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Customizing SMF => Building Your Community and other Forum Advice => Topic started by: ikramkhan on October 24, 2018, 10:17:57 AM

Title: Pretty URLs or Advance SEF URL? Which mod is better for Search Engine?
Post by: ikramkhan on October 24, 2018, 10:17:57 AM
Which mode should I use to rewrite the URLs? To make them search engine friendly? I have found two: Pretty URLs and Advance SEF URLs. Can you please help me which one is better and why?
Title: Re: Pretty URLs or Advance SEF URL? Which mod is better for Search Engine?
Post by: Kindred on October 24, 2018, 10:27:52 AM
neither one really matters.

Search Engines don't really care about the urls any more.

The only reason to use such things is for human readability, not search engines.
Title: Re: Pretty URLs or Advance SEF URL? Which mod is better for Search Engine?
Post by: ikramkhan on October 24, 2018, 10:32:48 AM
Well.... I have different views about that as I believe Google and other search engines gave importance if the Keyword is there in the URL...

Anyhow, I rephrase my question: Which mod is good for URL rewriting and why?  :D
Title: Re: Pretty URLs or Advance SEF URL? Which mod is better for Search Engine?
Post by: Arantor on October 24, 2018, 10:48:23 AM
They really don’t, and even if they did, you’re reliant on people making topics with keywords; reality is unless you’re editing every topic, they’re going to have horrible titles.
Title: Re: Pretty URLs or Advance SEF URL? Which mod is better for Search Engine?
Post by: GigaWatt on October 24, 2018, 06:22:30 PM
Not to mention that if some day, for some reason, you choose not to use SEF URLs and remove that mod from the forum, you'll end up with a forum that has a bunch of links that go nowhere ::).
Title: Re: Pretty URLs or Advance SEF URL? Which mod is better for Search Engine?
Post by: vbgamer45 on October 24, 2018, 06:48:41 PM
I do offer a reverter mod for Pretty urls if you choose to revert back to normal links
Title: Re: Pretty URLs or Advance SEF URL? Which mod is better for Search Engine?
Post by: GigaWatt on October 24, 2018, 06:50:06 PM
Hmmm... that's pretty interesting. Is it free? Link?
Title: Re: Pretty URLs or Advance SEF URL? Which mod is better for Search Engine?
Post by: vbgamer45 on October 24, 2018, 06:57:13 PM
Yes, it is on the google code site I think linked from the mod page
If not you can get it at https://www.smfhacks.com/index.php/topic,9675.new.html
Title: Re: Pretty URLs or Advance SEF URL? Which mod is better for Search Engine?
Post by: GigaWatt on October 24, 2018, 07:18:35 PM
The reverter is in RC2, should I be using that?

I do need to uninstall the mod first, right?
Title: Re: Pretty URLs or Advance SEF URL? Which mod is better for Search Engine?
Post by: vbgamer45 on October 24, 2018, 07:52:24 PM
Yes I believe so.
Title: Re: Pretty URLs or Advance SEF URL? Which mod is better for Search Engine?
Post by: ikramkhan on October 27, 2018, 10:01:29 AM
So, the main point is that I should not use any URL rewriting mod. And yes, it might be possible that someday I think about migrating my forum to some other script like phpBB or vBulletin and in that case, Google will find a lot of 404 error on my site as the same rewriting pattern might not be available on the new forum...

Thank you for the advice... It makes sense.