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I will be making some changes on my webpages early next year.
At the moment I'm using html and I'll be changing it to .shtml.
Would the search engines still track my pages after the upgrades? And what about the link exchanges that I've had so far? (all of my link partners are linking to the index.html - when the upgrades take place it'd be index.shtml).
I've also read one post that suggests to mod the .htaccess file, adding: AddHandler server-parsed .html, the problems are I have no idea if my server host supports Apache and there is one .html file in my public_html directory that I want to exclude from being named to .shtml. (I have 60 pages total).
What should I do?
Would the search engines still track my pages after the upgrades?
Why wouldn´t they?
And what about the link exchanges that I've had so far?
Obviously the links will still point to the old URIs unless you get them changed.
As a general rule it is advisable to change the interface of your website as little as possible. If you can achieve your aim by changing the server config you should certainly do so.
To give you any meaningful advise it is absolutely neccessary to know what webserver your host is running. Learning which server your host uses should be your first priority.
If your host is running Apache you probably want to use the XBitHack [httpd.apache.org] to tell Apache which files to parse as SSI files.