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  1. Justin Bravo
    November 13, 2010 @ 1:10 am

    Great Advice!

    • Darren
      November 18, 2010 @ 11:20 am

      Thanks Justin…seems to me like you could say a thing or two about the topic, you should guest post here once in a while!

      -Darren

  2. Tess Wittler
    November 27, 2010 @ 2:39 pm

    I especially give a big AMEN to Tip #3. Great advice, Darren!

    • Darren
      November 27, 2010 @ 11:53 pm

      Thanks Tess!

  3. Shawn Warren
    January 6, 2011 @ 9:59 am

    If you started out with underscores (some web designer software does this automatically too) and later decided to change to hyphens, one should do 301 redirects to proper page in your htaccess file. Provided you are hosted on an Apache type server OS. Or people, search bots and cached pages would get a 404 error Page not found. This is not good.
    If you have many, this could be quit a task. There is another way that doesn’t require mega lines or 301 redirects in your htaccess file.

    Rather than paste the code here, I’ll point you to a source http://www.htaccesselite.com/rewrite-urls-separated-by-underscores-to-dashes-vt175.html

    Thanks for all you great info Darren

    • Darren
      January 6, 2011 @ 10:22 am

      Hey Shawn,

      Thanks for that great tip!!! You are absolutely right. I might add that this get’s a bit technical and might be better left to a pro. Not that someone shouldn’t do it, but when you start messing around with the htaccess file, things can get ugly very fast. And for those of you who don’t know what an htaccess file is, it is kind of like a regulator for your server in how it routes your site. Most site design software allows you to change the URL’s and wordpress (if you have a blog) does 301 redirects automatically if you change permalink structure. But I am getting too techie. Check with your website people!

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting Shawn, always great to have you!