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    Help with being search engine friendly

    Okay, I just read this article, http://www.sitepoint.com/article/sea...-friendly-urls, and it says that some search engines don't index pages that have ?'s in there URL.

    This gives me a problem.

    I have my index page that when you click I hyperlink it just does a link /?p=apage and then it takes that value of p and using require() I pull it in.

    Can somebody give me an alternate way to do this that doesn't require using a ? in the URL?

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    I wouldn't be too concerned about it really.

    The major search engines (MSN, Google, MSN, etc...) have been quite successful at parsing querystrings with ? and & in them for quite some time.

    If you're overly concerned about it there are numerous articles that cover rewriting querystrings. Here's one about Apache and PHP:
    http://www.devarticles.com/c/a/Apach...cer-Page-URLs/

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    Okay, thank you for your help. I will look into the link you gave me.

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    No worries,
    and as I mentioned in my post search engines are really quite good at handling links.
    For instance here are some Google indexes of this type of url:
    HERE

    As far as I know Google and Yahoo have been able to handle these URLs for more than 3 years.
    Andrew Wasson | www.lunadesign.org
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    The problems may arise when using sessionID in URL. Also, InktomiSlurp has known issues with truncating long query strings.

    However this is really not major concern, nowdays you should use SE friendly URLs merely for SEO purposes, don't worry about indexing...
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