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best practice for broken URLS

Thread began 6/10/2016 5:47 pm by Christopher West | Last modified 6/13/2016 1:07 pm by santius355196 | 389 views | 5 replies |

Christopher WestCommunity Expert

best practice for broken URLS

Hi lets say I have URL: http://localhost/armadillo/category.php?Department=Lighting which works fine, and now lets say if the URL was mistyped, for example missing the last 2 letters, like so: http://localhost/armadillo/category.php?Department=Lighti

What would be the sensible way of redirecting the customer to a friendly page (otherwise it will default to a page with incomplete content)

Chris

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CraigRBeta Tester

off the top of my head possibilities

Hi Chris,

I can think of 2 options for this.

you could consider a wildcard in the search, so that even if the url was mistyped, it would still find a result, ie department like %lighti%

alternatively' you could consider a conditional php redirect, so that if the search returns no results, redirect to another page (noresults.php)

you could also pass the url parameter to the noresults page and use this in the content and as a more general search parameter, with a message like, 'you typed this', there is nothing, these are the closest match..., with links back to the relevant page.

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Christopher WestCommunity Expert

Hi Craig, I got my search no results page all sorted thanks. My original question relates to other pages, well relating to my category listing pages, since the category listing page shows results based on the URL and let's say for what ever reason, the last few letters were cut off from the URL (maybe an incorrect copy/paste of a URL) so since the URL won't return any results but the page will still display but with blank areas.

Same idea for product pages. Let's say for argument sake that product ID 45 doesn't exist. But if you were to have a URL that ends with ProductID=45 then it will still display the page, but the dynamic elements wouldn't be missing.

Does this make sense?

Chris

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CraigRBeta Tester

Can I go through it step by step, as I am not quite sure I am getting what you want.
(A screenshot may help me ?)
Lets take the ProductID = 45 as an example.
If this product doesn’t exist, then no rows are returned from the recordset. - what do you want to do then ?
Do you want to display something on the current page, ie a message saying that this item does not exist ?
Or do you want to redirect to another page ?
Either way, couldn’t you just put the relevant code in a conditional block ?

<?php if ($recordset->TotalRows == 0) { // Show if mysqli recordset empty ?>

….
<?php }?>



Or something else ?

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Christopher WestCommunity Expert

I am a fool lol yes that's exactly what I needed to do and actually did it for another page....I was over thinking the solution I was going to do a redirect to be honest to the home page since there be nothing to display on the product page if there are no results. But can do an if statement. I think I had in my mind to do some type of condition at the top of the page above the HTML body where all my other php resides. A little bit like what ecart does as I've noticed redirects if no basket etc.

Chris

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CraigRBeta Tester

re: "I am a fool"

Happens to me all the time ;-)

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