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Tables vs. Pure CSS

Discussion in 'Search Engine Optimization' started by saintdw, Sep 20, 2005.

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    What do you think google likes more?


    Table based website or a website that has 0 tables and all pure CSS.

    Im thinking which I should use for my next designs. I personally love CSS and my current sites are all in pure CSS, but im not sure how google likes that.


    :eek:
     
    saintdw, Sep 20, 2005 IP
  2. sarahk

    sarahk iTamer Staff

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    CSS may be better but most people will adopt a hybrid approach because debugging CSS is tricky and the cross browser issues are significant.

    however if you are comfortable with CSS then it would be great to go with that.

    What does google like? Nice clean pages where it doesn't have to fight through html or javascript to get to the content.

    I've seen both CSS and Table based pages do that well, and badly!
     
    sarahk, Sep 20, 2005 IP
  3. Cristian Mezei

    Cristian Mezei Notable Member

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    1. Using tableless designs (pure CSS) would not help you with optimization for SE's, but it will help you to have a valid website for all your browsers, for your visitors to be better served on all platforms, to be proud that you use "next generation" tableless designs etc.

    2. Using pure CSS, reduces page size... Now this affect loading times (remember dial-up users? )

    :)
     
    Cristian Mezei, Sep 20, 2005 IP
  4. sarahk

    sarahk iTamer Staff

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    It should, by up to 2/3 but I've seen some shockers that make pages fatter!
     
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    minstrel Illustrious Member

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    Same here. CSS can produce leaner pages in some cases but will not necessarily do so.

    Google couldn't care less what you use as long as there are no coding blunders (missing or orphaned tags, etc.).
     
    minstrel, Sep 20, 2005 IP