Saturday, 14 December 2013

Saturday, December 14, 2013
HTML to TEXT ratioFor new webmasters this might be something new and but it is something you should know about. Read this article completely and you will have a clear idea about what this is really about, how you can use this and why you should be concerned about it.

What is a HTML/Code to Text ratio?

We do know that every website is created using different web based technologies and that involves a lot of code, and we term this as "backend code". While the "frontend code" is the text that is viewable by the users who are using the website daily. So HTML/Code to Text ratio is simply the amount of HTML/Code present in your webpage to the amount of Text present in the same webpage.

How does it affect your website/blog?

Many people have a misconception that this is a ranking factor and you must have a high text to code ratio. I don't really believe that this really affects your website ranking at all. Why? The answer is very simple. There are loads of other factors that are responsible to judge a website/blog's credibility and the user friendliness and also the usefulness. I still advice people to have a high text to code ratio as this means that your website does contain more content and is possibly a good place to find more information.

How to ensure that a page has good HTML/Code to Text ratio?

There are many ways to find out or to maintain a good HTML/Code to Text ratio. Here I am going to list a few examples to show how you too can maintain a good ratio. Remember these steps are not compulsory but they will make your website or blog much more better.

  • Find and remove all unnecessary code from the webpages.
  • If there are white spaces then you should try to minimize it as much as possible.
  • Although commenting is good but sometimes too much comment is not good. Remove unnecessary comments.
  • If you are styling your website without using CSS then you are missing out big time to optimze your website.
  • Optimize your images. (Perform a Google search with "Online Image Optimizer"and you will get numerous free online image optimizers).
  • If there are images in your website that are not needed then remove them.
  • Try to maintain the size of the webpage. If possible keep it below 300KB.
  • Some webmasters go crazy on the number of tabs. Try to avoid it.
  • Last but not least "Make sure your HTML is valid". Performs checks to ensure it is valid.

Some websites where you can check your HTML/Code to Text Ratio:


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