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The URL Rewriting tool will take your overly-complicated URL and simplify it into two different, better versions of it. Having dynamic keywords and content may be great, but having a dynamic URL could actually negatively affect your website.
People who want to visit your website will find it hard to remember a complex URL, and therefore might just not bother with your website and find one that's easier to remember. In addition, they bookmark easier and perform better in terms of search engine ranking.
How this tool works: You simply need to input the current URL of your website and click 'submit.' The URL Rewriting Tool will then provide you with two new URLs: a single page URL and a directory type URL. Typically, a single page URL will have dashes, meaning it stands alone and apart from other pages.
A directory type URL will have slashes, meaning there are more pages related to it that are clumped together in the directory. Think of one page within a specific folder within a file cabinet. You can see this by trying out the sample URL provided just below the text box on our tool. In addition to the URLs themselves, our tool will provide you with coding for an .htaccess file, which is placed in the main page of your website.
What is an .htaccess file? .htaccess is short for Hypertext Access, and is a configuration file used by Apache-based web servers that controls the directory that it "lives" in--as well as all the subdirectories underneath that directory. In other words, this file is what actually makes your URL valid. You can decide to make your URL whatever you want, but without this file, the website won't exist there.
Some of the other features of the .htaccess file include the ability to password protect folders, ban users or allow users using IP addresses, stop directory listings, redirect users to another page or directory automatically, create and use custom error pages, change the way files with certain extensions are utilized, or even use a different file as the index file by specifying the file extension or specific file.
There are many uses for this file, meaning you should definitely take a look at yours if you have a website that is up and running. But for the purposes of this tool, the code provided explicitly deals with the URL matching your website.