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January 14, 2008, 8:08 am
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I have a question:
I'm starting to use Ajax on my websites, and I was wondering: when I
use Ajax to retrieve an article from my database, and show it in a
<span>, will Google find that article and index it correctly? What if
several articles will be available there? At this moment, there is
only one yet.
The page (in Dutch) I am talking about is this
By selecting a category from the dropdown (beginners), you get a list
of all articles in that category, by clicking the link of the article,
you get the article.
Thanks for taking a look at this!
Re: Google & Ajax
see - this is known as 'graceful degredation'.
You can see an example of this here: http://www.coursesearcher.co.uk/pathways.php
- click on a subject category, then on the gold '+' sign. If you have
still works but it reloads the page and loads in the data then.
This is mainly done by having a standard link, then in the link some
'return: false;' to stop the link reloading the page.
Doing things this way means the search engines can get at everything,
can do it easily using the Web Developer toolbar by Chris Pederick -
http://chrispederick.com/work/web-developer/ - and it has lots of
other useful tools as well.
Check the spiderability of your pages: http://www.spidertest.com
Paul Silver - freelance web developer