how to make the urls seo friendly

I have apache server and website set up that uses PHP/MySQL

most pages on the website are dynamic (ie. use ?var=val )

how can I make them SEO friendly URLs?
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You can enable mod_rewrite on your apache server and configure it so typing in the following url


translates to


Setting up rules for mod_rewrite is complicated, but googling for 'mod_rewrite seo' yields some fairly easy to follow examples like

Then to actually make your web app search engine friendly you need to modify it so  that all internal links were rendered in the new way, otherwise search engines will still try to follow the old links.


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Options +FollowSymLinks
RewriteEngine on
RewriteRule ^(.*).html index.php?article=$1

This will create a url that looked like:

That rule can be added to .htaccess
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eugie17Author Commented:
eugie17Author Commented:
thamk you guys
is there any downloadable guide or reference to .htaccess ?
eugie17Author Commented:
thank you jbrashear72
My pleasure man... I use Mod rewrite all the time for creating urls just for SEO.

look me up any time.

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