aeitos wrote:Right now, filenames generally show 'viewtopic.php?f=9&t=4', but according to some SEO stuff i've been reading, it's beneficial to have filenames that are relative to your website or page.
Technically, that's not a "filename"; it's a filename and parameters. Changing the filenames will likely break phpBB; I think what you want is to change the parameters.
Yes, but that's more for human navigation than for search engines. I suspect search engines pay much more attention to the title and META description (which is why Google listed those first) than to the URL. I also suspect they pay more attention to the content of the page than anything.
If you read that SEO guide in detail, it sounds like the only time human-friendly URLs will matter to Google (and maybe other search engines) is if somebody uses the URL as the anchor text itself (like using the simple URL tags, not the URL= tags). I find people who do that lazy (moderators and support staff who probably post tons of links excepted
). To wit, I really hate seeing "viewtopic" links here; I almost always use the long form of the URL tag with the Topic title as the anchor text -- it's more readable, it improves that page's searchability and it makes it obvious to readers if the link is wrong (like accidentally leaving off the last digit; the topic title not matching the link text is a dead giveaway).
Finally, with the number of "Help" and "Please help" topics, a lot of URLs would end up as "please_help_1", "please_help_2", "please_help3", etc.
URL rewriting is dependent on people choosing good Subject titles. That's easy for bloggers, but I've found many forum posters don't bother. Yours was one of the better ones, but still not great; "Is it possible to use human-friendly URLs in phpBB?" or even "Is it possible to use SEO-friendly URLs in phpBB?" would be better and more accurate. (I'm not picking on you; I'm just illustrating the problem....