? 1st part should be the http to https, below that should be the original 301 to avoid dup content between www and non www pages as well as redir from index.html to the main url. And this htaccess file simply goes in the folder with the other site files the url is attached to correct?
  11. I don't remember if I've asked this before (I've been away for a bit) but may I confirm that the below is correct to migrate a website from http to https via htaccess file? RewriteEngine On RewriteCond %{SERVER_PORT} 80 RewriteRule ^(.*)$ https://www.example.com/$1 [R,L] rewriteengine on rewritecond %{HTTP_HOST} ^www.mywebsite.net$ [OR] rewritecond %{HTTP_HOST} ^mywebsite.net$ rewriterule ^index\.html$ "http\:\/\/www\.mywebsite\.net\/" [R=301,L] rewritecond %{HTTP_HOST} ^mywebsite.net$ rewriterule ^(.*)$ "http\:\/\/www\.mywebsite\.net\/$1" [R=301,L] Thank you in advance.
  12. Odd hosting experience

    It was only the index.html instead of index.php that wasn't working. All other pages are html and all work. Now that index.php is the home page, all pages are working fine - including the redirects. Weird. Is there an issue with having the home page a php instead of html? Wasn't sure.
  13. Odd hosting experience

    a single line of code at the top...I didn't memorize it.
  14. Odd hosting experience

    I just had an odd hosting experience (host will remain nameless but it's not a common name I don't think). Called to set up hosting, get ftp info and path (public_html) and upload files. The home page was a index.html file as usual. This is what is supposed to be right? However when calling up the page in the browser, the page was garbily gook. Bear in mind there was an index.php file in the directory - which I was told to delete. I manually typed in the path for the other pages (about.html etc.) and they all worked. Just for fun I decided to change the index.html page to index.php and low and behold - it works! Wierd. Can someone explain this phenomenon? The hosting company cannot. Thank you in advance.
  15. SEO & Location Keywords

    SEO Experts, I have a question. Say you have a home office. Your target client can be anywhere across the country or world but for simplicity, you've chosen location keywords that match the actual location of the home office (location A). Now, let's say you're moving home offices to location B - but not for 9 months (gonna take your time with the move and transition) rather than making it a rush job. Location A will eventually be sold after the move is complete. The question is how soon is too soon to change the location based keywords on the website and all local listings (including google maps) to location B for seo purposes to find traffic in that new local location? I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you in advance. Suppose the question behind the question is for local seo purposes - how is it possible to target two separate but specific locations? How is this done?