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Switching Over From Shtml To Php
Posted 18 May 2004 - 10:23 AM
Posted 18 May 2004 - 11:21 AM
The file extension does not matter whether it be htm, html, asp, cfm, php, etc. You should most definitely set up 301 redirects and yes you will lose rankings but only temporarily. That is a normal process for any major site modifications.
Posted 18 May 2004 - 10:03 PM
If there's any way you can maintain the base file names it would be wise. Then you can perform the 301's considerably easier by simply replacing the extension.
Posted 23 May 2004 - 01:12 AM
search google for 'forcetype php'
If you converted all the pages and then uploaded them as these new types you could manage to change over to php with little or no downtime.
Posted 25 May 2004 - 04:43 AM
However, as we have also significantly redesigned the site structure, added new pages etc. we have also published two versions of the new pages at the domain. One version in the new structure using a new, better, filename with the .asp extension, and the same page published in the old structure with the old filename and extensions (i.e. .cfm or .html). These pages all have the new navigation with the links pointing to the new .asp pages.
This increases admin for a while, but once the new pages have picked up their PR and ranking then we'll stop maintaining the copies that have the old names.
I can't comment on how effective this will be, or how long it will take before we can drop the old names as we're just implementing it now, but we're hopeful it will provide a smooth transition with little or no impact on the rankings.
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