View Full Version : How should I label these headers?

12-15-2010, 08:38 PM
On my main page is a descending list of the latest news posts along with their title. Should I label the most recent title as my <h1> and the the next descending 5 as <h2>-<h6>? Or should I:

<h4>...? Or what combination?

http://www.cineweekly.com/test.php (may look weird, I'm playing with the CSS)

12-15-2010, 09:22 PM
Hello cineweekly.com,
I don't see any problem with re-using a heading tag.
Use h1 for the main heading, h2 for a sub-heading and, if h3 is next in line for the heading on a preview, then all the the previews can use h3 for their heading.

Is that what you're asking?

12-15-2010, 09:31 PM
Yeah, I don't see any other way to add heading tags to my main page. Would changing the headings every day on the main page affect SEO?

12-15-2010, 09:32 PM
Why would you change them every day?

12-15-2010, 10:16 PM
Because I make new posts every day and the title appears on the main page.

Today it would look like this:
Dec. 15th <h1> C Title </h1>
Dec. 14th <h2> B Title </h2>
Dec. 13th <h3> A Title </h3>

Tomorrow would look like this:
Dec. 16th <h1> D Title </h1>
Dec. 15th <h2> C Title </h2>
Dec. 14th <h3> B Title </h3>
Dec. 13th <h4> A Title </h4>

Any other way to do it? Or do I even need heading tags in the index?

12-16-2010, 08:50 AM
I'd make the heading on your page - CineWeekly - an h1, then all the film titles h2s. They're all equally important and hence should have the same heading level.

With your approach:

Dec. 15th <h1> C Title </h1>
Dec. 14th <h2> B Title </h2>
Dec. 13th <h3> A Title </h3>

that implies that B Title is less important, and part of C title etc, which isn't the case, and isn't semantic. So, I'd suggest:


<h2> C Title </h2>
<h2> B Title </h2>
<h2> A Title </h2>

12-16-2010, 09:23 AM
Well B Title would be less important once C Title is posted. Shouldn't I leave headers off my main page and only place them in the actual articles?

12-16-2010, 09:31 AM
There's no reason not to use headings on this page.

I think they're either headings or list items myself.

12-16-2010, 08:30 PM
That's what I would think too but neither is working out. I tried setting it up as a list all day yesterday but I couldn't get the whole hover state backgrounds and all the styling so I just stuck with what works. May not be 100% semantic (or even 50%) but it looks the way I want across all browsers. Also, two very popular movie sites, Ain't It Cool and JoBlo, don't have header tags at all and those are the only two I checked just now.

I don't think anyone's answered whether or not the daily changing of the headers would affect SEO.

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