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Old 05-20-2004, 02:48 PM
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**edit** now a problem with redirect ** space in page url

2 pages on our website have spaces in their urls. One is www.ourdomain.com/buyers guide.htm. Google has already indexed them. I realize most pages I see have hyphens, i.e. buyers-guide.htm Is the space a problem, and should I change the 2 pages and deal with google updating.

ps. browser of course shows page as buyers%20guide.htm

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Old 05-20-2004, 04:28 PM
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Yes, spaces are a problem. You need to fix them. I would recommend setting up a 301 redirect from the old pages to the new ones.
 
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Old 05-20-2004, 04:33 PM
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I thought they might be so I'll use hyphens. Thanks.
Why are they a problem though?
 
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Old 05-20-2004, 04:42 PM
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While I'm at it, a few other pages have underline hyphens, or whatever they're called, i.e. sample_design_1.htm Will the "_" be a problem?

Thanks in advance!
 
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Old 05-20-2004, 04:47 PM
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underscore

nah those are totoally fine i think.
 
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Old 05-20-2004, 05:09 PM
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underscore... of course. can anyone confirm "underscores" are ok, and why are spaces bad? Thanks!
 
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Old 05-20-2004, 07:02 PM
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spaces are bad because they are windows specific and some browsers won't even find the page because they don't recognize a file name with a space in it.

most of the net is run on unix/linux type systems, and a file name with a space is not allowed. windows is the only system that allows them, so the browsers have been written to add the %20 or whatever when it finds a space so they will work at all.


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Old 05-20-2004, 07:10 PM
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underscores are fine cos it makes the file name one word.
 
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Old 05-20-2004, 07:47 PM
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-'s are better, though, from what I've heard... easier for SE's to find the key words...
 
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Old 05-20-2004, 08:04 PM
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t h a n k s, oops, I mean t-h-a-n-k-s. your answer makes sense. I'll go with hyphens in the future, but will leave the existing ranked underscores for now.
 
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Old 05-21-2004, 01:36 PM
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Help! new problem.
I am using my site's control panel "cPanel X" which automatically creates redirects, but it isn't working.
I put in "buyers guide.htm" for the old page and www.mydomain.com/buyers-guide.htm for the new page.
The old page still gives a page not found error.
Here's the kicker. I tried redirecting another existing page (lets say anotherpage.htm) and it works just fine.
so it seems the space is giving me problems.
BTW, cPanel X automatically changes the old page to buyers%20guide.htm when it creates the new command.

Any thoughts? Anyone familiar with cPanel X?
 
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Old 05-21-2004, 05:21 PM
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This is less a problem with cpanel and more a problem with the space in the name. You should just ditch the space in the name and fix all the URL's.
 
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Old 05-21-2004, 07:07 PM
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How about a meta tag refresh. I have heard that they will index the second page and not the first when a fast refresh is used. Might get you in trouble, I am not sure. Never used it. Just know that you can do it.
 
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Old 05-21-2004, 09:01 PM
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fishfreek,

I have ditch the pages with the spaces. I made a few 2 word title pages with spaces in them (buyers guide) before I knew it was a bad idea. They now gone, but they were indexed by google, so I would like to set up the redirect, but it doesn't work...
 
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