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    HI

    I have a site which has some good listings including a few first places on the the top engines.

    I am about to effect a re-build of the site which will change all the file names from .html to .php and hence all my listings links will be dead. Am concerned about the effect this may have.

    I'll use an error 404 page to re-direct and I understand that the engines will re-index the site; but how long will this take and will my positions be effected? has anyone been through this process?

    Would be grateful for any points of view here!

    Thanks
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    Ahh, this is one of the reasons to use search engine friendly urls, if you ever update your server side technology your urls can stay the same.

    In your case what I'd do is use an .htaccess file to setup .html files to be parsed as PHP. That way you don't need to change any extensions.
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    Technically, a bit dim macdan's Avatar
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    thanks for that aspen - anybody else got an angle??

    Cheers!
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    aspen is right.

    For now you just need to wait until search engines re-index your site.

    All SE traffic will go to the custom 404 page you created.
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    Originally posted by aspen
    In your case what I'd do is use an .htaccess file to setup .html files to be parsed as PHP. That way you don't need to change any extensions.
    Hi Aspen,

    Do you have a code snippet of this? Also do you know a good introduction to .htaccess?

    Jamie

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    Here is a tutorial:

    http://www.freewebmasterhelp.com/tutorials/htaccess/

    Code snippet:

    AddHandler php-script .php

    Should work, if not there is another way you can do it:
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    OK. Here's what I would do:

    In your .htaccess, you can setup Apache to force a 200-OK header and then actually use a 302 status-redirect to show your new page without the search engines even knowing. SitePoint have a good article on this, so search for "apache .htaccess" and something should come up.
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    Great - thanks for all your comments.
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