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Url patterns, what do you prefer?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by cedivad, Aug 14, 2010.

  1. cedivad

    cedivad Active Member

    news.php?id=123456
    news/123456/
    news/123456-news-title/
    news/2010/5/news-title/
    site.com/nUfed7dA (where the first n stands for News, Ufed7dA is the parameter)

    I think the last one is the best. Simply because it will stay the same for years.
     
  2. Forsaken

    Forsaken Well-Known Member

    I'd prefer news/news-title-123456/ or something similar.
     
  3. Disjunto

    Disjunto Well-Known Member

    I like how XF has it at the moment. the URL makes sense to read, and it doesn't have excessive / and the title+id separator isn't used anywhere within the title
     
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  4. Brandon_R

    Brandon_R Guest

    Same here.
     
  5. Shamil

    Shamil Well-Known Member

    The current XF implementation means the most to me.
     
  6. Steffi

    Steffi Active Member

    Same here. :D
     
  7. 0ptima

    0ptima Well-Known Member

    I like the way XF does it.
     
  8. Lost

    Lost Well-Known Member

    The XF implementation kind of grew on me.
     
  9. Onimua

    Onimua Well-Known Member

    I prefer the way XF has it as well. I never particularly liked /234/567/title or odd combinations of it. The only time I didn't mind that was for blogs or news articles that I could tell the date by the URL (2008/6/16).
     
  10. erich37

    erich37 Well-Known Member

    as long as Google is able to read the URL, I do not care how it looks like...
     
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  11. TheComputerGuy

    TheComputerGuy Active Member

    site.com/nUfed7dA
     
  12. cedivad

    cedivad Active Member

    Well, i'm not alone =)
    Who is the one that looks like an astronaut?
     
  13. Out of those options I like the third the most but I've come across one that's pretty much the same that I think is even better.

    news/123456/news-title/

    Then you can adjust the news-title to whatever you want or ditch it all together if you need shortness.

    As an example the Stuff news website in NZ uses that format. So the following three urls all point to the same story.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/4026016/Mailbox-rule-a-low-blow-says-outraged-resident
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/4026016/Short-One
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/4026016/
     
  14. Danny.VBT

    Danny.VBT Active Member

    I like the third one too. In fact, I am not a big fan of XF's current URL structure. The argument that we read left to right is a moot point considering that the title is now wedge in the middle of the domain and ID/Request parameters.

    It's much easier, for me atleast, to focus on the end of a string to get the relevant title.
     
  15. pk698

    pk698 Active Member

    The way XF displays it right now seems ideal to me. It just seems better suited for SEO.
     
  16. TheComputerGuy

    TheComputerGuy Active Member

    I want short url's. long urls gave business to bit.ly and the such. Great services...just trying to cut out the middle man.
     
  17. feldon30

    feldon30 Well-Known Member

    SEO friendly doesn't have to mean user hostile. That URL has little meaning to a user and cannot be distinguished from any other thread URL when viewed in a list.
     
  18. cedivad

    cedivad Active Member

    That is not seo friendly.
     

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