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6/14/2009 12:02 AM  

The new short url feature is awesome. Is there a way using friendly URLs or something like Ifinity's URL Master to remove the "tabid/57/" portion to change this:

http://www.test.com/Articles/tabid/57/ID/1/This-is-a-test.aspx

to this:

http://www.test.com/Articles/ID/1/This-is-a-test.aspx

 

It's not that big of a deal but would be nice to be able to do.

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6/14/2009 7:47 AM  
Yes, I know someone that used ifinity to remove the tabid.

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6/19/2009 10:23 AM  
@ David - both iFinity's free provider and commercial Url Master will drop "tabid/xx/" by default. Great products.

@ Scott - I'm with David, great new feature! However, why do we need "Shorterned Article ID" at all?

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6/19/2009 11:04 AM  

The "ID/XX/" isn't that big of a deal and I immagine its neccessary to provide the module with the querystring variable so it can get the appropriate article and prevents article name collisions e.g. if you have two articles named "This is a test".

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6/19/2009 11:15 AM  
Also, an even bigger problem is that every time the NA Url scheme changes in any way, the module should clean up after itself by 301 redirecting old style Urls to the new style.

This is currently not the case and creates huge duplicate content problems in the eyes of search engines.

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6/19/2009 11:22 AM  
We have a 301 redirect module that uses an xml file you can enter the url's to redirect in. It's a lot of work but do-able. I wonder if there is a 301 redirect module that uses regular expressions to redirect. That way you could set one rule and redirect all your NewsArticles articles.
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6/19/2009 11:22 AM  

@ David - see my blog. There is no need for /ID/


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6/19/2009 11:26 AM  
iFinity Url Master supports regular expression based rewriting and redirection via .config file. That's how I clean things up every time I mess with my Urls.

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6/19/2009 7:42 PM  
I have code in the module (commented out) that does the 301 redirect, but in some cases it was causing a redirect loop. So I'm not confident in rolling it out yet.

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6/20/2009 10:43 AM  
Instead of a 301 redirect for existing posts, how about an option to only use the new URL scheme on new posts made after upgrading?

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6/21/2009 6:51 AM  
When you say only using the new URL scheme, do you mean make the old urls not work?

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6/21/2009 7:14 AM  
No, he means running both old and new Urls side by side. While that technically takes care of the duplicate content issue, it goes against the whole idea why we are trying to improve the Url structure in the first place.

I still think that proper and solid 301 redirect functionality is the way to go.

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6/22/2009 7:20 AM  
I just posted a release that uses the canonical link. You can find out more about the link here.

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7/19/2009 9:18 PM  
Hi Scott,

I use the Ifinity Canonical Linker and it clashes with your Canonical link header tag - I see in these 2 examples yours is correct as I have changed the ArticleID to ID, hence the Ifinity CL would be different, even if I excluded the other params.

However, I would just prefer that any old-style URLs do a 301 to the new URL then this won't be an issue at all.
http://www.pokerdiy.com/poker-blogs/articletype/articleview/articleid/284/pokerdiy-poker-league-update-email-blast.aspx
http://www.pokerdiy.com/poker-blogs/id/284/pokerdiy-poker-league-update-email-blast.aspx

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