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Lorem Ipsum == Check Your Title Bar

Which web page title is more descriptive?

  1. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet
  2. First Presbyterian Church Natchitoches, La.

While I suppose #1 may be attractive to some of our Catholic bretheren, I suspect most Presbyterian churches in Natchitoches would prefer #2. As I said in my June 21, 2002 article entitled “Lorem Ipsum Dolor” is a jumble from Cicero’s ‘de Finibus‘ long employed to display fonts and more recently, to test web pages … Which in this case, someone did without noticing what was between the <TITLE> tags.

This is not good. Many search engines use the title tag as their primary key for storage and retreival. This is why so many “how to” sites say to be very descriptive with your page titles. I mean how many people do you know would look for a Presbyterian church on Natchitoches by entering “Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet?” Which is ironic, because in Natchitoches there is a church web site that needs to re-evaluate their home page title. Equally ironic is that the webmaster ahs decided to offer links to the major search engines where one would normally expect a navigational menu for links within the site.

I suppose I could go on, but the good people at 1st Pres. in Natchitoches didn’t ask for a review. That, and it appears that the example case may have been a situation where the web servant modified an example page that came with FrontPage 4.0, fake Latin and all. To which my instruction is, unless you have an iterpreter handy, then you don’t want your page speaking in tongues. This means remembering to check <TITLE> tags!

One Comment

  1. Dean– What’s up with the date stamp on Lisa’s comments?

    And Lisa, the site looks pretty good at first view. I think you should skip the pull-down menu for the “contact” as some people may be confused by offering just email addresses when the page is actually more complete than that. I’ll leave it to Dean to take a closer look.