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SEF url's

Thread began 10/06/2009 4:32 am by | Last modified 10/06/2009 6:08 pm by phil | 1814 views | 4 replies |

SEF url's

Hey guys,

I'm seriously thinking on buying webassist services, but I want to know something first.
Do you guys provide also a solution to use SEF url's on websites created with your tools.

I want my customers to be able to fill in a SEF url when they add a page to their website.


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I'm not sure personally, but incase there isnt that functionality it is pretty easy to acheive SEF urls with mod_rewrite using .htaccess.

Google it and look for a mod_rewrite generator to do the dirty work for you. the below is a good one that I use:


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Jason ByrnesWebAssist

Yes, Phil is correct, Creating Search Engine Friendly URLS is a function of the webserver using mod rewrite.

We do not have a tool for this, the webserver can be configured to do this for you

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Thanks for the quick answer and the very useful tool.

Does anybody know how CMS's (for example Drupal) do this? In Drupal you can assign a sef url to every page straight from the backend. Does Drupal add a line in the .htaccess every time then?

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Thats not how it works really no. I arent overly familiar with Drupal, but I would assume it has a 'URLstring' or simply a 'title' (or similar) field for news posts and page records etc. That field string will be pulled out of the DB and used in the URL.

Basically what mod_rewrite will do for you is use a rule which you specify in order to read the key bits of dynamic data in a URL.

I.e, if you have:


You can specify a rule in a .htaccess file to tell the server how that URL relates to the original, i.e:


It will know that whatever number which comes after 'article' in the rewritten URL is the id variable. In this case, the server wont care what comes after that and the 'how-to-grow-your-own-carrots.html' bit is irrelevant to it. That is just your SEF bit.

I'm no mod_rewrite guru so you're best off looking at the tutorials. It's pretty hard to get your head around at first!

If you post a link to a dynamic page on your site, I could look at an appropriate .htaccess file to put at your site root folder and see if we can get it up and running for you. Your host will need to allow .htaccess though, and this is assuming you are using PHP.

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