STatic vs Dynamic URL`s

SJLewisSJLewis subscriber Posts: 1
Greetings, I have read a lot about static vs dynamic URL`s. As I understand it, search engines rate static URL`s higher than dynamic. I know that the code must be written to my .htaccess file to convert the dynamic to static looking. My website produces dynamic URL`s and is database driven.
 Do I understand this correctly? Do search engines rate static URL`s higher than dynamic? Is the difference worthwhile?
 I need all the help I can get.
Steve Lewis SJLewis3/21/2009 9:22 PM


  • WeblineWebline subscriber Posts: 13 Bronze Level Member
    I don`t think it`s so much a matter of ranking them higher .... basically, it used to be that after 3 or 4 variables in the url, the spiders just couldn`t/wouldn`t deal with them .... rewritten url`s eliminate that problem, as well as look much better for your users .... but, setting up the htaccess part of it can be tricky.
    In a nutshell, if the original dynamic url looked like this:
    www.somesite.tld/product.php?id=456&nam ... size=large
    You could rewrite it to look like this:
    Your site links would need to point to the rewritten url, not the dynamic one, and then in your htaccess file you need to place the rewrite rule. There are many tutorials and htaccess generators online to show you the code you would need for this.Webline3/22/2009 11:14 AM
  • TrafficVaultTrafficVault subscriber Posts: 0
    Hi all,
    Its not as much that search engines don`t like dynamic URLs, its just in the past that most of them were unreadable.  Even now, if you have two many variables they won`t get read properly.  Your best bet is to create a URL rewrite that incorporates a keyword into the URL so that it will give you a boost for ranking for the terms you are targeting on that page.TrafficVault5/8/2009 5:53 PM
  • clapcreativeclapcreative subscriber Posts: 36 Bronze Level Member
    Static url is better( seo friendly and fast indexing).

    There can be a possible pondering over the choice of having a dynamic or a static website. There are a few points which can help us understand which URL type is better. These points are on the URL structure as well as the implications of such URL structures on site performance.
    Dynamic URLs are less friendly to search engines – It is fact that search engines do not like dynamic URLs. If we try to understand the URL structure of dynamic and static URLs, then we may have a clarity on the reasons thereof: let us take an example of a dynamic website, which may look something like this:
    On the other hand, a static site, having a URL that does not change, may look something like this:
    If at all dynamic URLs like above get indexed, they do not get indexed as quickly as their static counterpart. The search engine prefers to index pages which are unique. Search engines handle such URL issues by truncating after a specified number of variables [for example a question mark (?) or and (&)]. The phenomenon can be understood with the below example: /forums/thread.php?threadid=12345&sort=date /forums/thread.php?threadid=67890&sort=date /forums/thread.php?threadid=13579&sort=date
    All the URLs point towards three different pages. What the search engine does is that it purges the URL the moment it encounters the first offending character; in our case the question mark (?). The resultant is as under: /forums/thread.php /forums/thread.php /forums/thread.php
    All the different pages are truncated to the same URL. This now cannot be indexed.
    There are well known example of dynamic URLs which are at risk of losing search engine positions due to their dynamic types. For example, websites for e-commerce stores, forums, content management, blogs etc.
    Static URLs generally ranked fairer in search engine results, primarily because they are indexed faster than dynamic URLs.
    Dynamic pages generally do not have keywords embedded in the URLs, while it is strongly recommended to have URLs which are rich in keywords. This fact is now established after the recent studies on ranking methods of Google, Bing and Yahoo
    Conclusively, we can state that static URLs are more SEO friendly than dynamic URLs.
  • anushkachhakrabartianushkachhakrabarti subscriber Posts: 219 Silver Level Member
    A static URL is one in which the content of the web page remains the same as long as the changes are not hard coded within the HTML. On the other hand, a dynamic URL is one which is a result of a search within a website driven by a database running on some script.
  • saravanansaravanan subscriber Posts: 389 Silver Level Member
    A static URL is pointing to a file or a page that was already created. A dynamic URL generally references a page that is generated based on what you enter. The most common example is a search page. It never existed before you searched for it.
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