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Multiple HTML, HEAD, BODY tags

thanks to our CMS application

     
3:59 pm on Sep 29, 2008 (gmt 0)

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So we have a CMS application for publishing web content on our site..

We use templates to generate page... i.e. landing_page.tpl

now, these templates have content areas that users create.

i.e. "center_content" and that content is then placed into the template, then published....

what is happening is that the template already has the HTML, HEAD, and BODY tags...

the CMS application we are using is weaaaak.... so when content is generated for the "center_content" area, the visual editor we have also includes the HTML, HEAD, and BODY tas, as though this content is a page by itself...

thus we have 3 or 4 HTML, HEAD, BODY tags on one page, because we have pages with multiple content areas that users can add...

what is this doing to my site? it is some serious programming to resolve it, which i am investigating, but want to know what is doing to my site now? SEO wise also.

the site looks and functions fine, obviously does not validate with w3c, but want to know if is possibly causing any underlying issues.

thanks

4:17 pm on Sept 29, 2008 (gmt 0)

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This will disrupt any spidering that goes on. You need to fix it.

Do you use Google Webmaster tools? If not sign in and see what Google sees. Sit down first. I don't want you falling down.;)

8:02 pm on Oct 2, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I can see major issues, and they will likely be different for Google, Yahoo, Live, SearchMe, Ask, Cuil, etc, and a whole bucket of woe.

This needs fixing and pronto. Use all the tools you can muster to help you.

These will help:
- W3C HTML Validator
- Firebug and HTML Validator extensions for mozilla browsers
- Xenu LinkSleuth
- maybe even the Live HTTP Headers extension for Mozilla.

8:56 pm on Oct 2, 2008 (gmt 0)

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unfortunately its not anything an external tool an fix. what happens is that each time you create an area of "content" the CMS application automatically adds the HTML HEAD and BODY tags...

you can get into the code view and delete them, switch back to visual mode, and then back to code and the tags are put right back in...

its the application thats doing it... and no one seems to know how to fix it.. unless i get one of their consultants and pay out of my wahzoo...

9:05 pm on Oct 2, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Yes, someone will need to edit the CMS scripts to fix the problem.

Use the listed tools to verify the fix is correctly implemented.

It sounds to me like the product isn't "fit for purpose", so I am not so sure that you could be compelled to pay for those fixes.

 

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