g1smd - 9:55 am on Nov 24, 2012 (gmt 0)
I prefer "pagename.html" ... ... I can create a static copy of my php pages and upload them to the server to completely get rid of the CMS or php script.
What the file is called has nothing to do with what URLs your site uses. You can use physical .html files on the server and one line of code associates the extensionless URLs with each file.
RewriteRule ^(([^/]+/)*[^/.]+)$ /$1.html [L]
But then, I don't like the idea of every URL having to be explicitly rewritten every time or it won't work.
Every URL request is rewritten. The default server action is:
RewriteRule (.*) /$1 [L]
It's hardly a great effort to alter that default URL to file mapping.
On the other topic, I started with a teleprinter and punched tape via the telephone in 1979 then the Research Machines 380Z in 1980, TRS-80 in 1981, and the BBC Micro in 1982 or thereabouts. First job used some sort of Apple machine. Second job had display terminals on an IBM System 36 or 38. Didn't use a PC until much later. Started with DOS 3.1 and changed to DOS 3.3 very soon after. First laptop had two 3.5inch floppy disks and NO harddrive. Heck!