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What is a Canonical tag?

To put it simply a canonical tag is an HTML tag used to indicated to search engines that similar URLs are actually the very same page. The canonical tag is added to pages using a link element in the HEAD of the HTML document.

If two URLs contain the same canonical tag this indicates to search engines to index the pages as a single entry.

For example take the following URLs:

  • https://www.liquidweb.com/kb/
  • https://www.liquidweb.com/kb
  • https://liquidweb.com/kb/
  • https://www.liquidweb.com/kb/?hello=world

Technically these are all the same exact place, meaning they all pull up our KB home page even tho they have differing URLs. To Google and other search engines these all would be indexed and crawled as individual pages, even though they’re all the same exact content.

Enter the Canonical tag!

With use of the canonical tag we can indicate to search engines that these differing URLs all serve the same resources or page. Continuing with our example the canonical page used would look like:

<link rel="canonical" href="https://www.liquidweb.com/kb/">

With this Meta tag included in our documents HEAD, then we should see all of the example URLs indexing as the same page.


Exactly what does a Canonical tag do?

Canonical tags specify for Search Engines what the ideal URL to index a page our resource is. Like most other HTML meta tags, the canonical tag doesn’t directly affect how a user interacts with your website. It simply helps you signal to search engines what your preferred URLs are.

Why should I use Canonical tags?

Canonical tags should be used anytime you’re serving the same content from multiple URLs. The affected URL variations include changes to: protocol (http vs https), query parameters, and (of course) URL structure. Implementing Canonical tags is especially useful if you serve the same content over various URLs. This is often referred to as the “Duplicate Content” problem when looking into a websites SEO performance.
Additionally, in the case of URLs with query parameters, it helps ensure that search engines only index a page with the “cleanest” form of the pages URL. This can help prevent pages with query parameters from being indexed separately from your main page.

To 301 redirect, or to Canonical; that is the question.

If you’re familiar with the topic of SEO then you know just how important properly redirecting your URLs can be. So you may be wondering, “Why not just redirect these pages?” and that’s a great question! If you ever have the option you should always add a redirect. Think of canonical tags as a way of clearing up a potential ambiguity (if the same content is visible on two pages), where as a 301 redirect removes any potential ambiguity. That said, you should essentially always aim to include Canonical tags since they help cover URL variations based on query parameters as well.

Canonical tags and You!

So as we’ve touched on Canonical tags can be a very powerful tool in a web professional’s toolkit. By properly implementing Canonical tags you can often see an improvement in the way your website preforms in search. As with all great power comes great responsibility; this article should serve as a primer for your knowledge on Canonical tags, but the journey shouldn’t end here. There are a lot of great resources that go into greater detail on Canonical Tags, the best practices around them, and so much more!

Checking Liquid Web Services Status

Liquid Web promises you a 100% uptime guarantee for your servers and services, and we hold to our promises by offering the most competitive SLA credits in the industry. You can read about our promise to you in our Terms of Service. But sometimes, bad things happen. Never fear! You can check the status of all services online at Liquid Web. Checking the status will help you troubleshoot and make sure that a service is really down, or if another issue is preventing you from reaching your sites and services.

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Value Added Tax (VAT) Information & FAQ

Value Added Tax (VAT) or Goods and Services Tax (GST)

We have compiled a list of common error messages and possible solutions to help aid you when entering your VAT or GST. If you are noticing issues with validation, please check the list below for formatting examples.

CountryExample
AlbaniaA23456789B
Please remove any spaces.
AustraliaABN1234567890
Please remove any spaces.
AustriaATU12345678
Please remove any spaces.
BelgiumBE123456789 or
BE1234567890
Please remove any decimals or spaces.
BulgariaBG123456789 or
BG1234567890
Please remove any spaces.
CroatiaHR12345678910
Cyprus12345678X
Czech RepublicCZ12345678 or
CZ123456789 or
CZ1234567890
DenmarkDK12345678
EstoniaEE123456789
FinlandFI12345678
FranceFR12345678901
GermanyDE123456789
GhanaC123XXXXXXX
GreeceEL123456789
HungaryHU12345678 or
12345678
Only the first 8 numbers are required.
Please remove any spaces or dashes.
IcelandVSK123456 or
12345
Please remove any spaces.
Please add “VSK” to beginning of number.
India06AAACQ4267G1ZH
2 Digit State Code + 13 Character Alphanumeric PAN + 3 Random Alphanumeric Characters
Ireland IE1234567A
Please remove any spaces.
Israel 123456789
Please remove any spaces.
Italy IT12345678901
Please remove any spaces.
Latvia LV12345678901
Please remove any spaces.
Lithuania LT123456789 or
LT123456789012
Please remove any spaces.
MaltaMT12345678
Please remove any spaces.
NetherlandsNL123456789B01
Please remove any spaces.
New ZealandNZ1234567890123
Please remove any spaces.
NorwayNO123456789
Please remove any spaces.
PolandPL1234567890 or
1234567890
Please remove any spaces.
PortugalPT512345678
Please remove any spaces or dashes.
RomaniaRO12345678 (the number of digits may vary)
Please remove any spaces.
RussiaRU1234567890
Please remove any spaces.
SlovakiaSK0123456789
Please remove any spaces.
SloveniaSI12345678
Please remove any spaces.
South Africa4220122222
Please remove any spaces.
SpainESA12345678 or
ESA1234567A
Please remove any spaces or dashes.
SwedenSE123456789012
Please remove any spaces.
SwitzerlandCHE123456789 or
CH123456
Please remove any spaces, decimals, or dashes.
United KingdomGB999999999
Please remove any spaces or decimals.

If you have any questions about this, please contact our Billing Team at billing@liquidweb.com.

What to expect for a Windows Server Migration?

If you ever need to upgrade the hardware on your Windows server, Liquid Web’s Windows team is happy to help you through the migration process. While it is not the most simple process, keeping in communication with our Heroic Support teams will help make things go smoothly. Before beginning a Windows server migration it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the overall process so you know what to expect.

Things to Consider

There are a few things to keep in mind when starting a migration. Review the items listed here to make sure you’re prepared for the process. Continue reading “What to expect for a Windows Server Migration?”

Kickass VPS Acquisition FAQ

Who is Liquid Web?

  • Liquid Web has been a leader in hosting for 20 years.
  • Five geographically diverse data centers serving 32,000 customers globally.
  • Certified technicians available 24/7/365 ready to assist you however you want – phone, chat, online.
  • Experienced leadership and sound financial backing from one of the most respected private equity firms in the world – Madison Dearborn Partners.
  • The best customer service in the web hosting industry. We are incredibly proud of our industry-leading customer satisfaction scores as measured by our six-month average Net Promoter Score of 71 – higher than any other hosting provider!

What can Liquid Web do for you?

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Featured Video: How to Add a Site to Liquid Web’s Managed WordPress

In this Knowledge Base article we feature a tutorial video provided by AJ Morris, our Managed WordPress product manager. In this video AJ will show us how simple it is to set up a site in your Managed WordPress Portal.

Whether you’re building a site from scratch or migrating one over, this will be a great place to start. Continue reading “Featured Video: How to Add a Site to Liquid Web’s Managed WordPress”

Using Bulk Optimization in Managed WordPress Portal

One of the biggest reasons for poor web page performance, are images being added to sites that are far larger than needed. Managed WordPress Portal partnered with TinyPNG to provide a solution for site slowness due to over-sized photos. The Compress JPEG & PNG images plugin from TinyPNG is included in your hosting package, free of charge. This plugin allows you to be proactive and solve the technical burden of getting your site to load up quickly.

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Using Cloudflare with Your Managed WordPress Portal

If you have enabled Cloudflare for a site in your Managed WordPress Portal, you may run into an issue where you are unable to update the domain name. When you attempt to change the domain name to the one you want visible to the customer, an error message will show in your site dashboard. Continue reading “Using Cloudflare with Your Managed WordPress Portal”

Using the Visual Comparison Tool in Managed WordPress Portal

Managed WordPress Portal provides you an easy way to view the visual changes to your website when you update plugins. With the Visual Comparison Tool, your Managed WordPress Portal will create a staging site, update your plugins and give you the ability to see what changes (if any) the plugin update made to your site before it goes live. If there are no visual changes to the site, your plugins will automatically update on the live site. Continue reading “Using the Visual Comparison Tool in Managed WordPress Portal”