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View Full Version : Easy Site Maintenance, But Any Downside?



gorilla1
03-28-2003, 04:55 PM
If you build a website with a content engine, it makes it easier to slap up pages and for non-technical people to add content and for overall maintenance of the pages. Are there any downsides? For isntance, say with search engines... Or otherwsie??

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oracleguy
03-28-2003, 05:13 PM
None that I can really think of. Perhaps someone else will be able to think of something.

With regard to search engines, it doesn't matter if your site is driven by a database because the search engine requests the page in the same way a browser does so, the server-side coding gets processed.

whitty
03-28-2003, 05:55 PM
Well if your URL's end up looking something like www.domain.com/home.php?page=index then it will be a problem because search engines don't crawl urls with query strings as well just plain urls.
There is a great article explaining how to get around this over at sitepoint (http://www.sitepoint.com/article/485). I would recommend checking it out.

krycek
03-28-2003, 05:58 PM
If your content system uses templates and placeholders, you will experience a slight performance hit because the templates will have to be parsed and the data inserted. Shouldn't be too bad though - I love using templates :)

::] krycek [::

brothercake
03-28-2003, 05:59 PM
Originally posted by whitty
Well if your URL's end up looking something like www.domain.com/home.php?page=index then it will be a problem because search engines don't crawl urls with query strings as well just plain urls.

That's not always true; there doesn't seem to be (afaik) a firm rule on which kinds of dynamic links will be indexed and which won't, but I've seen complex CGI URLs from my own sites in Google listings.

But I agree with you all the same - it's better not to rely on them being indexed, even if sometimes they are.

Another good reason for using clean URLs is that they won't have to change as often, because Cool URIs don't change (http://www.w3.org/Provider/Style/URI.html)

cg9com
03-28-2003, 08:29 PM
you can have clean coding and arrange it in a way that its easily maintained without a WYSIWYG, or do you mean easily maintained by people who dont or cant code?

external CSS and PHP includes would work well, you could have some client side including but i find it a bit more messy.

brothercake
03-28-2003, 11:09 PM
Do it all in XML and set up a gatekeeper program that won't publish invalid documents; then they can't break it ;)

Phool
03-28-2003, 11:37 PM
The PRO's simply outweigh the CON's dramatically! :)

whitty
03-29-2003, 01:26 AM
Brothercake, I never said search engines wouldn't crawl the page, I said they won't crawl them as well. From everything I've read SE's generally rank clean urls higher than query string ones.

mouse
03-29-2003, 01:32 AM
I've never used a content engine as such but I found a template driven site I created didn't work too well in terms of user tracking. That could be got around with a bit of php quite easily of course.



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