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    SHTML Searchable?

    Hello, Forum

    I've recently started work with a new client and discovered that their 4 sites were all constructed in SHTML. I'm not a big fan of SHTML for a variety of reasons and one of them is my concern about searchability. The docs in these directories have no head area declaring them as shtml (or html, for that matter). Typically they are pages that contain only a table (with others nested) and the appropriate <tr><td>-</td></tr> tags to interface with the header and footer being called by the <!--#include file="ssi_header.shtml" --> and <!--#include file="ssi_footer.shtml" --> tags. My question here is whether search engines will crawl a page that has no identifying header, and is SHTML a good idea when it comes to SEO?


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    The server side processing is carried out (as the name suggests) on the server. The search engine just sees the compiled html code, the same as if it were a static html page. Exactly the same as if you were using PHP's include() function to pull in header and footer files.

    No SEO disadvantage to using this.

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