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Seeing as the homepage is the most important page for SEO, is it possible to rewrite home.php to index.html ?
Why rewrite? Use:
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in your .htaccess and your home page will be www.domain.com If you are concerned about duplicate content for internal links to home.php just block home.php in robots.txt
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I personally already use the DirectoryIndex command, so I agree with you there gecko

I'm curious though, aside from listing categories, is the home.php file used in any other URL structure? I'm just concerned that there might be functionality in home.php that might be blocked by the robots.txt file

I haven't checked into this, so if anyone can post with certainty regarding the existence of home.php in any urls that are NOT category-specific, that would be great.
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I personally already use the DirectoryIndex command, so I agree with you there gecko

I'm curious though, aside from listing categories, is the home.php file used in any other URL structure? I'm just concerned that there might be functionality in home.php that might be blocked by the robots.txt file

I haven't checked into this, so if anyone can post with certainty regarding the existence of home.php in any urls that are NOT category-specific, that would be great.
home.php is just used for the home page and category listings.
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home.php is just used for the home page and category listings.

thanks for the confirm gecko
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If home.php became index.html, the homepage would appear to be a static HTML page, which would be better for SEO, simple as that.
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the file extension isn't important to SE's (at least, google, which is my personal focus), what's important is getting rid of variables in the url and providing what appears to be a static url.

Additionally, if a user/SE visited your domain with the DirectoryIndex set to home.php, they would not see index.html in the URL, unless there is some location within your website that specifically referenced home.php in a url.
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the file extension isn't important to SE's (at least, google, which is my personal focus), what's important is getting rid of variables in the url and providing what appears to be a static url.
I agree the extension isn't important but for the major search engines getting rid of the variables isn't really important. Google was the first search engine to crawl dynamic URL's and does a good job of it. Yahoo and MSN now crawl dynamic URL's too. I thought the goal was to keyword stuff the URL's to help with ranking.
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Additionally, if a user/SE visited your domain with the DirectoryIndex set to home.php, they would not see index.html in the URL, unless there is some location within your website that specifically referenced home.php in a url.

Should I add anything to DirectoryIndex home.php if I have x-cart located
in the subfolder /shop? Because if I use the above syntax, it still shows
leukstewinkel.nl/shop/home.php...
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I agree the extension isn't important but for the major search engines getting rid of the variables isn't really important. Google was the first search engine to crawl dynamic URL's and does a good job of it. Yahoo and MSN now crawl dynamic URL's too. I thought the goal was to keyword stuff the URL's to help with ranking.

I apologize, the keyword bit is what I consider a part of the static url, so for me that was "understood"

anyways, i'm not concerned about home.php as-is, seems it would be more trouble than needed to rewrite home.php, so that will be a "not-anytime-soon" feature


@Jerrad: my htaccess has
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DirectoryIndex home.php index.php index.html

Which works for me. Additionally, I do not have any index file in my x-cart main folder. Seems to me like you have a redirect setup, because if I visit leukstewinkel.nl/shop/, I get redirected to leukstewinkel.nl/shop/home.php

EDIT: the appropriate functionality should be that the /shop/ url should show up, without needing to display the home.php part (tho again, if x-cart mentions home.php, users/search engines will still hit home.php directly at some point)
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Some how it does seems to work now...
Meaning, that most of the time only the domain name will show up, but sometimes
it will display also the home.php behind it.

Any idea what could cause this?
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