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Url Aliases And Search Engines
Posted 26 September 2008 - 12:29 PM
I'm building a site using drupal CMS.
It's going well but I have a search engine related question.
Drupal by default uses URLs like 'mydomain.com/node/14'
It also allows you to give a URL alias to each page so I could give an alias of 'about_us' or 'about_us.html' to the node mentioned above and then users could browse to the page using the URL 'mydomain.com/about_us' or 'mydomain.com/about_us.html'
My question is:
If a webpage does not have a file extension (e.g. .html) will search engines give it less weighting? or even ignore it?
i.e. should I tell the site admins to add '.html' to all their url aliases?
Posted 26 September 2008 - 02:35 PM
I would suggest not using the underscore as a word separator, though. It tends to get "lost" visually if the URL is reproduced somewhere as a link with an underline, and people are liable to mistake it for a blank space.
Posted 28 September 2008 - 12:53 PM
However if you were transitioning an html site to drupal, joomla, whatever CMS you choose then you might want to set up permanent page redirects for each page. With some CMS's you can do that in the CMS control panel and with others you may need to manually edit the .htaccess RewriteRules.
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