Changing my homepage file extension - Google issues?

Hi

This is 2 questions really.

I am upgrading my very static website to something more dynamic.

Currently I have an index.html, plus quite a lot of static services pages which rank OK in Google.

I have installed a blog in a /blog directory and want to show recent posts on my homepage, which would mean changing from index.html, to index.php.

So question 1 is would this affect my Page Rank (currently 4) of the homepage/damage my Google listing/ranking

Second question, is whether adding a .htaccess file to re-write the URLs of my static site would also be bad, e.g changing from

domain.com/my-service-page-1.htm

to

domain.com/my-service-page-1

Do these old URLs (domain.com/my-service-page-1.htm) then become broken i.e. give a 404 error?

Thanks alot
reedy2kAsked:
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ashishjvwConnect With a Mentor Commented:
1. Why would you want to change from
domain.com/my-service-page-1.htm

to

domain.com/my-service-page-1

2. You can also use html/javascript to show recent posts.


Regards,
ASHISH T.
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humeniukConnect With a Mentor Commented:
When rewriting your URLs, you can set up a rule that will rewrite the old version to the new version and return a 301 http code (ie. permanent redirect).  This is the best way to go from an SEO perspective.

However, I agree with Ashish.  Why change my-service-page-1.htm to my-service-page-1?  The idea behind rewriting URLs is to make your URLs more user friendly and there is no benefit in this example.
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reedy2kAuthor Commented:
OK fair enough, the main crux of this question was in changing the homepage file extension anyway
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HackneyCabConnect With a Mentor Commented:
If you want every page to be parsed by PHP from now on (to allow blog entries on every page, for instance) you can add this line to your .htaccess file:

AddType application/x-httpd-php .html

Which tells Apache to use PHP to process all files that end with .html instead of just serving them.

If you only want index.html to be processed by PHP, then you can use a Files block, like this:

<Files index.html>
AddType application/x-httpd-php .html
</Files>

which would only affect index.html and leave the rest of your HTML files as normal.

These methods should both allow PHP processing without affecting your URLs at all. So Google won't be affected. (Unless you write really bad PHP.)
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humeniukCommented:
Suggest split between ashishjvw humeniuk & HackneyCab
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