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Fixing Website Errors

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by SEORasta, Oct 2, 2012.

  1. SEORasta

    SEORasta Senior Member

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    Got a new site im working on but when to do a Audit on the site it tells me things like line 12 have the < do you mean = sign thing like this. What the auditor does NOT tell me is how to fix it. It just shows me the error but in order to fix it I need to know what I am fixing.

    Does anyone know a site that will show you whats wrong and how to fix it? Meaning will it tell me what character may not be correct and what to replace it with etc.
    Thank You
     
  2. SEORasta

    SEORasta Senior Member

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    anyone have suggestions to help fix errors if you dont know how to fix it?
     
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    What language is the site written in? PHP?
     
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    SEORasta Senior Member

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  5. Bluefrog_1974

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    Wordpress is php but you need to know what filename the error is in and decide if it's a markup error (within php) or if it is an actual php error.

    I'm assuming based on your question and answers that this is way over your skill level and you should get somebody to do it right as there is a steep learning curve.

    Been there and done that, trust me you'll thank me for telling you this in the long run - markup and php errors can be a total nightmare if you don;t know what you're doing
     
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    YOur right I do need an expert but that is where Im looking at. What is a decent price? Who do I trust? I just want the issue corrected so I can start out strong as I know this is affecting my overall ranking besides the keyword mess I got into months back.
     
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    Bluefrog_1974 Junior Member

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    I suggest going the route of outsourced work from odesk, elance or vworker as you don;t release funds until you are satisfied, the worker will quote you so you can chose which bid suits your budget :)
     
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    Do you have real visible errors or is it just showing up in the audit?
    What kind of was it? Was is just a validity checker for xhtml or similar?
     
  9. SEORasta

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    The errors were picked up from a W3 audit. they tell me which line has what error etc. They kinda tell you what cld be the problem with the line and highlight the problem area but I do not know how to go into the PHP code of my template and correct it as it really give no real clear msg on what to remove or add etc
     
  10. Bluefrog_1974

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    Can you post an example, this may be an easy fix. You can access your WP files from appearance -> editor if it's a self install or you can access via FTP. If it's a wordpress hosted blog then you cannot alter any of the files, however you shouldn't get errors either lol
     
  11. judson

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    You are focussing on the wrong problem.

    Had a client once who spent a lot of money, despite my advice, to get her site to score A + A on the YSlow reports.

    Another one who was totally obsessed with CSS and HTML validation. Spent a lot of money getting a custom theme done just so it could pass all validation tests.

    Does the site show as expected in the web browsers? If so, then it is not a problem you need to fix. No. Really. Trust me on this one. I could happily take your money to 'fix' this non-problem, but it would not be very helpful.

    Another problem with WP is that there are far *too* many bits that actually generate the pages. You might find for example, that there is a particular plugin that sometimes spits out less than stellar code. Well, you could replace this plugin with a different one. But what if the plugin does something that no other one does. Or maybe the plugin does it in a very specific way. And you have a 100+ page site that is built around the way this plugin does its thing.

    What do you do then? Replace it, and start the site from scratch? Not really an option.
    Patch and 'fix' your version of the plugin? Sure, that works, until the next time you update the plugin. Or, you could turn off updates on that plugin. But then that leaves you exposed on so many different fronts I won't even bother getting into that. In short. Very.Bad.Idea.

    So really, unless the HTML that is being spewed out is so bad the site is not rendering properly in browsers, I would leave it as is, and focus my attention on making money.

    Being the proud owner of a site that passed all validation tests (virtually impossible since some of the tests are contradictory), is good for great vibes when you tell all the ladies at the bar just how l33t your site is, but *that* alone never put food on anyone's table.

    In case you missed it, I will repeat here one more time. Unless your site is actually broken in the browser, don't bother trying to get validated. Save your money, and use it to improve the areas of the site that visitors actually care about.

    Now, if after all that, you still want your site to validate, dammit, then feel free to get in touch. I will take a look, and give you a suitably large quotation for the job.
     
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  12. Bluefrog_1974

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    Actually that is a very valid point, I never noticed that the OP hadn't mentioned if the site was rendering correctly lol, I just assumed it wasn't since they were here.

    Judson is absolutely 100% correct, errors can be from anywhere, including any dynamic pieces of data pulled from the web such as RSS feeds etc... so long as you get a decent pass and don't have 100's of errors then if it renders and you're happy with it, don't worry too much on the technicals, many mobile sites don't pass either, including twitter mobile which is something like 80% from what I remember lol
     
  13. SEORasta

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    Judson you make a valid point. My site does show fine in the browsers...well let me corect that on the top there is a line that happend to come out of nowhere but I dont worry about that. Most of the errors were due to code and alt images. Yes my site pulls up fine and you can get to the pages. I was figuirng that this could possibly be hurting me if Google sees these errors as well.
    Now trying to fight this Panda as I was hit hard based on what I belive was over use of anchor text (never used generic like I do now) so it may take a lot more time to fix that if ever but it is my main site. Thanx all
     
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    HTML errors like what you describe are simply errors due to specifications set by the W3 (web standards essentially.) Eliminating the errors is good and all, but if they're not doing any harm then there is no real reason to fix it. Short of the problems causing rendering issues (such as unclosed tags) then you can ignore them. Even googles own sites has these errors.