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Looking into that I was thinking if the same rule could apply when you name your html pages and it can be important for the Search Engines. ie:
What do you think is better, 1 or 2 from below and why? :
I used to use #2 because looks more natural for me, that's it. But since I knew about the domain name rules I have been thinking that use #1 could be better, what do you think?
Of course this would apply to a new fresh site or new pages only, a site already running should not change the page names if those are already indexed.
Do a search in the forums for GoogleGuy's post.
is not only advised there to use hypens '-' to separate the words in the URI, also is advised to use only lowercase for the URI, short URIs and the most important, a disscussion and reference to an article about to eliminate the extension files like .html, .asp, .php, .jpg and so on .. so.. the killer page would be like
very good post there.
My conclusion is that this-is-word will be better parsed that this_is_a_word.. it seems to apply also for domain names, every body says that thisdomain.com is better that this-domain.com, and it is, but if your are lookign for better SERPs based ok kewords in your domain the second option will be better.
Now, to remove the extension from the URI you can use a simple mode rewrite in your htaccess file or the conf file for apache.
do a search on this forum, you will fine many topics .. some of them will be me asking for help :-) then jpmorgan, the expert here, will be the best adviser.