How do you write the best urls ?

24 Sep 2010 - 5:03am
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Patricep
2009

Hi, 

I realized that I neglected the writing of urls and its importance in the success of the interaction design and user experience (i'm embarassed Smile) . So i'd like to know how do you integrate this part in your thinking of design :

 

  • Which good practises are taken into account especially for website with strong traffic ? 
  • How write the most useful urls ? 
  • What questions to ask to not forget anything ?

 

To summarize : how do you deal this point to develop the best user experience possible ?

Thx for your advices on this point,

Patrice

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24 Sep 2010 - 2:51pm
gyrostu
2010

URLs are getting more important now that they are not full of nasty query strings. CMSs like Wordpress and MVC architecture promote 'pretty URLs' because of url rewriting and how they handle the page requests respectively. So I would approach it like you would any other heading or taxonomic strategy. Be clear and use words that resonate with your site visitors.

27 Sep 2010 - 4:25am
Patricep
2009

I'm agree, and my current project is a drupal project. We should think about the case where 2 (or more) contents have the same title. So we add the publication date to distinguish contents.

thx

 

27 Sep 2010 - 8:59am
hersh
2010

Having keywords in urls helps your users figure out what the link is about if no context is given. It also enables Google to bold the keywords while displaying url in results list. It does however make the url long and may increase chances of splitting, occupy more lines, thus potentially causing some trouble in older versions of email programs such as Outlook Express, Apple Mail and even mobile clients. It would also force user to shorten your link when sending over social networks.

Per Matt Cutts of Google, keywords in urls render little seo value. Perhaps when someone links to your site using the entire url as link text, it may pick up the keywords and asscociate them with the page. When urls are cryptic, Google often replaces them with your breadcrumb trail.

So for eg: If I were to formulate a url schema for a news site, I may consider using only category taxonomy in the url and leave the individual page title out. example.com/sports/soccer/jan10/abcdefgh.html

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