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Problem with SEO friendly URL's and Server Validations

Thread began 10/23/2012 9:01 pm by neo314 | Last modified 10/24/2012 3:14 pm by neo314 | 994 views | 4 replies |

neo314

Problem with SEO friendly URL's and Server Validations

I'm having an issue with SEO friendly URL's and Server Validations.

I have a site with simple mod rewrite. It takes whatever comes after the domain and rewrites that as the url variable "page" for index.php

The page starts at

contact-us

When failing Server Validations, the form gets sent to

contact-us?page=index.php&page=contact-us

It does not matter if I leave the forward to field of the behavior blank or specify it as "/contact-us".

There does not seem to be any choice to not maintain the query string, and I can't clear the $_GET array first because that would break framework builder. I'm wondering if I will see this problem in other areas as well.

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Jason ByrnesWebAssist

you can prevent the validation from passing the URL variable by editing the webassist/form_validations/wavt_scripts_php.php file.

Change the following code:

php:
if (isset($_SERVER['QUERY_STRING']) && ($_SERVER['QUERY_STRING'] != '')) {

   if (strpos($thePostURL,"?") !== false)  {
     $thePostURL.= "&" . ($_SERVER['QUERY_STRING']);
    } else {
    $thePostURL.= "?" . ($_SERVER['QUERY_STRING']);
    }
  }
  $thePostURL = str_replace("%23","#",$thePostURL);
  header("Location: ". $thePostURL); 
  exit;



to:

php:
/*if (isset($_SERVER['QUERY_STRING']) && ($_SERVER['QUERY_STRING'] != '')) {

   if (strpos($thePostURL,"?") !== false)  {
     $thePostURL.= "&" . ($_SERVER['QUERY_STRING']);
    } else {
    $thePostURL.= "?" . ($_SERVER['QUERY_STRING']);
    }
  }*/
  $thePostURL = str_replace("%23","#",$thePostURL);
  header("Location: ". $thePostURL); 
  exit;
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neo314

I resolved the issue by modifying that file to:

/*
MOD TO DROP QUERY STRING FOR SEO URL
*/
if (!defined("DROP_QS") || (DROP_QS !== true)) { // <= modified
if (isset($_SERVER['QUERY_STRING']) && ($_SERVER['QUERY_STRING'] != '')) {
if (strpos($thePostURL,"?") !== false) {
$thePostURL.= "&" . ($_SERVER['QUERY_STRING']);
} else {
$thePostURL.= "?" . ($_SERVER['QUERY_STRING']);
}
}
} // <= modified
/*
END MOD
*/

but I had to modify the source file as well. Any time that I edit the validations behavior, my changes are overwritten, so I had to modify the source file as well. If these source files all go to xml, that could become harder.

To make the extension more compatible with options like mod rewrite and flexible in general, there should be a flag to preserve or drop the query. It would be great if WA preferences would allow a choice of whether or not to refresh the files if they already exist in the webassist directory (except when updating from a prior version), and a manual refresh webassist files option so that there is more control over such mods.

Thanks
Steven

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Jason ByrnesWebAssist

i will log a feature request.

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neo314

I edited the response. It had a typo. It should have been:

if (!defined("DROP_QS") || (DROP_QS !== true)) { // <= modified
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