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    SEO and dynamic page vs tons of static pages


    Hi there,

    I want to make a catalogue online.
    On the front page you can enter a part number, and when you hit enter, you'll be forwarded to a page showing the part and a few basic infos on that part (number, name, weight, etc).
    I have the part information stored in a database.

    Now I see two different options:
    1. use a dynamic webpage and let the content be generated on demand using the database.
      The url would look like www.blah.com/search?part=12345
    2. use a script to generate tons of (a thousand or so) static pages using a html template and the infos from the database
      The url would look like www.blah.com/12345


    Are there any advantages or disadvantages to these two methods w.r.t. SEO?
    Would option 2 give me better hits/ranking? How would I make option 1 searchable for google?

    I'm really a newbie to SEO, so I would greatly appreciate your help
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    Both will do equally as good or bad.

    in your option 1 there is no reason why you cant use the URL from option 2
    Plus option 2 would become a nightmare to maintain over the coming months/years. unless you did a check to see if the page was there or not and generated as required. then if you needed to do an update you could just delete the html file.

    To be honest the only advantage of option 2 is speed as straight html files are just served without any backend processing but I would always go with option 1 but with the URL change as I suggested.
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    Originally Posted by Chedders
    Both will do equally as good or bad.

    in your option 1 there is no reason why you cant use the URL from option 2
    Plus option 2 would become a nightmare to maintain over the coming months/years. unless you did a check to see if the page was there or not and generated as required. then if you needed to do an update you could just delete the html file.

    To be honest the only advantage of option 2 is speed as straight html files are just served without any backend processing but I would always go with option 1 but with the URL change as I suggested.
    Thanks, that makes absolute sense.
    What I don't quite understand, though, is: how would I make the thousand sites searchable, so that google can find and index them?
    If I can have any URL like www.blah.com/12345, www.blah.com/54321 or even www.blah.com/meow
    how do I make sure that Google indexes all 1000 pages with the 1000 pre-defined part numbers I want?

    Would that work with a sitemap? (As mentioned, I'm a newbie still...)

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