Meta Tags can be a very useful element of HTML and web page design. You can use them to tell search engines about your site, to refresh a page automatically, to make sure a page does not cache and much more. Below you will find many of the most common and useful meta tags for your site.

To use a meta tag, simple change the values and add it to your page between the <head> and </head> tags.

  • <META HTTP-EQUIV="expires" CONTENT="31 Dec 1999 12:00:01 GMT">
    This meta tag tells the browser when to no longer use the cached version of your web site.
  • <META HTTP-EQUIV="Pragma" CONTENT="no-cache">
    This tag tells the browser not to cache a web page, which means that it will load from the web every time a user visits it.
  • <META HTTP-EQUIV="Refresh" CONTENT="0;URL=http://www.newurl.com">
    This tag tells the browser to go to a new page after a set amount of time. It can be used to have a page automatically update every so often or just to forward a user from one page to the next.
  • <META HTTP-EQUIV="Window-target" CONTENT="_top">
    This tag is designed to stop a page from loading in another frameset (doesn't always work).
  • <META NAME="keywords" CONTENT="specialistweb, free sites, tutorial, html, frames, meta tags, css">
    This meta tag allows you to enter keywords that can be used by search engines when indexing your site. Use up to 200 words, and don't repeat a word more then 3 times.
  • <META NAME="description" CONTENT="This is a Tutorial for SpecialistWeb Free Sites">
    This meta tag also works with search engines and provides a description for your site.
  • <META NAME="author" CONTENT="your name">
    This tells the search engine who made the web page.
  • <META NAME="robots" CONTENT="all | none | index | noindex | follow | nofollow">
    This last meta tag tells search engines whether or not they can index that page or follow links from that page.

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