Is it better to make clean URL's using index files in directories or simply using mod_rewrite rules to remove the file extensions?

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    Whatever helps to keep you organized. If you have lots of pages you're gonna hate having lots of directories.
    – John Conde
    Aug 9, 2013 at 18:31
  • How would you propose to implement the "index files in directories" in order to make clean URLs?
    – MrWhite
    Aug 9, 2013 at 19:34
  • Just read up on mod_rewrite to come up with the solution that best fits you. net.tutsplus.com/tutorials/other/… Feb 4, 2014 at 16:39

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There is no need to remove file extensions in order to create "clean URL's" as a URL with a file extension is no messier than one without a file extension. If you absolutely need to remove the file extensions then it is easier to use mod_rewrite as you won't need to create such a complex directory structure to achieve what files can achieve instead. As a side note if you use mod_rewrite and use a basic rule to remove the file extension you will need to make sure that all the files in question have the same file extension (ie: all files are .html files) otherwise you will need to create a separate rule for each file.

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