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I'm in the process to migrate a 160 pages HTML 4.0 site to a CMS (web publisher oriented, finally I found one)
I would like to know SE-wise, if I can safely use redirect for example, my URL format is: site.com/article.html in the CMS it will be something like site.com/category/ID/article.html
If I can use redirect what types of redirect should I use?
It would be "backwards compatible" such that if I put site.com/article.html in my browser's address bar (or if I do a search query that points me to your site.com/article.html url) your CMS would translate that url into site.com/category/ID/article.html and thus find the correct content data.
If you do a Google (or whatever other search engine you use) search for "mod rewrite" you'll find enough info to help you out.
The other possibility is seeing if your CMS handles this natively through some type of SEF url creation capability. In most of those cases you can manually create additional SEF urls. This would allow you to create the shortened url you're looking for.