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Seo And Css-p?


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I just got the Dreamweaver MX 2004 suite and since it is so strong on CSS and has some tools to make sure I do it the right way I thought I'd play with one of my sites.

 

Something that came to mind is that if I use traditional tables to layout my site and I have a left-side navigation then the spiders will have to wade through all that to get to my content which may make me look pretty bad if the first thing about fishing is half-way through my fishing web site!

 

With CSS-P I can put my main content first and then use the stylesheet to place it where I want. This gives me up-front content but I can still have a left-side navigation.

 

My questions for the pros are: Other than the browser incompatibilities with CSS-P, is there any flaw in what I'm thinking, will it help and do the spiders even look at the linked stylesheet?

 

This is one of those things that sounds too good to be true.

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Something that came to mind is that if I use traditional tables to layout my site and I have a left-side navigation then the spiders will have to wade through all that to get to my content which may make me look pretty bad if the first thing about fishing is half-way through my fishing web site!

 

...is there any flaw in what I'm thinking?

 

I have been preaching to people for years to use right side navigation / left side body text.

Without a doubt the answer to your question is "no flaw here", good sound logic :)

[meaning you now can have left side navigation with spiders 'reading' the body text first]

 

Spiders don't index style sheets... remember, they are just for style and they do not care about style.

 

There are browser issues but I have given in to that as well. Right now I have three new corporate sites that I am working on... I am using CSS on all three.

 

If you take full advantage of library items, templates and CSS, using Dreamweaver to manage large sites is sooooo nice. :D

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Your thinking is right on target Jim. It's one HUGE advantage to using CSS that the majority of people don't grasp.

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:whip: Yay, I did something right! :D To be honest, I probably heard something "way back" when the browsers weren't as compliant and mentally filed it but the thought did occur to me as I was creating my page "Hey, with the div-tag names I don't have to put the nav first!"

 

As for compatibility, I think they're close enough for the sites I am building to not really worry about it. Especially if Scott's doing 3 corp sites that way! (No wonder you're not around as much as before!)

 

Thanks for the confirmation guys.

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