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Can I have an index.php as well as a index.htm on my site, so I can build the site on the server and then just 301 redirect index.htm to index.php when it's ready and then delete?
I'm also thinking of for the transition at least to try and keep the navigation pages named the same as well as keeping the navigation anchor text the same.
Would this be the right way to do this, do you think?
Any tips? As I mentioned I do pretty well in Google but I want to change my site into a more content managed site. I'm using Joomla.
With index.php as well as index.htm (but not index.html), by entering only the domain name, in my experience the browser will display the contents of index.php. For a homepage, many recommend just the domain with no index file in the URL - the same with subfolders:
But you can still open both an index.php and an index.htm by typing in the address or linking to each address.
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[edited by: Patrick_Taylor at 10:05 pm (utc) on Jan. 24, 2007]
On a related issue. Many folks who change from static to dynamic also change from HTML to XHTML. I've seen reports of folks having Google ranking problems when they have changed from HTML 3.2 to XHTML and CSS (both static and dynamic). Is this still an issue or has Google come into the real world.
or has Google come into the real world
Could be, last saturday (7 days ago) I completely changed a PR5 site, had to, it was a mix of php and html and folders and files all over the shop, it grew out of control in other words. Relatively small in size 80 odd pages.
This is the process I took (after reading here of course) I knew it was bad move but neccessary.
Completely built new site on spare domain first
Created 301 from old page to new pageORcategory for every single URL I couldnt do a mod_rewrite as it would have taken ME longer than the 301's
While creating the htaccess file I did the non www to www, index.php to / and the 404 just incase
Last Saturday morning, did a final check, deleted whole old site and uploaded new version with .htaccess, re-created G sitemap and told them to fetch it again.
This morning checked G sitemaps for errors, had 1, they wanted the site verifying again (could be coincidence as a few other sitemap sites have asked in the past for re verifying) chose meta verifying version, uploaded index.php verifyed OK, ran site: from within sitemaps and ALL new pages are indexed, and a few suplimentals, traffic over the week has been higher than average, added the sup URL's to the htaccess.
Will monitor traffic for a while too as I expect a drop sometime soon, if it doesn't I'll be quite chuffed.