A URL rewrite engine is software that modifies a web URL's appearance (URL rewriting). Rewritten URLs (sometimes known as short, fancy URLs, or search engine friendly - SEF) are used to provide shorter and more relevant-looking links to web pages. The technique adds a degree of separation between ...

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When is it worth it to make my URLs “pretty”?

We are in 2011, search engines are now using hundreds or thousands of parameters to weight a page. The URL is only one of them, is it still so much of an impact in the search results? People are ...
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SEO - reducing URL length

Take a recent question: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/6479771/properties-of-inner-exception-are-disposed Instead of having an integer, if we base 36 encode the question ID we get 3uvtn, cutting ...
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Different urls to same page and redirect

I have 3 urls leading to same page // as most pages are in google, my previous website's version http://mysite.com/1234.aspx // shortcut http://mysite.com/1234 // SEO url ...
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clean urls and differences in hosts

I am developing a relatively static website, where I want to be able to access each page without typing .html (or .htm or .xhtml ...) at the end (/about not /about.html). I am developing using the ...
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URL Rewrite to subdomains?

say i have a website with /article.php?id=1&category=Minecraft&Name=Lorem+Ipsum and /topic.php?category=Minecraft how would i setup url rewrite to make the topic pages being ...
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I need a little help with .htaccess rewrite

I need a little help with .htaccess file I have songs, singers and albums links I want to rewrite. I all ready rewrote the links and they are like this: the links for the songs is like this: ...
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htaccess rewrite problem

Maybe is best way to show my problem in one example. In my .htaccess : RewriteRule ^catalog/[a-z0-9_-]+-([0-9]+)/[a-z0-9_-]+-([0-9]+)/[a-z0-9_-]+-([0-9]+)/ ...
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help with htaccess code for navigation [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: I need a little help with .htaccess rewrite Hello, I need a little help with .htaccess file. I have songs, singers and albums links I want to rewrite. I already rewrote ...
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How do i force www subdomain on both https and http

For whatever reason I can't seem to get this right, I've looked at many examples on here and apache's website. I'm trying to force www.domain.com instead of domain.com on EITHER http or https but I am ...
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How does WordPress determine which template to show?

So I recently set up a Wordpress blog and I've noticed that when I make posts, the link is http://www.domain.com/?p=2. I was wondering how you could specify which file to use to parse such requests. ...
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Use .htaccess to rewrite requests for a PNG as a PHP GET variable

I'm REALLY bad with .htaccess files, and reading through the existing questions on SO only confuse me more (mainly because they're all situation-specific and don't exactly apply to my situation at ...
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Displaying “index.php” in URL

Is there a best practice/convention to have www.example.com as opposed to www.example.com/index.php in a site's URL? I made the links to the homepage relative (i.e. href="index.php") as opposed to ...
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Ars Technica .ars URL suffix — Vanity or SEO Benefit?

The Technology website Ars Technica has adjusted their URL rewrite rules to end with a .ars. Traditionally, sites have taken advantage of this URL rewriting capability to completely eliminate file ...
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How to track subdomains with Google Analytics while having mod_rewrite redirect to a subdomain?

When users come directly to domain.com or www.domain.com, I am redirecting them to shop.domain.com via this .htaccess rewrite: RewriteEngine on RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^www.domain.com$ [OR] ...
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Different robots.txt for two different domains point to same folder

I have the following two domains: domain.com test.domain.com Both point to same folder which is "public_html". What I want is a different robots.txt file for each domain. So when someone ...
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How to block access to a sub-site with mod_rewrite?

Let's say I have the sites siteA.com and siteB.com. They are hosted such that siteB.com actually points to siteA.com/siteB. How can I block someone from visiting siteA.com/siteB using mod_rewrite? ...
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In a URI, what does the suffix “.do” stand for?

I see URI ending in ".do" on some enterprise websites. I've always been curious to know what that stands for, but my Google searches have so far not turned up an answer. Here is an example from ATT ...
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htaccess rewrite - Associating subfolders of web root as index of domain

I've been trying to find specific information on the problem, but it all seems rather confusing or irrelevant. I have an Apache install with several subfolders with different websites. I need ...
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Rewrite for robots.txt and favicon.ico

I have setup some rules in which subdomains (my users) will default to where I have located the robots.txt, favicon.ico, and crossdomain.xml therefore if a user creates a site say ...
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How to add an exception to this rewrite rule

I need to change this so that one file in wp-admin is not forced through https: # add a trailing slash to /wp-admin RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} ^.*/wp-admin$ RewriteRule ^(.+)$ ...
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RewriteRules targeting a directory result in a gratuitous redirect

I have a standard CMS-like RewriteRule set up in my .htaccess: RewriteRule ^(.+)$ index.php?slug=$1 Let's say I have a directory called "foo" in the root directory. For some reason, if you hit the ...
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Please explain some of the features of URL Rewrite module for a newbie

I am learning to use the IIS Rewrite module and some of the "features" listed in the page is confusing me. It would be great if somebody could explain them to me and give a first hand account of when ...
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Domain forwarding with url substitution in the address bar

I have a blog being served by a machine I have at home. Since the ip can change i set up a dyndns domain to always point to that machine. However, I purchased a more friendly domain (at godaddy.com) ...
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Properly force SSL with .htaccess, no double authentication

I'm trying to force SSL with .htaccess on a shared host. This means there I only have access to .htaccess and not the vhosts config. I know you can put a rule in the VirtualHost config file to force ...
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Should I use subdomains or subfolders for my user groups?

I run a photography website where each user has its own subdomain (i.e. user.site.com). I'm thinking of adding user groups but I'm unable to decide if I should also associate a separate subdomain or ...
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Re-writing URL's with lighttpd

I'm using Lighttpd to serve a GET based API that I'm working on, and I'm having some difficulty with re-writing requests. My API calls are very simple. An example would be : ...
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Need help getting user friendly URL

I trying to get a user friendly URL. My current link is this: http://www.norwegianfashion.no/designers/?designer=Batlak-og-Selvig&bid=9 What I want is this ...
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How can I rewrite an old URL using variables to a static html page?

I am an htaccess newbee I am trying to redirect the old URLS for my site to the new URLS for my site. The old site used variables in the URL but the new site uses SEO friendly URLs. When I try to ...
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SEO and Changeable-But-Optional URL's

Is there any sort of downside for a URL being changeable? Take any stack exchange question for example. The URL looks something like this: ...
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URL rewritten pages take much longer to load

(Same issue as http://stackoverflow.com/questions/3987754/how-to-diagnose-htaccess-speed-issues-via-rewritelog but more clearly explained below) We have a site which has scripts like this: ...
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SEO benefits of URL as: www.example.com/category/subcategory/ [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: debating between different kinds of URL and see if one is more seo-friendly than other… Our SEO advisors are claiming that having our URLs in the form: ...
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Should I differentiate parameters in my URLs?

I think I read somewhere that it was a good practice to have certain "totally dynamic and irrelevant" parameters excluded from the nice URL rewriting techniques. Like here on the StackOverflow galaxy, ...
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Removing the script extension with URL rewriting on Apache

Given a (slightly theoretical) physical disk layout of: \products\cameras\50d.jpg \products\cameras\20d.jpg \products\lenses\18-55.jpg \products\lenses\28-135.jpg \products.php At the moment, I've ...
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Is using URL Rewritting the only way to make sure all pages are cached by Google?

If I keep the pattern (index.php?module=test&param=1) will pages be less likely to be indexed then if I use the pattern (test_param_1.html) ?
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What's the quickest/cheapest way to get URL rewriting implemented?

Related to another question - if you need to get URL rewriting implemented ASAP, what are some methods that you've used or know of that can speed this up?