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The Apache "mod_rewrite": Best SEO Practices Tool

The Apache web server has a module called mod_rewrite which allows a URL in the client's browser to redirect to another URL, all by manipulation on the server side and without any change in the client's submitted URL.

mod_rewrite helps to create "clean URLs" and this module is commonly used by many CMS and blogging platforms like WordPress and Drupal.

To check if mod_rewrite has been enabled or not, just create an empty (xyz).php file anywhere on your web root and write the following line:

            <!--?php phpinfo(); ?-->

Open this file in any web browser using http://domain/xyz.php and check out apache2handler. mod_rewrite would appear there if it is enabled.

    Consider a website which takes input in the form http://abc.com/name.php?q=sachin. This looks ugly and is not search engine friendly. We would like to have something like http://abc.com/name/sachin. This would be nice and easy to remember. For this let us create a rule for mod_rewrite.
        
        RewriteEngine On
        RewriteRule ^name/(\w+)/?$ name.php?id=$1

The Rewrite engine is going to examine the incoming URL requests and convert the friendly URL into the URL understandable by the server!!

Sachin Monday 24 June 2013 - 8:31 pm | | Default
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