Saturday, February 8, 2014
Past few days I was working on making our Motivational Quotes website TheQuotes.net more SEO friendly apart from improving the user experience of that site.
I had implemented most of the "HTML improvements" suggestions given by the Google Webmaster Tools. For example, I updated the code to make sure that dynamically created titles and meta descriptions are unique. And I have manually updated the meta descriptions of many pages to make sure that it is more appropriate to be displayed as snippets in search results.
Few months back, one of our news article from our news website RtoZ.org had reached front page of reddit.com. So, it got lot of traffic. Bluehost hosting support team immediately added CloudFlare to handle the huge traffic.
As, I am doing lot of steps to increase the traffic to TheQuotes.net, I am expecting huge traffic soon. So, I am taking necessary steps to handle the traffic effectively.
TheQuotes.net is hosted with hostgator, and I noticed that hostgator is also providing cloudFlare freely to their customers. So, I decided to activate CloudFlare to TheQuotes.net
But,I couldn't do it, because previously I added redirection rules in .htaccess file to do 301 permanent redirect for all the www traffic (i-e. www.Thequotes.net/*) to non-www URL (i-e thequotes.net/*). But I came to know that cloudflare will work with www version only.
So, first I changed the .htaccess redirection rules to redirect non-www traffic to www traffic.
And, I came to know that free version of cloudFlare won't support SSL. TheQuotes.net is having SSL, and I have used the https version of the URL in some places. So, I hesitated to activate CloudFlare. I did lot of analysis to understand the advantages and disadvantages of using CloudFlare, and finally decided to activate cloudFlare.
I am testing TheQuotes.net to make sure these changes are not affecting the site. Actually I found many issues (e.g Google custom search was not working, Facebook cover app was not wokring), and corrected those issues by making changes to fit with www version of the site. Let me know if you find any other issue while using TheQuotes.net. Are you seeing any improvements in page loading speed of Thequotes.net? Share your experience thro' the comments.
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