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Impact Of Tables On Seo
Posted 16 October 2005 - 10:51 AM
I have one small table for a row of utility buttons and the company logo.
I have another small table beneath for a banner containing graphics.
The 3rd table underneath is the largest one with all of the content and navigation, etc.
Yes, dumb. But it was so easy ... can I now just nest these all into one cell or can I just leave it the way it is ... Will this negatively impact the spiders' ability to crawl this site?
Posted 16 October 2005 - 10:56 AM
The only time I've seen spiders have problems with tables, and even this has been a looooooong time ago, was when the page ended up having many multiple nested tables. Where you've got a table, a nest, another nest, another nest, another nest, etc, etc.
Even then, the problem always turned out to be non-standard code, not the use of tables per se. Once the code was cleaned up a bit, the spiders liked even these deeply nested pages just fine.
Posted 16 October 2005 - 11:42 AM
(And I've even had multiple nested table with really bad coding many years ago that had no trouble getting indexed by the engines. IT IS NOT A PROBLEM!)
Posted 16 October 2005 - 01:33 PM
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Posted 16 October 2005 - 05:36 PM
Can you clarify your reasoning on this Jill - so that I can compare it to the teachings I have received?
Qwerty - that's half a story! You can't do that to us! Tell us why!!!!
Posted 16 October 2005 - 05:42 PM
Others believe that it doesn't matter because the engines take the entire page into account and don't "rate" the content higher in the page any more important than the content lower on the page.
CSS allows you to place content higher on the page, but all engines strip out the code, so the amount of code doesn't seem to have any bearing on indexing or ranking.
No one has any conclusive proof that I've seen either way, but you can certainly see plenty of code-heavy pages in #1 spots as well as code- efficient ones.
Posted 16 October 2005 - 05:44 PM
This will make it much easier for you to go back into the pages to maintain them than if you had to go through tables, within tables, within tables, finding the information you wanted to work on or remove...that is where you get yourself into trouble when making modifications.
You absolutely did the right thing by stacking your tables.
Posted 16 October 2005 - 05:47 PM
It's so much easier to troubleshoot and make changes when each table is self-contained instead of nested.
Posted 16 October 2005 - 05:57 PM
It's just that tables weren't designed for layout, and nesting tables can cause serious cross-browser compatibility issues. But as I said, none of that matters to search engines.
Posted 16 October 2005 - 07:46 PM
Teachings you have received from whom?
You're welcome to believe whoever you want. I can tell you that they make no difference, but if you're not going to test it yourself then it's up to you to decide who is the most believable in your mind.
Posted 16 October 2005 - 09:42 PM
If I had any Strongbow Cider left in the fridge I'd have one right now. It's nice to be right once and a while. Even if I didn't know it at the time
Posted 16 October 2005 - 10:10 PM
Posted 17 October 2005 - 03:59 AM
Yes, I am aware of that Jill.
To be honest with you the only thing I ever 100% believe is my own results, as they are the ones I can see for sure. But there is always a starting point and mine was to take an online course.
As I said sometimes things on here conflict with things that they taught and whilst I will always make up my own mind, I am of the school that I need to know 'why'. Hence my question to you.
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