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May 5, 2004, 10:06 am
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Re: .htm vs .html extensions
All search engines seem quite happy with either .htm or .html Some search
engines can deal with many other files types also, but all can deal with
.htm and .html
I recommend that you don't change any file names as you will lose the links
from any references to that page that have already been created - not just
in search engines but in other web sites, user favourites lists, toolbar
Normally, a file called filename.htm will not appear if you ask for
filename.html. You can use something called a 301 redirect, if your server
config is set to accept an .htaccess file. I suspect that .htaccess can be
used to repoint all requests for .htm to .html. If you did this you would
be creating a lot of extra processing. Is it worth the processing time?
.htm has the advantage of being shorter and more compatible with older
operating systems and programs. Every unnecessary character you can trim
off page lengths is good.
Best regards, Eric.