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    I am in the process of converting pages from .html to php. As part of the process I am redirecting visitors of old html pages to the new PHP pages via with the following:

    <META HTTP-EQUIV="refresh" CONTENT="2; URL=../../folder/newfile.php">

    This works fine for most visitors but I'd like to know how this effects Search Engines that crawl the pages? Do they not like this type of redirect? or Will it help get the new pages indexed quicker?



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    I'm not the expert on this, but I don't think the SE's will like that. SE's do ok with server wide re-directs (known as 301 re-directs I believe). However, they often do not like redirects that come from on-pages.

    I don't think you have to worry about a penalty or anything, but the crawlers may not follow it properly.

    One thing that worked well for me in converting pages was to simply remove all the content from the old page and put a "click here" to visit the new page (along with a short explanation of why the page no longer is there). The bots picked it up very quickly, PR transferred without a hitch and it is also "human friendly."

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    Server redirects are best IMO. Keeps all the SEs happy. Also, you can eventually get rid of them once the search engines stop asking for the old pages.
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    In general, SE spiders ingnore client side (browser) redirects.
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    Check out this thread on how to parse html files as php by using your .htaccess file
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