Do I need to change a URL if only Capitalisation changes?

  • MikeGibbs
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Post 3+ Months Ago

Hi,

Firstly, I'm posting this in the Google forum as my question directly relates to a separate topic I've raised in there today (http://www.ozzu.com/ftopic32587.html). However, if a moderator thinks this is wrong please accept my apologies and move it where you think appropriate.

Anway, Here goes ...

It seems fairly certain that Google only notices keywords in a URL if it is lower case (see above topic).

I have recently been through a certain amount of pain to change URLs to have meaningful names to match keywords (before they were ID based). However, makling them capitalised to assist people reading them seemed like a good idea at the time .....

For example, page '/ShowPage_P188' changed to '/Mojacar_Playa_P188.php'.

Anyway, if I change the pages on my site to remove capitalisation, I'm not sure what more I need to do.

Previously, I modified every old page to do a permanent redirect so that search engines didn't deem this duplication. Plus, anyone linking to the old page wouldn't get page not found errors if I just removed them.

By just changing the capitalisation however, the page should still be found. I'm a little hazy on the workings of Apache, but it you type in http://www.viva-almeria.com/mojacar_playa_P188.php you automatically get redirected to http://www.viva-almeria.com/Mojacar_Playa_P188.php. Thus, the web server seems to match the similar page and returns the correct one.

So how does this actually work and can I take advantage of it?

Checking the logs, I can't see the lower case URL coming up, just the upper case one. So the web server doesn't seem to be returning a simple redirect page (otherwise I'd surely be seeing both instances). In this case, the browser / crawler would only see the right page and not a redirect - or am I being stupid here?

Also, if the web server is applying some smarts to match the nearest file name, is there a risk that the wrong page could be returned?

I appreciate that this is a bit of a low level questions - and let me know if you need more clarification on my explanation - however any help would be appreciated.

Thanks
  • madmonk
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Post 3+ Months Ago

sorry mate, know not to the answer to your post
:-)
normally, I stick to lower cases.
  • rtchar
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Post 3+ Months Ago

In my experience most Windows based servers are case insensitive and will return the correct page regardless of capitalization.

On the other hand, I have had some problems with *nix servers that returned page not found errors if the link did not match the file name exactly.

For that reason I usually use lower case for portability.

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