Benefits and drawbacks – Rewrite engine

  • The links are “cleaner” and more descriptive, improving their “friendliness” to both users and search engines.
  • They prevent undesired “inline linking”, which can waste bandwidth.
  • They hide the inner workings of a web site’s address to visitors, which can prevent them from discovering query strings that could compromise the site.
  • The site can continue to use the same URLs even if the underlying technology used to serve them is changed (for example, switching to a new blogging engine).
  • There can, however be drawbacks as well; if a user wants to modify a URL to retrieve new data, the rewrite engine may hinder the construction of custom queries due to the lack of named variables.
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