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I have a client who currently ranks very well with their .asp site. They are in the process of changing their whole site to .php. I told them to do 301 re-directs if possible to the new pages, but that rankings would suffer until the engines crawl the new pages. Is this correct?
Also, some of their ranking pages on the old site will become directories on the new site. So for example:
OLD page: mydomain.com/ranking.asp
NEW page: mydomain.com/ranking
All links to the NEW pages will be to the directory paths. Will the search engine rank directory paths? Any problem with this method?
Thanks for any help.
For everything else, simply do not change the filenames. Assuming you are running Apache, add this to your root-level .htaccess:
AddHandler application/x-httpd-php .asp
Then you can alter your PHP app to use the .asp extension.