Msg#: 3653025 posted 3:04 pm on May 18, 2008 (gmt 0)
I wouldn't necessarily say it's a bad practice, although you are increasing workload for spiders (which is to be avoided if possible) and it could lessen the benefit from linking to the pages if it's on a large scale (e.g. affecting a large number of URLs). Most sites with redirection systems link to 301s eventually.
Chained redirects are definitely one to avoid (i.e. redirecting to a URL that then redirects again).
Moving my root is not an option
Remember that you don't need to physically move a folder to hide it from URL requests. If the subfolder is superfluous to requirements (for instance if it's more about the underlying technology than a useful path for visitors, like subdomain.domain.com/cms/) then you could use mod_rewrite to serve content from subdomain.domain.com/ without the extra directory.
If that's sounds useful, you could have a go at the rewriting and then post over in the Apache forum if you run into problems.
Msg#: 3653025 posted 3:49 pm on May 18, 2008 (gmt 0)
Andy, thanks fro your answer. Im pretty "comfortable" with mod_rewrite and could do that (actually im already using mod_rewrite to from root to /folder), however the issue is that the root contains a number of folders I access from my root.
Here is an example of my root: /folder (this is my main application which I redirect root to) /folder2 /folder3 /folder4
folder2-4 are my assets folders that contain a lot of other stuff that the main application needs/refers to. Therefore moving my root logically or physically to folder is not possible. Or let me rephrase that, everything is possible, I just dont think that it would be justifiable with the amount of work needed...
Msg#: 3653025 posted 7:33 am on May 20, 2008 (gmt 0)
g1smd, I understand what you're saying, so I looked into this:
ibm.com does a 301 to a folder microsoft.com does a 301 to a folder godaddy.com does a 302 to a folder (and the new url has no pagerank - maybe due to the 302 or because its a new page) forums.bimmerforums.com does a 301 to a folder (no pagerank for new url) www.accenture.com does a 301 to a folder www.cocacola.com does a 301 to a folder www.elsevier.com does a 200 to a folder (using meta tag) and has PR9 (this is how i previously did my redirect) [answers.google.com...] does a 301 to a folder www.blogger.com does a 302 to a folder
I'd say if so many large companies is doing a 301 from root to a folder, little me should be ok :-)