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Google loves vanilla

edited August 2005 in Vanilla 1.0 Help
Just wanted to quickly note for everyone that google loves vanilla. My forum is being indexed thoroughly, and regularly, and is generating a fair bit of traffic via google. Doing a quick google query (http://www.google.com/search?q=site:36-degrees.co.uk/vanilla2&num=100&hl=en&lr=&c2coff=1&safe=off&start=100&sa=N&filter=0) shows that it has 129 results for pages within my forum, some of which are appearing really quite high for competitive keywords.

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    Nice! But still it'd be good if the URL's were friendlier. Get on it mark ;-)
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    lechlech Chicagoland
    nicer url's would be a plus, however it's not entirely even necessary. google does a good job following links on it's own and mod_rewrite only sweetens the job providing you know how to put up the proper regexp for it :P the only thing that needs to be added is a base location meta tag.
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    I think dreamhost still has mod_rewrite shut off, anyway.
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    Nope - I use it just fine, sauceruney. M.
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    mod_rewrite works peachy for me on DH as well.
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    It hasnt worked for me in three months.

    I'm going to have to open a support ticket.
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    MarkMark Vanilla Staff
    I've never been able to get mod_rewrite to work on any server I've ever run. I enable it and configure it, and nothing happens. Fun!
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    Given that Google is - and has been for a while - smart enough to deal with any nasty urls we throw at it, the reason I support the purty urls is purely from a usability perspective. I'd rather be presented with the link... http://lussumo.com/community/discussion/665/google-loves-vanilla than with... http://lussumo.com/community/comments.php?DiscussionID=665 I instantly have a clue as to what it's about, especially if I've bookmarked half a dozen discussions, it jogs my memory. Given that mark is completely rushed off his feet at the moment with a ton of other vanilla flavoured things, maybe someone well practised in mod_rewrite would care to take a stab at creating the appropriate rules, and searching through the source to document the required changes (for when urls are printed). I could offer to do the second part, but have had no experience with the first yet (although I really need to do something about that ^^)
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    There was another thread about such URLS. I made some mod_rewrite stuff, which would be trivial to change to what you suggested above. http://lussumo.com/community/comments.php?DiscussionID=648 I'm not sure how the version-ing works, but I suspect it's done locally to Mark. If someone starts changing code and sending it in, it's likely to clash with other bug fixes...and thinking about it, it's only likely to be no more than 30 links or so, which Mark tells me have a parameter class, which makes them easy to change. So, it's probably not /that/ much work... M.
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