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Omit file extensions for SEO purposes
how to set up server to omit file extensions

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Msg#: 4647 posted 9:36 pm on Jul 4, 2006 (gmt 0)

Hi guys, wasnt sure where to post this but I thought I'd start here and work my way through until I find an answer.

Question: I've been reading that it's best to omit the file extension for longevity of site structure and for seo purposes also. I'm started a new site that will have a lot of articles, revies, etc. and I was wondering 1)how I would set up the server with my hosting service to omit the file extension, and when and if this is possible 2) what would be the best type of system to arrange my folders for a site.

All help is greatly appreciated, and any refering links would be a great help also!

[edited by: txbakers at 1:25 pm (utc) on July 5, 2006]
[edit reason] no need for hosting info [/edit]



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Msg#: 4647 posted 1:28 pm on Jul 5, 2006 (gmt 0)

Hi, it sounds like you are talking about URL re-writing, which hides the file extension and makes the URL look like it's accessing a directory.

There are all kinds of resources out there to help you do this. If you are on a NIX system, you'll need to master the .htaccess file syntax to do this for you.

On Windows you'll have to buy a component called isapi_rewrite.

Personally, I've never done this to my sites, and haven't had a problem.

The main reason people do this is so that they can 1) change technologies without having to worry about SEO, and 2) change file names without messing up page rank.


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Msg#: 4647 posted 10:26 pm on Jul 5, 2006 (gmt 0)

Thank you.

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