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Best URL format for product page For SEO and user friendly philbish
I am trying to fix up my URL formats to help my search engine rankings.
Here is what I am thinking about:
Is there a better method?
[ ...] widget.com
I would recommend going for:
[ ...] widget.com [ ...] widget.com [ ...] widget.com
You may need to use re-write rules for that if your system produces search engine non-friendly urls.
Any idea how I'd need to re-write those rules?
Right now I am using "products" as a php script with no extension and it just looks at the path and parses it.
This article [ sitepoint.com] or this one [ evolt.org] should get you started in the right direction. philbish
Thanks for those links. I was thinking of using a 404 error page that would look in the path, and do a search on my site for products with a matching name. It would then pull up the product that has the matching name.
This would generate a 404 error which I could have go to a script that looks at the path. It would then pull up the product info page for red_widgets. Would there be any issues with speed if I used this method?
GoogleGuy has indicated fairly recently that dashes are preferable to underscores. DaveAtIFG
This would generate a 404 error That would tell spiders, "The server has not found anything matching the URI given," re: Status Codes [ w3.org].
I doubt if that's what you want to do.
Ok well I have it set up to redirect to a certain product page. It doesn't show the traditional 404 error page. To the user it looks like a normal page that they are expecting.
So, you're saying there is a way for the spider to get the status code? Is there a way for me to test this on my site to make sure I am getting the correct status code?
I have this at the top of my script:
header("HTTP/1.1 200 OK");
a way for me to test this This [ webmasterworld.com] should do it. philbish
Sweet! Thank you.
Looks like the headers are returning 200 for me. And I am now using dashes.
Is it best to use an extension on my URLs?
I would imagine google things a path with no extension is a directory.
And for my store: