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    Template optimizing


    Hi,

    Webby mentioned in his article the optimization of templates:


    Anyway, the basics [of making dynamic websites SE friendly] were well covered in the seminar. Mod_rewrite/isapi filters on the urls, session id killing, template optimizing, creating static pages from dynamic content were all covered.
    What excactly has to be done to optimize a template?!? The only thing I did until now, was removing blanks and comments to get smaller pages.
    Thanks for your help,
    Eddie
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    I think one of the biggest things is making the unique content that will appear on each page made from a template be as high up on the page as possible.
    Last edited by ledfish; Jun 8th, 2004 at 08:35 PM.
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    Optimizing templates, to me, means ensuring that the file size is as small as is possible by writing your script carefully. Also, ensuring your script validates is an important part of having a template which is accessible to all, including search engines.

    Many home pages are over 100kb in size, nightmare! They should be 45kb maximum in my opinion.
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    I'd also take into consideration making the <head> stuff dynamic whenever using templates.. You don't want all of your pages to have the exact same title, keywords and description.
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    It depends whether you mean optimizing the space for speed and b/w purposes or optimizing as in "SEO"...
    Seems to me that EddieG and kapuni are talking about the former and ledfish and k2host the latter...

    For the first it's all pretty straightforward.
    For the second ledfish has your answer (and k2host - although what he said is pretty obvious)!
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    Originally Posted by k2host
    I'd also take into consideration making the <head> stuff dynamic whenever using templates.. You don't want all of your pages to have the exact same title, keywords and description.
    I agree, you have to have some method of making each pages <head> area stuff like title and meta description unique for each page. This is very very important. Fail to do so and it will quite possible be more painful than having a root canal.
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    Yep, lots of things to consider when using templates as clicky pointed out.. both seo-wise and appearance/size/bandwidth etc..
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    dynamic page titles
    put javascript in external files
    ssi's
    use divs before tables
    use z index to strategically place your divs if using absolute positioning. This can also help get your relevent content near the top of the page but can rgive a weird order for screen readers
    external stylesheets
    try and avoid inline css class statements
    try and avoid tables if at all possible
    dynamic tags for images and link titles - not strictly related but it helps

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