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Overflow:hidden - Bad To Have Non-Visible Content?


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#1 xelocity

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Posted 04 February 2014 - 05:09 PM

I have a grid system of 300x300 div "boxes" for articles. Would it be acceptable if i were to put a  400-800 character description (which is unique content but related to the article page that specific box links to) in a div that shows only 200 characters using overflow hidden to hide the excess content, and then a "Read More" button at the bottom of each box.

 

The idea is to show a preview of each article in the 200 character visible area, while still providing a ton of content on the main page of the website for search engines to pick up.

 

 

I hope this is ok.



#2 chrishirst

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Posted 04 February 2014 - 05:11 PM

 

I hope this is ok.

It isn't!



#3 Jill

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Posted 04 February 2014 - 05:17 PM

It would be fine if you weren't doing it for search engines. But, alas....



#4 xelocity

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Posted 04 February 2014 - 05:50 PM

Thanks chrishirst and jill! i will change the design so that it has no hidden content.



#5 adityaarora05

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Posted 19 March 2015 - 03:03 AM

Hey everyone.

 

I just found this article through google search.

 

I have a similar scenario, and there are two things :-

 

1) More/Less option for content (uses show hide)

2) Scrollable div for content (a div having content, having scrollbar implemented (uses overflow:hidden)

 

All this is handled by javascript only, by applying classes (no inline css).

 

Is this a problem ??

 

Please let me know

 

Thanks.



#6 chrishirst

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Posted 19 March 2015 - 06:06 AM

No.



#7 Mikl

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Posted 20 March 2015 - 03:38 AM

I would add that, not only is this not a problem for SEO purposes, but it is quite a user-friendly thing to do.

 

Faced with a link to a related article, I would like to have a rough idea what that article is about before I click on the link. But I don't want that information to overwhelm the page I'm reading. I would rather see a small amount of information by default, but have the option of reading more - and doing so right there, within the context of the original link.

 

So, on that basis, I would say you should go for it.

 

Mike



#8 Michael Martinez

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Posted 20 March 2015 - 01:39 PM

Of course, last year Google came out and said it may choose not to index any of that content so you have to take that into consideration.  Leave your best content where it is immediately visible to the user upon first loading the page.






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