After reading the article entitled "Some URLs are better than others" mentioned in this thread
, I went through and removed the absolute linking. Individual files (e.g. page.html) became index files within a directory (e.g. page/index.html) and links had the index.html portion removed. There are a few problems w/ this:
1. Dreamweaver no longer tracks when you move a file or change the directory
2. Dreamweaver doesn't display site previews properly
3. Advice here
suggests that absolute linking is better (at least for Google)
I also went through and compressed every html file w/ gzip. Now many of the various tools for checking web sites (key word analyzers, validators, etc.) are only detecting the gzipped content, but aren't properly decoding it.
So, I can deal with annoyances #1 & #2. #3... does it matter if my links are broken in Google's cache? Does this affect page rank?
As for the compression problem: Rather than relying on the browser to properly report whether it supports .gz files, refer to a list of browsers known to be compatible. Whereas relying on a browser to properly report whether it supports .gz via a one line addtion to .htaccess described here
, my intuition tells me that referring to a "browser whitelist" would be more involved. Any recommendations/ references on how to do this?
These are considerations for others thinking about doing any of the above. Maybe someone already has a solution to the gzip problem... if not, I'll post back my solution (assuming I create one) if anyone is interested.