Originally Posted by abduraooft
sorry for being off topic again, but "Pretty URLs" are not pretty to the search engines only, but to the users of the site too!
mysite.com/10/mypage => mysite.com/index.php?category=10&file=mypage
The topic starter mention term 'search engine friendly url' so I have explained (shared private information which costs money in SEO business) in first replay that this is old fashioned and outdated term... later he asks me that he wants to create that friendly urls anyway so I gave him two possible solutions (including 404 which he thanked) but I even do not get 'thank you' back. The little reward which users get here...
As for the user friendly urls. That is very disputable question... since there is just few users who will type that url by heart:
that is the most simple version, while in most cases url has more than one parameter and with random numbers, which could just 1% of all users remember. Most of them user bookmarks so in that case that user friendly urls are useless too
Of cause I have forget to mention that user friendly urls uses lots of server's resources... that is why mod_rewrite is disabled on 99% shared hosting