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  • How to remove "index.php?" from Home links?

    I have a forum where I would like to remove the index.php part of the Home links in my forum. It is actually the same here on vbulletin with the link:

    vBulletin Community Forum > vBulletin 3.0 > vBulletin 3.0 How Do I and Troubleshooting Forum

    The link in "vBulletin Community Forum" http://www.vbulletin.com/forum/index.php instead of http://www.vbulletin.com/forum/

    Maybe in this case it makes no difference but on my site I would like to direct all pagerank to www.vtctalk.com and not some of it to www.vtctalk.com/index.php?. You can see the example here: http://www.vtctalk.com/forumdisplay.php?f=15 (do a mouse-over on the VTCTalk.com - Video conferencing Forum link).

    So the question is, how do I change/get rid of this index.php? part of the "http://www.vtctalk.com/index.php?" link? Is there some template file I can edit or some other setting?

    All help and suggestions are greatly appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Martin.

  • #2
    Am I really the first to have this problem?

    Agian, any suggestions are very much appreciated...any..

    /martin

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    • #3
      I believe this requires modifying the code. We cannot officially support code modifications or forums running modified code, however you can try searching or asking for help with this over at www.vbulletin.org.
      Steve Machol, former vBulletin Customer Support Manager (and NOT retired!)
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      • #4
        Ok steve, I'll try the other forum then.

        Thanks!

        /martin

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        • #5
          You dont do nothing anyway about the PR, this is only a redirect modification but the URL already exist with index.php otherwise isn't impossible to open the site/page/forum..
          it don't influence your PR, just the URL look

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          • #6
            Hmm interesting point - but I don't understand how that is possible what you are saying.

            In my understanding of google spidering and PR links, google looks at the source code for the page and there finds <a href="http://www.vtctalk.com"> links. When I look at my source code now and before I see this:

            <a href="http://www.vtctalk.com"> (now for all Home links)
            <a href="http://www.vtctalk.com/index.php?"> (before for half the home links)

            So as I see it, redirect or no redirect, google's spider will now direct all PR to http://www.vtctalk.com instead of directing half to http://www.vtctalk.com/index.php?.

            In that sense I mean that now google only "sees" http://www.vtctalk.com and not also sometimes http://www.vtctalk.com/index.php?. I.e. more PR must be attributed to http://www.vtctalk.com.

            Or?

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            • #7
              Google attribute the PR where other site linked to you, if all the sites links to you at www.yoursite.com or www.yoursite.com/..
              anyway in my small, I know all search engine spidering all index.* pages, for example
              index.php, index.htm, index.html, index.asp, ecc...

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              • #8
                I don't believe this is quite as clear cut as some are saying. Many SEO's are highly concerned with internal link flow.

                Part of the theory is:
                If you get link juice coming to an internal page and that is returned to /index.html instead of / then you are diluting the effect.

                I'm so surprised that vBulletin doesn't accommodate for this, I wonder who is wrong?

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                • #9
                  The overall effect this would have on SEO is, in my opinion, incredibly minimal and easily offset by standard practices.

                  .2c
                  http://www.metalmusicians.org

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                  • #10
                    But why would it not be worthwhile to be able to switch in admin all vBulletin home links to / instead of index.html

                    Even if it's a minimal benefit, it may be worth the trouble of a click on an admin page.

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