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    Question Getting Rid of .HTML Extension Without Messing Up Rankings?


    I have a static html site we moved over to wordpress.

    We are using a plugin to add a .html extension to the pages to maintain the links.

    However, I would rather just drop the .html extension.

    How's the best way to do this without messing up ranking? And/or is it worth the risk? Would it be advised just to maintain the .html extension?
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    so why would you want to drop the html extensions? leave them and work on content that might really help.
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    Mostly to shorten & clean up link for social media referring... Also users run into html extension less and less. I don't want to signal that the site is old/out of date.
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    That shouldn't be your reason to remove page file extensions!

    The only real reason for doing this would be to protect your site from future updates! For example, if I manually coded a site in html I would remove the file extension using the .htaccess file so if I ever needed to change from .html to .php etc for what ever reason, that way I wouldn't have to worry about changing urls when changing file types.

    Since you're in a slightly different situation I wouldn't like to say as I have never tested the htaccess code I have for doing this with wordpress due to wordpress not using extensions by default. But I would imaging you can simply deactivate your plugin and setup a mass redirect to redirect all .html extensions to the extension free version!?

    Doing this shouldn't harm your rankings etc, but its always a risk, and that risk is one that only you (the site owner) can say if its worth taking or not!

    Check the links in my sig for htaccess codes, I believe the one you need is there, should you want to go a head that is

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