When helping clients optimize their websites, we’re often asked about hash symbols in URLs and how they affect SEO. Are they ignored by Google? How should they be used? The answer is…well, it depends. Here’s a quick explanation:
A hash sign (#) in a URL is referred to as a fragment. Historically, URL fragments have been used to automatically set the browser’s scroll position to a predefined location in the web page. In that sense, if a URL refers to a document, then the fragment refers to a specific subsection of that document.
Cache is a word you’ll hear during most website development or site optimization projects. Relative to websites, caching refers to the process of storing dynamically generated data for reuse in order to improve performance. Here’s a quick explanation of how web cache works:
Back in 2010, it seemed to come out of nowhere – responsive web design (RWD) – a term coined by visionary designer Ethan Marcotte that would soon become a household name in web design and mobile strategy. For many, this was an entirely new concept: the idea that web content could be intelligently adapted to a variety of mobile form factors by using HTML and CSS alone.
Picture it. You’ve just discovered a very interesting link that you can’t wait to share with your friends. You log into Facebook, write a quick status update, and paste in your link… and you see something like this: