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User-friendly URLs

Often URLs are hard to type, remember and preserve, because they are littered with punctuation and identifiers that are irrelevant to us. Thomas A. Powell and Joe Lima show us how to design well-formed and user-friendly URLs.

Some highlights:
- Keep them short and sweet
- Use lower case
- Do not expose technology via directory names (e.g. /cgi-bin/)
- Avoid punctuation in file names (e.g. product_spec.html)
- Plan for host name typos (e.g. wwww.guuui.com or www.guui.com)
- Allow omission of the www prefix (e.g. guuui.com)
- Add guessable entry point URLs (e.g. www.guuui.com/about/)
- Remove or rewrite query strings (e.g. posting.asp?postingID=313 to posting313.asp)

Links:

Henrik Olsen - April 13, 2003

See also: Tips and guidelines (60)  URLs (3) 

 

COMMENTS TO THIS POSTING

There are also some advantages and disadvantages due to search engine optimization aspects. Keywords in links may help in ranking at search engines like google, but depending on the format of url, the technique of redirect and/or whether its implemented on the own site or is used via an external service there maybe a risk of loosing link popularity as well as a chance of getting complicated Urls into indices. It's more complicated as you may believe at the first glance.

Gerald | April 28, 2003


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