---- Old HTML redesign to pure CSS = dropped from google
pageoneresults - 1:25 pm on Jul 9, 2010 (gmt 0)
Seen this happen before thanks to all the CSS nuts pushing everyone to upgrade.
What's that word that all the old g33ks use around here? FUD, FUD, FUD
Bottom line, if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
That type of attitude is why we have sites today using HTML 4.01 Transitional DOCTYPEs and are built using only <table>s. If you listen to the above advice, you'll be extinct soon enough.
I already spoke most of my piece above - I would have no such nervousness. I've been involved in hundreds of redesigns over the years, some with content changes and some with only mark-up changes. I never ran into this problem.
Please, don't get suckered into this hype. There is definitely more here than meets the eye. Maybe the OP will put their site up in the Review Forum and we'll find out exactly what is wrong. I seriously doubt it is the CSS unless you have a boat load of negative coordinates sitting in there and are hiding stuff that you shouldn't be. That would have invoked a manual review most likely at which time if the CSS trickery was present, you get whacked.
But I am cautioning against making generalizations based on this.
Me too! The last five sites I've assisted with this type of conversion all went as planned and expected. In fact, the very last one is a WebmasterWorld Member who saw improvements beyond anything they had done previously. And, this all happened prior to and during the so called Mayday Update.
I say put the site up for review in the Review My Site Forum and put this one to rest. I'd be willing to place a large wager that there is a technical glitch somewhere in the process. 9 out of 10 times, it's technical.
I have a testimonial from a WebmasterWorld Member dated 2010-06-16 that will pretty much refute this entire Elmer topic. ;)
P.S. I'm really surprised this made Front Page at WebmasterWorld. Oh wait, no I'm not. This site is long overdue for its CSS overhaul and someone is wanting to use this as an excuse not to. I've seen it happen time and time again. ;)
[edited by: pageoneresults at 1:29 pm (utc) on Jul 9, 2010]