Hello, I'll admit from the begining that I did not know exactly where to submit this question, so here goes nothing! :)
I am currently in a very long discussion with several people about a subject that has probably been covered no less than a million times, but I still can not find a definative answer to my question. ...Then I remembered experts-exchange! Before I became an internet entrepenuer, I worked for a large insurance company, and everyone here was always able to help me with my Unix software development issues, so I though that maybe I would try the "experts" once more for a good, honest, indepth answer.
Here is the issue. What kinds of pages web and SE robots can and can not read. I know that it is different depending upon what companies robot you are talking about, but I think that they all generally work the same, in some ways. The page that I have in question is located here, please feel free to take a look at it: http//www.unique-wholesale-source.com/powerpartners.php
This page has a directory of links that loads via this script: http//www.unique-wholesale-source.com/powerpartners.txt
which is embeded in the middle of the page.
So when you look at the source in your browser, all of the links are there, but before the page loads (before the php script is executed) only the PHP code and the rest of my template is there. Now, I know that the Apache server executes scripts before the page is loaded and not the browser, so my question is, do you guys think that a bot would be able to crawl this page? If a bot sees the link on my homepage to this page, requests the page, and is presented the page by the Apache server, will all of the links be there for them to be crawled?
This issue, as you can probably tell from looking at the page, could become quite an issue with me. Because, if the links can be crawled, then it is a very good thing for all involved, but if they can not be crawled, then this guy is just ripping me off! Along with everyone else that uses his service.
I am sorry if I have confused the issue here, but basically I just want to know what a bot will be presented with when they request pages that have scripting on them such as this. It applies to linking here, but it could also apply to other parts of a web site as well. I am not referring to pages that are named *.php or *.asp or whatever, but I am referring to a regular page that may include scripting in addition to regular HTML.
Thank you for any advice that you may send my way. It will be greatly appreciated.