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Posted 09 August 2005 - 05:34 AM
Posted 09 August 2005 - 05:39 AM
Some search bots have difficulties spidering pages with a large query string, last time I heard google could handle 5 (might be more now) like:
Websites use query strings to pass data between pages and is useful for sites which employ dynamic data from say a database. You can get around query strings using mod_rewrite - a most useful apache extension.
I personally use the page name as the variable... say if you have a page called contact.htm you can use say php to remove the .htm, then look up 'contact' in your db, and match some related content for example.
Posted 09 August 2005 - 05:49 AM
Posted 09 August 2005 - 07:01 AM
Posted 09 August 2005 - 07:29 AM
I can usually pass any data that I need to with that number, and all of the search engines seem to be able to handle that number with relative ease. There is more info on this subject in the Dynamic Sites section of the forums, which is where I'm going to move this to so that it gets better visibility.
Posted 09 August 2005 - 11:27 AM
Posted 11 August 2005 - 12:34 PM
Posted 11 August 2005 - 12:37 PM
I disagree with this and have not found it to ever be a problem.
First, dynamic URLs don't signify a constantly changing page. Second, so what if they did? The engines don't mind a constantly changing page. Some people, in fact, seem to think they like those. (I don't personally think they care either way.)
Posted 12 August 2005 - 09:46 AM
In the end though, I'll always code a site now to have static urls, but not because of SEO reasons. The ability hide the exact variable names going into my php scripts, as well as adding extra checking in the .htaccess file increases the security of the page making it a little bit harder for hackers to find problems in your code.
Posted 15 August 2005 - 02:10 AM
Also, if I happen to pop in the middle of a site from a search engine, I usually take a peek at the URL to determine where I'm located (especially if they don't provide a breadcrumb path).
Something for reference:
Just my two cents.
Posted 16 August 2005 - 11:24 AM
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