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SEO: site resolution and PHP vs ASP
SEO: site resolution and PHP vs ASP

 12:16 am on Dec 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

My contracted web developer said the following about a project he is doing for me - (my site is an asp with a resolution of 1280*1024) :

1. Website Design - design of website is not search engine friendly. Resolution of website is 1280*1024 at laptop and 1280*600 at 17Ē monitor. You must follow the standard which is 1024 by 768. These technicalities have a deep impact on positioning of any website.
2. Secondly, website is not an OS-commerce based. Your website is developed in ASP. It should be in PHP as it is not a big site. ASP coding is used for large scale websites. Your site has hardly five pages. Although you have attached a payment gateway but it can easily be handled in PHP.

Iíve mentioned these points because these are hurdles for your website to place it in prominent positions over search engines. Search engine BOT canít crawl any website properly if its coding is not good.

So, I suggest you repair these fields. Itís not a big task. Your website will be rebuilt for;
a. Website design - Changing resolution to 1024 by 768;
b. Transfer of coding from ASP to PHP.

Do you folks agree with his assessment?
Please respond. I need to learn from you.
I need your help.




 12:32 am on Dec 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

1. Has nothing to do with SEs and your 'positioning'

2. So long as the naviagtion works, nothing to do with SEs or 'positioning' - indeed, rebuilding the site (without safeguards) could seriously damage your position.

There are serious arguments about getting the best design for your site, and following accepted protocols will help ensure your site looks its best in most browsers, and most browser settings.

But if this guy thinks that's about promoting your site in the search engines, he's either stupid ... or he thinks you are.

Get a second opinion.


 1:16 am on Dec 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

hi nitefox

You must follow the standard which is 1024 by 768

there is no standard as far as i am aware, just common sense.

as quadrille said, it is more to do with usability than SE ranking. it is down to personal preference and your target demographic.

It should be in PHP as it is not a big site

IMO, it sounds more like they don't know ASP

there are big sites coded in ASP and PHP, there are 1 page sites coded in ASP and PHP

get a second opinion, and then a third!

good luck



 7:48 pm on Dec 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

The script language doesn't matter all that much, because the end result is to send out a page of HTML to the browser.

There are some things that are just easier to do in PHP, and there are some things (like domain canonicalisation) that are easier to do to with an out-of-the-box Apache server (compared to using IIS).

That said, the reasons for your suggested changes are complete junk. Whoever is saying that, has no idea what they are talking about.

Receptional Andy

 7:57 pm on Dec 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

It's possible that the developer thinks that saying that things are necessary for search engine promotion is an easier "sell" that for usability or other reasons. It also seems possible that the developer a) thinks 1024x768 is better for usability (may be right) and b) prefers to work in PHP (just personal choice).

To stretch things even further, it may be that the developer would do a reasonable job of the work.

That said, the information they've provided is patently false, so IMO it's either deliberately misleading or honestly mistaken. I avoid both characteristics when looking for suppliers ;)


 9:26 pm on Dec 13, 2008 (gmt 0)


according to some stats, including w3schools [w3schools.com] 1024x768 is the most commonly used 'screen' today.

however it has NO, repeat NO, bearing as everyone else has said on the way search engines rank your site, however it may have bearing on how successful your site is!

i would ditto the comments above regarding asp vs php and imagine the person that told you that only knows php ( i have sites in both and don't believe there is any ranking advantage in either method )

>>Search engine BOT canít crawl any website properly if its coding is not good

as an aside, if the above is a direct quote it is clearly written by someone who does not speak english properly, now that may or may not be a red light for you. (eg. if you are in india and dealing with someone local then fine, if you think you are dealing with someone in the usa then think again!)


 11:21 pm on Dec 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

Not much I can add as most here have pointed out all that is wrong with what he is saying.

I will re-enforce the sentiment that you not deal with this person anymore. Regardless of why his info is wrong, it is wrong and he shouldn't be learning on your dollar.

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