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Author Topic: Hidden text on www.ngaugeforum.co.uk?  (Read 743 times)

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Hidden text on www.ngaugeforum.co.uk?
« on: December 30, 2013, 03:27:11 PM »
Anyone noticed there's the following text on the webpage before you get redirected to the forum...

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...it's white text on a white background on my screen, I only noticed it when I randomly clicked on the top area.  What's it for?  Is it supposed to be visible?

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Re: Hidden text on www.ngaugeforum.co.uk?
« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2013, 03:46:50 PM »
It's standard practice to put keywords that you think people might search for somewhere on the first page of a website.  That makes it easy for Google and other search engines to find your site and put it somewhere near the top of the results list for people searching for those terms.
There's an entire profession of people who do SEO (search engine optimisation) and this is just one of the many, many tricks of their trade.

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Re: Hidden text on www.ngaugeforum.co.uk?
« Reply #2 on: December 30, 2013, 05:51:07 PM »
Damn, you've found out the secret part of the website!!!  :D  Rabs has explained it perfectly.

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Re: Hidden text on www.ngaugeforum.co.uk?
« Reply #3 on: December 30, 2013, 11:40:05 PM »
What you should have done was to scroll down further, to the incantations involving chicken and modeller's blood to ensure a fully working layout... ;)

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Re: Hidden text on www.ngaugeforum.co.uk?
« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2013, 10:36:22 AM »
What you should have done was to scroll down further, to the incantations involving chicken and modeller's blood to ensure a fully working layout... ;)

That bit was written by Ozzie Osborn :laugh3:

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Re: Hidden text on www.ngaugeforum.co.uk?
« Reply #5 on: January 02, 2014, 03:32:01 AM »
Did not know the hidden text thing though I know there's lots of 'tinternet programmer tricks.  Not sure what purpose the first page does anyway? Maybe there should be something funny on there a the bottom?

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Re: Hidden text on www.ngaugeforum.co.uk?
« Reply #6 on: January 02, 2014, 10:58:06 AM »
It's a work in progress....although there is nothing to show yet.  Time is not my friend, but I'll get around to it eventually with a little help from Emanuelle - who knows everything about SMF (the software for the main forum)!  :)

 

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