$this->seo_static['index'] = 'forum';
RewriteRule ^forum\.html$ /index.php [QSA,L,NC,R=301]
1) Robots.txt file: I read that for migrating board, you recommend to install the Zero Duplicate first and then add the robots.txt file couple of months later. I noticed that the Zero duplicate MOD does the job of diverting the viewtopic urls to these seo urls automatically. If this is already doing so, do I still need to add the robots.txt file later to drop the access to viewtopic urls for bots? If I do add the robots.txt later, what happens to the links in my old forum pages where users have linked to other posts in my forum itself and that still has the viewtopic url? These links wont be crawlable as well? I dont understand the need for this so can you clarify this for me plz?
Facebook likes: Some of the forum pages already has a few facebook likes to it. Now that I have set up this URL MOD, would this affect the facebook likes links? would the Zero duplicate MOD take care of that?
Forum Titles without IDs: I have selected no IDs for the forum titles (i think you do the same for this site as well isint it?). But when I rename the forum title, it doesnt auto divert the page although the Zero Duplicate is installed. I remember reading in one of your documentation somewhere that when having a forum title with no ID and if the name is changed later, the previous name will be considered as a separate forum itself and will cause a page not found error. In the future if I rename any forum url names, what steps do I need to take so the previous name doesnt cause 404 error? Do I manually need to add the change of name to my .htaccess?
Length of Title: I have a length of upto 250 chars for the forum titles and some users has long title descriptions. Since I am currently using the advanced mode (as its best suited for me) so the title tag is auto inserted to their URL, these long titles creates a v long URL. Would this affect google indexing or SEO ranking is any ways? I know that I can manually edit the url using sql rewriting method but it could take me a while before I can manually edit the old topics I've got so far since there are quite a few of them. So I was wondering will long url have negative effects if I dont edit them?
I understand your frustration. Unfortunately, as awesome as phpBB SEO is, nobody has yet figured out how to make a living at this full time. We are all volunteers here. We have other lives.
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