Use AddType to specify how each filetype should be handled: http://roshanbh.com.np/2008/01/hiding-php-file-extension.html
This way it will skip using the mod_rewrite engine thus saving some time on parsing, but you need to rename the .php file by changing its extension to .html
# Method 1 rename .php files to .html # eg. script.php to script.html then # make all PHP code look like HTML with AddType application/x-httpd-php .htm .html
Use mod_rewrite to rewrite the URL to point to right file.
This method doesn't require to change the file extension.
# Method 2 with Rewrite without renaming files RewriteEngine On RewriteRule ^([^\.\?]+)(\?.*)?$ $1.php
Roshan's Blog also has an article about mod_rewrite with few examples of url rewriting for seo friendly URL: http://roshanbh.com.np/2008/02/hide-php-url-rewriting-htaccess.html