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July 19, 2008, 6:48 am
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i am doing seo for a website and this website uses a lot of php for
which i need suggestions. this is how the website is set up.
in the index.php file there is a flash banner at the top of the page
and the center part is another file which is called using
include("links.php") and the bottom part using include("footer.php")
the footer has links such as = webdevelopment software development ...
each of this has a query string= http://website.com/index.php?page=webdevelopment
and http://website.com/index.php?page=software ... etc
this way every link in the website is calling index.php and a query
string is being passed and the index.php looks for the name
ex=webdevelopment and loads that particular page in the center section
of the website. the main purpose of doing this was to load the flash
file only 1 time and the rest of the time when the links from the
footer are clicked only the center part changes and the flash file
does not have to reload.
due to this the entire website is having only 1 page index.php
therefore using 1 <title> tag 1 meta description and 1 meta keywords
tag as the values of <title> and <meta> tags are being displayed from
however from a seo and sem perspective ideally there should be
different file name which means i can optimize the <title> and <meta>
tags for individual files.
please advice a best solution to get around this as i would like to
have different title and meta tag for individual pages like
webdevelopment.php software.php etc which i am presently not able to
due to include("")
any help will be greatly appreciated.
Re: questions about using include() in php
You are confusing files and pages. Files reside on the server, pages are
sent to the user's browser. Many php files will usually be executed in order
to produce one page on the browser. PHP enables you to output dynamically
created html to the browser. So, as long as the contents of the title and
meta tags (or possibly even the tags themselves) are not hard coded into the
index.php, but are written out on demand by a php program, you are not
limited to one title and one meta tag.
Take a look at any Joomla! installation. All pages are served by calling a
single index.php file but the page title will change with every page.
If the site has been coded with this data hard coded in the index.php file
then this is a design/programming error. You need to change the
Hope this helps.