I am very new to this and advice would be appreciated.
I have a website that currently ranks well with google.
I am changing content providers and all of the current pages have a .htm extension.
I have written new code with the same page names except they have a .php file extension, I did this to have includes before I realized that you can parse .htm files to php
AddType application/x-httpd-php .htm
Since i am not using a database and using php only for includes. also from some things that i have read, google likes .htm over php my questions are.
1. should i mod_rewrite or parse?
2. If i do parse can i just change the file extensions of the current .php pages to .htm
3. and the old content provider/cms had every page off of the main directory www.site.com/page.htm , I would like to have subdirectories for pages, do i have to have a laundry list in the .htaccess for every page.
4. and would those redirects only be needed until search engines re-index?
I hope these are not stupid questions.