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search engine friendly url's

Hi,

I am looking at ways of converting URL's to be search engine friendly.

now I know that in cold fusion and asp you can use a / instead of a ? in between your file and passed variables.

This IS possible on IIS 5 + CF and ASP, but I cant find a way to do it with PHP on IIS 5.  Can anybody help?

Thanks
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us111Commented:
you can use url like that:
http://www.sddsdd.com/test.php/testdirectory/index.php

then print $QUERY_STRING
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mmc98dl1Author Commented:
iis wont do this. we tested this IIS takes test.php as a directory name then looks for testdirectory and the file called index.php in there.


this means you need directories or virtuals.

we kinda thought it would work too - alas not.
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mmc98dl1Author Commented:
andriv - this is the kind of thing I have seen already.  fundamentally has the same problem, IIS always goes all the way to the end of the url - if there is no folder or file there it throw the 404.

this means that the first bit back to the SE is an HTTP 404 - not 200 OK. So the user will get a nice result as the 404 can process the page and give em the nice result they were after, but the SE gets 404 and thats not a good thing.
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us111Commented:
with Apache you have mod_rewrite which allows you to rewrite URLs. Maybe a same system works for IIS.
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mmc98dl1Author Commented:
interesting, we havent seen it yet, but i dont think the big M would have thought about something like that do you?
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us111Commented:
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mmc98dl1Author Commented:
us111 - works for asp. not php.

thanks anyway.
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mmc98dl1Author Commented:
we have actually found an answer for this - do I need to post it?

What do I do with the question if noone answered it? do I delete it?
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us111Commented:
yes post it. it could be useful.

ask the EE community to PAQ the question & give it back to your points
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mmc98dl1Author Commented:
if(isset($_SERVER['QUERY_STRING'])) {
       $_GET['path'] = "/" . ereg_replace("404;" . DI_HOST_NAME . "/", "", $_SERVER['QUERY_STRING']);
       if(substr($_GET['path'], strlen($_GET['path'])-1) == "/")
        $_GET['path'] = substr($_GET['path'],0,strlen($_GET['path'])-1);
      }

this gets the query string if there is one.

and we use IIS - the 404 is the php script that retreives the page from the DB, so basically feed the new URL to the 404.
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moduloCommented:
PAQ'd and points refunded as proposed

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