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    html vs database website
    Our website is currently html tables. We want to go to a database type site. We have heard that in the past a database site does not get indexed by the Search Engines. Is this still accurate? or has it ever been?

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    Have a look at Google's webmaster guidelines (http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/). Generally, if it's readable text when displayed, they'll find it. But perhaps someone with specific DB experience can answer better than I can.
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    You're confusing several unrelated things. Tables, databases, and indexing by search engines have nothing to do with each other.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rcampbell
    We have heard that in the past a database site does not get indexed by the Search Engines. Is this still accurate? or has it ever been?
    Completely inaccurate and has never been true. The search engines have no idea what you're using to mange your data. Now if you're using a datafeed that everybody else is using you'll have a harder time getting it to rank because it's duplicate content.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DoctorMike
    Have a look at Google's webmaster guidelines (http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/).
    Thanks Doctor Mike that was helpful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelColey
    You're confusing several unrelated things. Tables, databases, and indexing by search engines have nothing to do with each other.
    OK. I guess I am not articulating my question accurately. We want to have the ability to manage our products and different parts of our website with a database. We currently do not use a database. But in going to a database side management will this affect search engines? I don't know if I am saying that right, but I hope that makes sense.

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    No, as long as you are displaying text to the end user, SE's will be able to spider it. It will not affect your rankings.
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