HOWTO: Elimating query strings from your URLs (Re: [Techtalk] webalizer stats and ?query strings)

Raquel Rice raquel at
Sun Feb 9 11:54:20 EST 2003

On Sun, 9 Feb 2003 17:19:59 +1100
Mary <mary-linuxchix at> wrote:

> On Thu, Feb 06, 2003, Raquel Rice wrote:
> > Aside from the Webalizer problems you're encountering, there are
> > other"problems" with creating dynamic web sites using "?" and
> > "&".  Most of the big search engines will not index sites with
> > an "?" in the URL. mod_rewrite really is your friend here ...
> > and it fixes the Webalizer problems.
> Based on this discussion and my own recent experience with
> converting one of my sites from query strings to file-like URLs,
> I've written a little guide to "Usable URIs with Apache":
> I didn't use mod_rewrite because I couldn't - but the trick with
> the Files section (at the bottom) let me get around this...
> -Mary


I thought the alternatives you offered were good alternatives to
mod_rewrite.  Something to remember in case I quit hosting myself. 
Very well layed out and easily understood.

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study, only for his own seeing, but as the lighthouse uses its
lamps, that those afar off on the seas may see the shining, and
learn their way.
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