gouri - 2:24 pm on Mar 13, 2013 (gmt 0)
Thank you for all the responses. They have been very helpful. I had a few questions that I would appreciate your help with. I think that this will give me a very good idea of what to code the different aspects of the page.
Thanks for the information from the W3. After reading that, I think that a <div> tag is probably not the best one to use and I should probably not use a <span> tag, either.
"Remembering My Summer Vacation" sounds as if it might be a header, depending on its relationship to the following text.
Remembering My Summer Vacation, I would say, should be in the body text. I should have written a better example, I apologize for that. The h1 that is there should be the h1.
are you also link to previous pages from "page 2+"?
I donít link to previous pages from page 2+. Do you think that I need to do that? The site is not very big and all pages can be reached from the navigation menu.
The site, I think, has the feeling of reading a story and I have a link in the body text going to the next page the way that I have shown it in my OP on all pages except the contact page. On the contact page, which is the last page, I donít have a link in the body text going to the home page. I used to have one, but removed it. Do you think that this is ok?
I used to have a link going to the home page, but on the contact page, if someone wants to go to the home page, they can do so by clicking on the link in the navigation menu or clicking the link in the footer that goes to the home page (the url is the anchor text). I think that with 2 ways to go to the home page when on the contact page, another one isnít necessary. Could removing the link to the home page from the body text of the contact page have any impact on the flow of page rank?
Since removing this link, some of the pages on the site have lost page rank, but I am not sure that this is the reason. Some of the pages, I believe, were already losing page rank before making this change.
I prefer to mark up a document using headings, paragraphs, lists, tables (for tabular content) and forms. Those individual "blocks" are then styled using CSS.
When a chunk of content consisting of either a small part of one of the above, or a group of several of the above, has to be styled then it's time for div or span.
I have three paragraphs in the body text. I think that would be considered a group of several of the above. Can I just define the <p> in an external style sheet? Is what you are saying for if I use inline CSS? Define the div and then put all three <p>ís inside it so that way I donít have to style each individual <p>.
<div style="font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: 14 px;">
text expanding on the first of several "equal" subcategories
text expanding on the second of several "equal" subcategories
text expanding on the third of several "equal" subcategories
I think that this is a good way to structure a page. After using a heading, there should probably be some text before another heading is used.
<p>Remembering My Summer Vacation</p>
are all okay in my opinion.
I think that what you recommend (<p> tag) is how I will code Remembering My Summer Vacation. And would it be okay to make the text size of this bigger? I can have a few classes for paragraphs in an external style sheet, one for a regular paragraph and another for the few words at the top, and make the latter one a larger text size. For the signature, can I use one <p> tag and do the following:
because the signature I think is an entity and having it within one tag might be a way to show that to the search engines? Or do you feel that separate <p> tags are better for the Name and Email?
<p>For more information about this subject, go to <a href="URL"><strong>this article</strong></a>.</p>
Would you make the text size of this sentence the same as that of the 3 regular paragraphs? Also, by putting the anchor text in a <strong> tag or <b> tag, do you think that it could be seen as over optimization? Maybe if the anchor text is a keyword phrase. If you say that the text size of this paragraph should be bigger than the 3 regular paragraphs, then the anchor text will be bigger, and it will be in bold. If a keyword phrase is used, could it be over optimization?
Can I put images in the body text section inside a <div> tag or should I use a <p> tag or something else?
For the header and footer, should I use a <div> tag (e.g. <div id="header"> and <div id="footer">), a <p> tag or something else?
As an example: The header is My Personal Website and Blog
and in the footer I have the following:
Name Copyright notice Site title Home page url
What you see in the footer may not have a cohesiveness to it, but it is what you would usually find in a footer and are important pieces of information. I am not sure what tag this information should be put into?
I apologize for all the questions, but once I know what tags these different elements of a page should be put into, I think that I will have well coded pages that the search engines will easily be able to understand.
I appreciate your help.