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using PHP in a website - good or bad?

Discussion in 'HTML & Website Design' started by sc0ttish, Aug 28, 2006.

  1. #1
    Hi all,

    I'm in the process of designing a new website and planning on using alot of php includes for the header, footer and a few adsense things too.

    But before i start using it i want to make sure that google or any search engine dont mind it.

    Thanks
    sc0ttish
     
    sc0ttish, Aug 28, 2006 IP
  2. Wyla

    Wyla Active Member

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    they dont - im doing the same thing for my site
     
    Wyla, Aug 28, 2006 IP
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    php code is handled on your server, so the search engines can't distinguish between html and php at all. The only sign of its use will potentially be the .php extension and I do not believe that that has any effect at all.

    Just be careful not to use a lot of url data i.e.

    index.php?v=1&this=that&anotherthing=somethingelse
     
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  4. Wyla

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    why not? - whats wrong with that?
     
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  5. alext

    alext Active Member

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    It used to be that Google (and I assume other search engine spiders) had a hard time keeping track of url data while crawling. So if your site relied heavily on it, Google could not crawl/index your site properly. More recently they have improved but I think it is still wise to limit url data to a few variables at most.

    If you must use url data it is a good idea to use mod_rewrite to hide it.

    i.e.

    domain.com/?cat=garden&subcat=rakes

    to

    domain.com/garden/rakes

    In the second example not only are you hiding url data but you are making the url part of your seo effort.
     
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    Search engines may have problems reading the page query past the ? symbol etc, instead it is common practise to use mod re-write or better filenames such as /page-name etc
     
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    Is good, PHP is now most commonly used for Web :)
     
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    Yea, if instead of yoursite.com/index.php?page=main you would like to use yoursite.com/main , simply research how to use .htaccess on your server. google.com/search?q=using+htaccess
     
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    abcdefGARY Well-Known Member

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    I learned PHP includes from this forum and boy it saves me a lot of time. And it's SE friendly too.

    can someone further explain how to use .htaccess to change domain.com/index.php?page=blahblah to domain.com/blahblah ?

    thnx
     
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    yes i never knew that the index.php?kdfhskfhskfh was bad for SEO. I am going to research how to fix this (and then post it in my blog :D).
    Green left for all who helped me.
     
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    PHP is good, but if you just wanna keep it simple, HTML wont hurt.
     
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    html does hurt when you have tons of pages. Your finally done, then all of a sudden you spot and error. GG. You gotta go back and fix everything all over again. Here you got one page, edit the info and your done.
     
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    I am now html-free. Although I've had some good times changing every page. good times indeed.:eek:
     
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    I started using php on my media site, trust me, it's a wonderful idea. I update one page everyday and that's it! It's wonderful.
     
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    combined with CSS and you got yourself a two-page managment system. :D
    I have only used CSS once, and it is for a site I am still working on so we'll see how it works out. But so far so good.
     
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    Php for the win, html is so simple.
     
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