SEO: Using .htaccess to redirect www-root directory to www/home/

I want to know if the following is terrible or not with respect to SEO:

I have a small-site, structured in a pretty standard way: each page has its own directory off of the www root directory. I have a navigation bar file (located at the www root) that I include via php-includes on each page. My directory structure makes the nav-bar's references nice and simple. I have these pages:

My nav-bar file looks like this:
<a href="../home/index.php">Home</a>
<a href="../about/index.php">About</a>
<a href="../contact/index.php">Contact Us</a>

Then I just use a <?php include("../navBar.php"); ?> statement on each page to include my nav-bar.

But when someone navigates to , I need them to end up at www/home/index.php. So, at the root of the site (ie, the www directory), I have a .htaccess file that redirects to the home directory via the following line:
DirectoryIndex ./home/index.php

So what are the implications of that design with respect to search-engine friendliness?
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humeniukConnect With a Mentor Commented:
The purpose of the permanent redirect is to pass the value of incoming links to the destination page - incoming links are one of the most important ranking factors for the major search engines.  A permanent redirect - one that returns a 301 http code - is the most reliable way to do this.

If you do not specify, then it is regarded as a temporary (302) redirect and the search engines are less inclined to pass the value of those links to a temporary redirection/page.  Having said that, the SE's have gotten better at recognizing long term 302's as being essentially the same as 301's, but it's better to do it right from the beginning.
In terms of SEO, the proper way to do it is to make sure that you are using a permanent/301 redirect to redirect to your desired home directory/page.
MelvinivitchAuthor Commented:
Ok, I'll do that.

Just curious, though - what are the ramifications of doing it the way I outlined above?
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