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    I promote websites professionally.
    One of the major factors for an all round promotion is that of search engine optimization.

    I'm about to launch my webpromotion website using phpbb. Its a good forum, but it seems to have one major drawback. You can not make the forum pages search engine friendly :-/
    By that I mean the url is flattened so that the "?" and "&" and other special characters are removed from the url. thisis inoportant as only one search engine can index them properly and that is google. Even google will not perform a deep crawl with them meaning only those pages with such query strings will be indexed IF the linking poge is NOT a dynamic url.

    I don't want to go too deep as it gets a tad technical. I was advised on the phpforum to rewrie mods etc.

    Anyway, i came across this excellent VB forum today...

    http://www.visualbasicforum.com

    The urls are flattened and the reult of this is that no less than 1,380 postings are indexed in Google (!!). (http://www.google.com/search?q=site:...8&start=0&sa=N )


    FYI this domain has 184 pages indexed http://www.google.com/search?q=site:...8&start=0&sa=N

    Most fo which are non dynamic although some dynamic pages are indexed. thes are most likely those linked from .html pages.

    So the long and short of it is. if VB2/3 can EASILY do what visualbasicforum has done then I will deleting phpbb and you got yourself a customer.

    BTW, the forum in question is http://www.abakus-internet-marketing.de/foren/index.php

    It will be a German language forum theme web promotion.

    Many thanks in advance for your feedback.

    Regards
    Alan

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    vBulletin 2 can use flat URLs via hacks at http://www.vbulletin.org/ . vB3 has an "archive" feature built in that can already do this (vB3 is still in beta and won't be out in final for a while but it is a free upgrade for vB2 owners).
    --filburt1, vBulletin.org/vBulletinTemplates.com moderator
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    • #3
      mod_rewrite

      Thank you for prompt reply. The hack at vbulletin.org does indeed use mod_rewrite but it seems much more easier than what I saw for phpbb as a possible solution.

      Unfotunately I do not have any server side scripting skills and have no idea how to make a mod rewrite or more importantly if I have mod_rewrite capability on my server. id there any way I could test it out? I do know i can use .htaccess but I believe that is not the same (he said)

      Thanks again
      Alan

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      • #4
        mod_rewrite is already installed by most shared hosts on their Apache configuration.
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        • #5
          test?

          Any idea, with a simple test, how i could find out for sure?

          I want the equivalent of visualbasicforum.com and I'd be even prepared to pay someone to make the adjustments for me if it comes to it.

          Alan

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          • #6
            Make a phpinfo() file. That is, make a file called phpinfo.php with this contents:
            PHP Code:
            <?
            phpinfo
            ();
            ?>
            Under Loaded Modules under Apache when you view the page in your browser, mod_rewrite should be listed.
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            • #7
              phpinfo

              thanks for the info!
              creating the page as we speak :-))

              Will let you know.

              alan

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              • #8
                phpinfo

                I be in business :-))

                ...mod_access, mod_rewrite, mod_alias,...

                I will speak to the owner of virtualbasicforum.com and see if it was easy to do. I do not want to purchase until I'm 100% sure I can flatten urls effectively.

                Regards
                Alan

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                • #9
                  Glad to be of service.
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