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/forum/forums URL structure

Discussion in 'XenForo Questions and Support' started by cmeinck, Oct 18, 2010.

  1. cmeinck

    cmeinck Well-Known Member

    I'm setting up redirects from a vB4 w/vbSEO site. My old category structure provided URL's that looked like: www.mysite.com/forum/category

    With XF, the URL's are www.mysite.com/forum/forums/category

    Is this correct? I assume that some use community, so it's /community/forums/category.

    I've just completed my migration, so wanted to be sure this was correct.
  2. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    It depends where you install the software.
    The /forum or /community is just the directory it has been installed into.

    If you install it in the root then it will be www.mysite.com/forums/category.
  3. cmeinck

    cmeinck Well-Known Member

    Because of my vB rewrites, I think installing in root would cause all sorts of problems for me. Can you install in root and use a CMS in root?
  4. ExpertPixels.com

    ExpertPixels.com Well-Known Member

  5. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Yes, installing more than one software suite in the same directory can be a problem, especially if they have identical file names such as index.php.

    Just to clarify though, the /forums is to identify the content type, just as /pages is for Pages and /threads is for individual threads/topics.

    For example:

  6. cmeinck

    cmeinck Well-Known Member

    Thing is if you change 'forum' to 'community', you're changing your main forum URL from your vB install. That's not something I'd like to do for obvious SEO reasons.

    It will be interesting to see how an XF forum will do in serps with /forum/forums/category as opposed to /forum/category.
  7. ExpertPixels.com

    ExpertPixels.com Well-Known Member

    The problem here is this, anyone installing in a sub directory called "Forums" or "Forum" is going to end up with forums/forums/ or forum/forums/ so this is maybe something that XF can address in upcoming releases or if someone wants to start fooling around with some rewrites for us lol... only a minor issue but never the less i think this could be a SEO issue.
    estranged likes this.
  8. cmeinck

    cmeinck Well-Known Member

    I agree, but it could be a good thing having both forum and forums in the URL. In a perfect world, I wouldn't have both, but I'm hoping it's not a big issue, especially now that I've migrated from a vBSEO'ed vB4 install.

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