Google causing web stagnation?
It’s not an intended consequence, I’m sure, but it’s true nonetheless – I can’t build the pages I want to build because I have to design with Google in mind.
The pages look no different to a normal person – but they feel much snappier. That’s a big win for my customers. Losing Google indexing, though, is too precious. Google wields enormous power.
I’ve thought about sniffing the User-Agent and rendering the page “the old way” for crawlers and “the new way” for humans, but apparently this can get me big black points in Google’s index. Which is sorta silly, because if you compare the old way and the new way side-by-side in a browser – they look identical. It’s just that one was partially rendered via AJAX and the other was sent in HTML/CSS on the GET query. Apparently that’s enough to get me beat down, though. 😦
Anyone have any other ideas?