I am working with a client who has a website set up with PHP based CMS. The CMS is proprietary to the host.
Here is what I am trying to achieve and the problems limiting me.
- I only know HTML / CSS, with the main focus on SEO, conversion optimization. PHP is mystery to me, and although I would love to learn it, this wont happen for a while.
- Their website is set up with PHP based CMS, proprietary to the host.
- I much prefer HTML / CSS, therefore I copied the website on my hard drive in HTML.
The problem is that all the URLs on the LIVE website do not have .html extensions, however my copy on the hard drive does.
For instance, the live website URL structure goes like this: website.com/about_us
What I have is website.com/about_us.html
When we transfer the host, and I upload the copy on the server, all the pages will have the .html extensions.
The biggest problem in this are Google rankings and links. Since Google shows website.com/about_us and all links point to website.com/about_us.
When I change that to HTML I am risking loosing rankings and links.
The only solution I thought of so far is 301 redirect of each page to the new .html extension.
Was wondering if anyone would be able to suggest other options.