Questions tagged [url]

A URL, or Uniform Resource Locator, is an address for a file or resource that specifies where that resource is, and how to go about retrieving it.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
5
votes
1answer
1k views

How can redirect pages from old core PHP site to new Joomla site?

We have our old site into core PHP and we have developed it again into Joomla 1.5 last year (because of some limitations we have to build it into 1.5). Now the problem is the URL of sites changed as ...
5
votes
1answer
1k views

URL masking with .htaccess

I need a hardcore programmer to help me with URL masking. So this is my situation. My website www.michaelfotograf.dk/blog/ is the main site that needs to be configured. I have another website/...
5
votes
3answers
5k views

How to handle URLs with diacritic characters

I am wondering how to handle URLs which correspond to strings containing diacritic (á, ǚ, ´...). I believe what we're seeing mostly are URLs where diacritic characters where converted to their closest ...
4
votes
4answers
2k views

Can I reuse a URL after it's used for a 301 redirect?

Is it possible to 301 redirect a page and then reuse the redirected URL again in the future? What are the disadvantages of using the old link? For example: www.example.com/contact 301 redirect to ...
4
votes
6answers
225 views

Should my users' profile page URL be /user/bob or just /bob?

Currently, the URL to a user's page is this: website.com/user/bob But I'm considering changing this to be: website.com/bob Without the /user/ part. It comes across as much cleaner and easier to ...
4
votes
3answers
643 views

Good Practice for Formatting SEO-Friendly URLs?

Does anybody know what the best SEO practice and most effective format for URLs is currently? All lowercase or mixed case? Example: http://www.mysite.com/What-is-My-Site/ OR http://www.mysite.com/...
4
votes
2answers
3k views

Do query string case differences affect whether a URL is Canonical?

If I have two URL's where the only difference is the case of the query string: http://example.com?param=TEST http://example.com?param=test Are they both considered equal by search engines? I know ...
4
votes
5answers
7k views

How can I force Google to re-index my site?

I changed the structure of my URLs. The pages are already indexed by Google and have the following structure: /myfolder/page.apsx The new structure is: /page.aspx Now all URLs that Google knows ...
4
votes
4answers
2k views

Should I redirect “ugly” URL to friendly URL?

I use mod_rewrite to rewrite https://example.com/?page=some-page&tab=2 to https://example.com/articles/some-page/2. But people can still access both URLs. I want to know: should I redirect the "...
4
votes
5answers
3k views

Is it valid to include digits and question marks in the URL slug for a permalink?

Is it valid (and maybe even a best practice) to create "Aliases" or "Slugs" that contain numbers and question marks? The numbers would be integer only, floats are out of the question. For example: ...
4
votes
6answers
822 views

SEO - which URL's are the best?

I'm using .htaccess with RewriteRule to create SEO-friendly URL's. However, I have a few questions about this: First of all, I noticed many websites end their URL's with .html (or another extension)...
4
votes
1answer
1k views

URLs with “space”, “%20”, “+” are canonicals?

If I have a URL encoded and another does not, e.g. <a href="http://example.com/images/foo abc.jpg">Image</a> <a href="http://example.com/images/foo+abc.jpg">Image</a> <a ...
4
votes
2answers
5k views

Subdomain of subdomain? How is it possible?

I saw a subdomain of a subdomain:  meta.unix.stackexchange.com How is it possible? Because in hosting/dns providers I only can configure subdomains, not subdomains of subdomains, i.e.: subdomain....
4
votes
1answer
2k views

What's the deal with URLs for Yandex.Metrica not prepended with “http”?

The description of Yandex.Metrica explicitly says that URLs like //mc.yandex.ru/metrika/watch.js (no http: in front) that the web site owner has to insert into his pages are not erroneous. So for ...
4
votes
3answers
316 views

Do i need to have a separate page for each article on my website?

I am using a database to store data such as articles, titles, meta and so on. Do I need to Have a separate page for each article so that my articles show up in the list when searched on Google? Is is ...
4
votes
3answers
264 views

Google ranking - difference between example.com and example.com/?ref=id

Does it impact a site's Google ranking if I link to the site with a "referrer" query-string? e.g: example.com/?ref=mysite instead of example.com ?
4
votes
1answer
2k views

Apache 2.4 Loads Image Files Even Without Extension. Why?

I have an HTML page with the following: <img src=J3 width="100" height="150" alt="Student Name" style="float:left;"/> In the same directory there is an image file, J3.jpg. The page containing ...
4
votes
2answers
1k views

Informing Google of URL Structure Change

I have a website and the URLS were constructed like so: /index.php/Topic /index.php/AnotherTopic These were indexed in google and search results returned that pointed to these. However, I've ...
4
votes
4answers
444 views

Removing page levels/ keeping url clean

I have recently put my site live - http://www.soundplaza.co.uk I then bumped into a few articles mentioning about page length and depth and I was wondering if I should change the URL structure while ...
4
votes
3answers
584 views

Mobile URL strategy

I am going to be using jQuery Mobile to create a mobile version of my site. My question is about the best practice on the location of the mobile site, specifically, the URL. I am looking into two ...
4
votes
3answers
250 views

Magento 1 adds a trailing slash at the end of CMS page

I am using Magento 1.9 and I have a problem with one of my CMS pages. I found out that the page is available under two versions: www.example.com/MyCMSpage www.example.com/MyCMSpage/ I am not sure ...
4
votes
2answers
3k views

How to handle URLs that differ in case-sensitivity and show same content

For to the following URLs: http://mydomain.com/page http://mydomain.com/Page I'm showing the same content. Can this hurt SEO? I understand that theoretically it can, but does Google really penalize ...
4
votes
2answers
3k views

Why is “www.mysite.com” different from “mysite.com”?

In any browser if I use www.mysite.com or just mysite.com the web page is correctly retrieved, but I am having trouble with Google Analytics and Facebook App. Facebook: To be able to get Likes, I ...
4
votes
1answer
259 views

Same page in different “locations” on same site - duplicate content? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is duplicate content and how can I avoid being penalized for it on my site? The same page, or rather the same content on a page is accessible from two very similar URLs, ...
4
votes
3answers
45 views

For SEO should there be a web page for every URL path segment? [duplicate]

If I have a domain with the URL example.com/section-1/abc, should there also be a dedicated web page for example.com/section-1 from a SEO point of view? Assume that there is no bread crumb ...
4
votes
3answers
691 views

Strange URL parameter in Google search result, looks like an advertisement

I'm a total noob when it comes to being a web dev so please forgive me if the following sounds idiotic. I noticed that when you search my website one of the result's URL looks like an advertisement: ...
4
votes
2answers
250 views

Train search engines to learn domain names that are not spelt correctly

I'm in the process of building a web app called Vybecast. I brought vybecast.com (and various other vybecast.tld's) a while back. Since then I've managed to secure and purchase vibecast.com (and also ...
4
votes
2answers
307 views

Is it bad SEO practice to have two almost-identical URLs?

On my blog, after coding a function which trims stop words, I ended up with these two URLs which are identical if not for the post ID: http://www.example.com/europe/france/597/june-weather-update ...
4
votes
1answer
1k views

Relative URLs confuse Google crawler

I'm having some odd problems that are apparently being generated by Google crawler. Bing isn't these errors, so it's kind of confusing. The problem seems to be because of relative links. Google ...
4
votes
2answers
637 views

Understanding Ajax crawling of search site

I have a couple of questions about Ajax crawling of a website, which is kind of search engine itself. The base article explains the mechanism of making AJAX applications crawlable. All this stuff ...
4
votes
1answer
4k views

Are urls with ?page=something bad for SEO? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is a URL with a query string better or worse for SEO then one without one? I have a listing of members on my homepage. My dynamic urls are quite simple: http://mysite.com/...
4
votes
2answers
209 views

Why would a website's URL scheme be changed from short and user-friendly URLs to long URLs?

I wonder why some website changes their short and user-friendly URLs to long URLs - examples: cricinfo.com ----> espncricinfo.com indiafm.com ---> bollywoodhungama.com Why would a webmaster ...
4
votes
2answers
313 views

What URL should I use for my blog archives?

I'm starting a new blog and I have the ability to publish my archives (old post urls that will receive most of my search traffic) anywhere I choose without any repercussions. I've been taking some ...
4
votes
3answers
200 views

URI design for many-to-many relationship: advice needed

I'm stuck designing URIs for a many-to-many relationship between users and other resources. Specifically I'm having difficulty predicting the consequences of different approaches. Given a resources ...
4
votes
2answers
357 views

Is it OK to “pause” an advert in terms of SEO?

I have a website along the lines of Craigslist, where users can post classified ads. Some users have requested a feature where they're able to pause/resume their ads. From an seo point of view, the ...
4
votes
1answer
136 views

Do I need to update the sitemap.xml file after removing some URLs?

Do I need to update the sitemap.xml file after removing some URLs from the website and merge three different URLs to a single one. For example, three different URLs: www.example.com/one.html (main ...
4
votes
2answers
2k views

Should URLs with UTF8 characters be encoded in HTML?

I'm thinking of names and stuff containing accented characters. E.g.is there a difference between: <a href="http://example.com/thing?name=forêt">link</a> and <a href="http://example....
4
votes
1answer
249 views

Temporarily use different URL

Client asked me to temporarily replace homepage for product list, until he decides what should be on the homepage (that's not my business :)) I would like to know, how big impact it will have on the ...
4
votes
2answers
130 views

URL hijacked for spam [closed]

I'm the Webmaster and administrator for a site, built on Drupal 7. I've updated Drupal to the latest version. My issue is that it seems as if someone or somebot is using our url. Has my legitimate ...
4
votes
3answers
2k views

How to remove a fragment / hash URL from Google search results?

My old site used to write the URLs without !. Eg: www.example.com/#/products But it has been more than 6 months since I changed it to include ! in the URL like so: www.example.com/#!/products But ...
4
votes
5answers
150 views

SEO URL, Category vs Location Priority

We are building a website for listing out brand information. As a reference it is comparable to yelp.com. Basically a brand will belong to a category and an area. From SEO point of view what will be ...
4
votes
2answers
207 views

Do directory names and URL's paths make a difference for SEO?

Using a very simple example with cars, this seems to make more sense: site.com/cars/audi/convertibles/red/ But since a person is likely to search for red convertible or red audi convertible, would ...
4
votes
3answers
159 views

Choosing the best URLs for a Picture Blog site on Wordpress

I would like to select the best SEO friendly URL format for my WordPress based picture site. But I am not sure about the impact of SEO in the following formats. In other words I want a better format ...
4
votes
2answers
254 views

Confirm if trailing slash is acceptable for a file, rather than a directory

I have been reading on here and Google results for a few hours now including this question and the links therein and many others. Including a URI building styleguide from the w3c and others. I have ...
4
votes
2answers
668 views

Which URL format is better? example.com/[id]/title OR example.com/title/[id].html [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: SEO : urls : best place for the id My site uses URL rewriting in both formats (for different things), but I'm wondering which one is the better approach? http://www.example....
4
votes
2answers
928 views

Google Search Console says “submitted URL blocked by robots.txt” even though there is no robots.txt file

Today I got a email notice from Google that there were search problems with my site. I logged into Google Search Console. It shows that 1 file was being blocked by robots.txt, and has been for ...
4
votes
1answer
51 views

How can I substitute our site name in the place that the URL usually appears in the Google search results?

Below is a screen shot of a query on Google. The URL usually appears where the green text is. How do you control what that says? For my specific site it displays the URL. I want to put my business ...
4
votes
2answers
76 views

Google indexing redirected login pages

I have a website on which users can ask a question, but in order to ask a question they must be logged in. Which means if users go to the URL example.com/ask-question/, then it will redirect them to ...
4
votes
1answer
500 views

Separate URLs on tabbed content - good or bad for SEO?

I am building a site that lists shops. Each shop page has two tabs: shop info and reviews. It's one page, with jQuery hiding/showing the right portion of the content. From a purely SEO point of view, ...
4
votes
1answer
395 views

When translating a site go with URLs in Chinese or English?

What is the best practice when translating a site to Chinese, go with URLs in Chinese or English? Could you please share the reason why?