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Remove .html extension on all pages of my site[Help for Noob] D:

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4:48 am on Jan 11, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Hi Guys,

Ok, I'm completely new to this and would really appreciate some help. I'm trying to remove the .html extension at the end of my site pages.


My pages currently looks like this:


and I want them to look like:


My hosting is on godaddy shared windows. Whenever I try to manually change it to "http://www.example.com/about-us", I get a 404 error. I have tried to use .htaccess with no success, can it be used on a windows based server? D:

Please let me know how to fix this problem and thanks in advance.


10:50 am on Jan 11, 2010 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member piatkow is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 5+ Year Member Top Contributors Of The Month

I have never looked into the possibility of extensionless file names but I guess that what GoDaddy is trying to serve is www.example.com/about-us/index.html

I used an extensionless structure on a former site but did it at a folder level instead.


8:31 pm on Jan 11, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Hi Piatkow,

Thanks for the quick response. By doing it at folder level does that mean creating a folder(as in "about-us") and dropping the about-us.html page into it? Is this good for SEO?

Thanks in advance!


11:16 am on Jan 12, 2010 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Administrator phranque is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member Top Contributors Of The Month

you can do extensionless on a windows server if you have isapi_rewrite installed.

another way to do this (probably what piatkow is referring to) is if you can specify the default directory index document such as index.html and create a directory structure with names similar to your original documents.
then refer the the "extensionless" document with a trailing slash, which makes it a directory url.
that way a request for /about-us/ is actually served the file located at /about-us/index.html
it's not an ideal solution, but it may be your only option if you have limited control.


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