I'm importing stuff from a Drupal site that has a couple of alias URLs:


My new site is a very simple CMS handmade in PHP by me as a practice. In the new system, the URL for each page has this format:


I've managed to rewrite all traffic to a PHP file (reenvio.php) using a rewrite rule:

My .htaccess file is like this:

Options +FollowSymLinks
RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{SCRIPT_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteCond %{SCRIPT_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteRule ^.*$ ./reenvio.php

My PHP file consults the database and do the redirects. So, when users type /node/123 they get redirected to /contenido.php?id=30

Is that a problem from an SEO perspective? My pages will still link to URLs like /my-alias-node-title but my users will end up seeing /contenido.php?id=30

Is there any way to address this issue in a different, better way? Because after all, the user still sees the ugly URL, so I assume Google sees it as well.

  • You are redirecting to URLs with question marks in them. That is changing your URLs for users and search engines. So I think the marked duplicate is appropriate, no? Apr 30, 2018 at 9:09
  • Not exactly, because the other question was about what is better for search engines (if I did understand it correctly). My question is if a simple redirection is enough for the url to be considered clean, because the link that appears in the page, after all, is /whatever, so I guess that it will be follower by a search engine, even if it end up being a dirty one...
    – Rosamunda
    Apr 30, 2018 at 19:11
  • I think I am finally understanding. I've edited your question based on our conversation. Feel free to fix anything I got wrong, but I think it is clear it is a different unique question now, and it should be answerable. Apr 30, 2018 at 19:49
  • Much clearer! Thanks Stephen! I'm argentinian, so, sometimes I get lost in translation :)
    – Rosamunda
    Apr 30, 2018 at 22:40


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