Goodbye PageRank

Filed under: Blogging,Technology; Author: Les Bain; Posted: January 2, 2008 at 1:02 pm;

I have been using PHP more and more on my websites. On the Wizard Creek Consulting website, I went through and changed all the webpages from .htm to .php. At the same time I added a bit of PHP code to randomly show photos from a photo directory.

I updated the .htaccess file to do the redirect from the old page to the new page.

As I write this, I wonder if there is a way to specify to PHP to also use .htm files so that files do not have to be renamed. I will investigate that next time. (Apparently, I could have changed the parameters to have PHP parse .htm files as well. That would have worked for me, because I changed every file from .htm to .php.)

But because the files are all new names, the PageRank dropped from 5,4 and 3 to zero. It will be interesting to see how long it takes for Google to once again evaluate my website and assign a new PageRank.

I do wonder if I will lose traffic or business. Time will tell.

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