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Sorry for this posting as looking at the previous postings I can see it has been covered but I am not very knowledgable on search engine info as I should be and I have a few questions.
Basically my site was html and with around 300 pages if I made one change to one page I would have to edit the other 299. I decided to go with the PHP method. I now have one main template page and the rest are content pages which are loaded via that one,
My question is how search engine friendly is this method? My site is updated five times per day which is why I opted for the php method and then thought of the search engine repercussions second.
I have heard this method is now okay with search engines as they can now index these without a problem, is this true?
One more thing I was getting a ton of hits from google/yahoo with various pages. I removed them from my server because I was updating with new ones. I'm now not getting hardly any hits from the search engine now. Is there a method anyone uses when in this situation other than keep the page up for the rest of eternity?
If the PHP method I mentioned above is going to make my site un-penetrable by search engines then how can I change this (with as little work as possible) so search engines love my site again?
Sorry for the mega long post, when I get going...
On the other hand, plenty of people who have sites with ?s in the URLs get crawled deeply and have good rankings.
You should make sure that the old addresses have good 404 error pages to guide visitors into your site, and that any links from other pages to the old addresses are changed.
for the back end to genarate static and integrate all the elements and services into one i use dirthsearch; a wonderful application, has not been updated for a year or more but is very powerfull, much much better than nuke or anything else i have seen. it cant generate static but i have modified it and works fine.