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One page for every state (3 posts)

  1. geoffkb
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I'm about to convert a SiteSell website to WordPress but I'm still in the planning stage.

    I have 50 pages, each with a list of names and addresses, one page per state. I created them with a mail-merge routine, inserting the state name as a variable. The list of names is on a separate file, which is inserted as an include, for ease of updating.

    Since the text on each page is the same, apart from the name of the state and the inserted addresses, I'm sure this is bad SEO practice. Is there a better way of doing this, perhaps with only one page, but with the text inserted dynamically when someone selects their state?

    I've considered some sort of a 'find an outlet' plugin to pull the names from a database, but I'd rather give the visitor the opportunity to scan the page and choose who to contact for themselves.

    Does anyone have a clever idea of how I can solve this?

    Thanks

  2. Tomdever
    Member
    Posted 12 months ago #

    You can try gConverter guys, they may help you.

  3. geoffkb
    Member
    Posted 11 months ago #

    Thanks for the suggestion I'm looking into that it's certainly interesting.

    I actually thought of a solution for my States pages. I created 52 WordPress pages which had only an include in the main part, one for each state. Then I created one master page in Word with all the html tags and a filename (eg california.shtml) etc. The state name was a mail-merge field. I merged this with a list of States, resulting in one txt document consisting of all 52 'pages'.

    Then I created a macro in Word to copy each page into a new file and give each the state-specific filename. All these 52 pages are ftp'd to a seperate folder and are called by the include.

    It was a little tricky to get right, but now if I make any changes to that one master page I can create 52 new pages, by running the macro, to ftp to replace the existing files.

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