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Theme fine in IE, Fine in Firefox, Pants in Google Cache (14 posts)

  1. newmomsforum
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Hey Guys

    I run my site http://www.newmomsforum.com with the excellent WordPress using it more as a CMS then a blog.

    I've got the theme looking as I want it in IE and Firefox but for some reason the Googles Cache is showing the theme as a little screwy:

    http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient&ie=UTF-8&rls=GGLG,GGLG:2005-20,GGLG:en&q=cache:http%3A%2F%2Fwww.newmomsforum.com

    Can anyone suggest where might be the best place to look to try and get this issue sorted?

    Cheers all

    Claire

  2. devilmaycry
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I'm viewing Google's Cache of your homepage in Firefox and it looks prefectly fine to me. Which browser are you viewing the cache with?

  3. newmomsforum
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Hey :)

    Its the cache in IE devilmaycry

    Cheers for any help

    Claire

  4. sadish
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    why do you care about how it looks in google cache ?

    google only uses your 'content' to be cached for bringing the search results. they dont care about the style.css. no one from google is manually looking into the site. it is all read by a program in google. so dont worry about the cache thing.

  5. newmomsforum
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Yeh I know all that however google does respect the style.css, it doesn't ignore it and when I view the google cache using IE my site doesn't display how it should

    I update my site daily and I know from my logs that people use the cache to help them find the content if the google result is pointing to something on my homepage which has since moved into the archive.

    Its just not a very good first impression (for those folks using the chache) and if the cache is the 'snapshot' that google take then something isn't right.

    Anyways, any further help appreciated, its probably just a </div> tag that I havn't closed but its just where do I start looking :)

    Claire

  6. Doodlebee
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    For the record, nothing you do on your site currently will "fix" whatever issues you're seeing in Google. Basically, just be sure your site is correct as it stands now, and next time Google crawls, it should properly cache your site. You can help it refresh your cache by sticking a meta tag in your header:

    <meta http-equiv="expires" content="Mon, 22 Jul 2002 11:12:01 GMT">

    Basically, it'll set a date for the cache to expire, and then the robot will schedule another time to revisit the page and re-cache your site. Or, alternatively:

    <meta name="googlebot" content="noarchive">

    which will cause Google to not cache your page at all.

    But as it stands now, there's nothing you can do to change the appearance of your cached page that's already in Google - all you can do is put in a meta tag and hope next time Google does it's dance that it will also refresh the cache of your page.

  7. newmomsforum
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Thanks doodlebee, I guess that will need to be the solution.

    I havn't changed anything since google last made a visit.

    It's just strange why it appears as it does in googles cache when in the real world everything appears fine.

    I think the no cache option may be the best way forward.

    In the meantime I may contact the bods at google to see what they have to say.

    Thanks all for your quick replies. :-)

    Claire

  8. sadish
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I think it is because they have a top frame, that is causing the problem.

    anyway, google's cache is not intended so your user can browse the site for your archived posts.
    I still cannot see any real meaning in having the cache to look nice. cache is only for the content and is intended for the machine to read it. not for humans !!!!!

    Thanks

  9. newmomsforum
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    sadish, thanks m8 nut Please be assured I'm not so Noobish that I don't know that ;) I think the archive option in WP fits the purpose pretty well. Having said this, google cache IS for humans not machines...remember machines don't have eyes :)

    Anyway, I'm waiting for a response from the google geeks so lets see what they have to say

    Claire

  10. sadish
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    :)
    I understand you are not a newbie. :)
    but I am trying to say, it is not a big deal if it does not look nice, as long as it is still working.

    anyway, let us know if you hear anything from them.
    Thanks

  11. newmomsforum
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Well, apparently its the code google add to the top of the page which sometimes effects pages using CSS (but only in IE).

    I found a decent explanation here: http://www.ilovejackdaniels.com/design/styling-google/

    In the meantime I'm using the <meta name="robots" content="noarchive"> to stop my site bein viewed via cache.

    Feel better now :) Thanks all for your input anyway.

    Claire

  12. sadish
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    atleast I am close to finding the issue

    I think it is because they have a top frame, that is causing the problem

    Good work newmomsforum !

  13. newmomsforum
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Actually sadish, I missed your suggestion that it may be that a few posts back!

    Thanks for your help, its appreciated and the general helpfulness of this community is great!

    Thanks all :D

    Claire

  14. newmomsforum
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    hmmm, hi all.

    Unfortunately, yesterday I realised that I have the same problems when viewing the site in IE 5.5 (I was updating the site via a cyber cafe yesterday and they were kitted out with 5.5).

    So, back to the drawing board with this one.

    Thanks to anyone who may have any pointers :)

    Claire

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