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What are the differences? and is there an advatange either way as far as IM and SEO go?
#htm #html
  • Profile picture of the author Marko Vel
    I think there is no such a difference between html vs htm but i never mix.
    All of my pages use .html
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  • Profile picture of the author W2L
    I wouldn't worry too much as far SEO either, they are pretty much the same.
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  • Profile picture of the author affilorama-portal
    Servers and web browsers will treat html and htm in exactly the same way. Both extensions indicate that the file contains HTML. Neither of the extensions have an advantage over the other from any perspective. The use either htm or html depends on the preference of the page/site author.
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    • Profile picture of the author timpears
      Originally Posted by affilorama-portal View Post

      Servers and web browsers will treat html and htm in exactly the same way.
      That is exactly correct. Just remember though, if you name a file with an .htm extension, if you use .html in a url because you forgot, the .htm file will not be found. So just remember which you are using, and sick to one or the other to avoid confusion.
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  • Profile picture of the author seasoned
    OK, you want to hear the TRUTH!?!? It USED to be *.html. This is because it used UNIX, and the format of unix names as practically ANY character. extensions were a mere NICETY. Well, when some systems, like windows, entered onto the scene, there was a problem. THEY had shoort names that could NOT have a period, followed by a period and an extension that couldn't be over 3 characters. Of course, eventually, microsoft managed a compromise to APPEAR to support other names, etc..., but the htm extension remains.

    All things being equal, most systems DO consider them the same. Just realize that if page.html is indexed, someplace like google or an application, changing it to page.htm will NOT use the index.

    Steve
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    • Profile picture of the author Gary King
      Steve reveals the truth...

      Our friends at Microsoft entered the Internet world with their eight dot three format (eight letters for the file name, a period - the dot- and a three character extension) and presto! we had index.htm

      BTW - they also introduced "default.htm" so as to be a little different.

      Bottom line, it's whatever your web server is configured to deliver.

      If you have a folder setup, say warriorforum.com/thisisthefolder then the web server will be configured to look for a specific file name (or names) in that folder if no specific page is requested.

      Usually that file name is index.html, index.htm, default.asp, etc.

      It CAN be anything you want if you just want to be crazy about it, you can configure your web server to use umptyfratz.xyz as the index page. Probably not worth the effort though.

      Originally Posted by seasoned View Post

      OK, you want to hear the TRUTH!?!? It USED to be *.html. This is because it used UNIX, and the format of unix names as practically ANY character. extensions were a mere NICETY. Well, when some systems, like windows, entered onto the scene, there was a problem. THEY had shoort names that could NOT have a period, followed by a period and an extension that couldn't be over 3 characters. Of course, eventually, microsoft managed a compromise to APPEAR to support other names, etc..., but the htm extension remains.

      All things being equal, most systems DO consider them the same. Just realize that if page.html is indexed, someplace like google or an application, changing it to page.htm will NOT use the index.

      Steve
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    • Profile picture of the author pks1967
      I had a hosting account a while ago that would only let me use .htm for the index page, so I started using the .htm extension and stuck with it. Now I always use .htm so I don't have to remember which one I used, where. I don't believe it matters for seo, but just pick one you like and stick with it.


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      • Profile picture of the author patey88
        Occasionally, one character makes all the difference when you're typing a long URL where space is limited. Not often, but sometimes. I always choose to use .htm.
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    • Profile picture of the author eshera
      Thank you so much for replying to this, Steve and Gary. I was just talking to my pa on the phone and saw this post and was going to start explaining the same thing when I starting laughing, heck, showing my age and how long I have been around stuff!

      Made my pa laugh, since he was the one that got me into this whole computer sillyness in the 90's, damn him....

      Thanks again!
      -she

      (Side note, in my defense, there were no cute guys in high school in the 80's in computers, and in the 90's didn't seem better! Thank gosh that has changed!)
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      • Profile picture of the author jonelast
        I prefer .html over .htm for the fact mentioned above that it feels 'incomplete'. It hasn't been mentioned that the HTML server needs to be configured to handle .htm files, so that's extra work that is redundant. Furthermore, depending on how the server is configured, index.html may override index.htm as the default page, which can lead to problems.
        I say we phase out .htm in favor of .html...
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  • Profile picture of the author studio52
    I always use.html vs htm Thats just the way I was taught to do it.
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  • Profile picture of the author dreamtab
    I use .html never tried .htm as I never thought that will give me any benefit.
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