haggul - 1:21 pm on Apr 15, 2012 (gmt 0)
My current site has the classic ASP URLS similar to /Category.asp?CID=42 - I have setup ISAPI Rewrite and got /category/some_friendly_text/42 working.
Question 1 : However I guess I need to 301 the old URLs onto the new (which will rewrite back to the old!) - how do people handle such things? Will I need to replace my existing pages with a 301 and then rewrite onto new versions as the URLs of these will be effectively hidden anyway?
The site I am working on deals with technical products - I am generating the friendly urls from the product and category names - thus the source where I would generate my friendly URLs from can contain all sorts of special characters.
Things like brackets, quotes, full stops etc would not be uncommon at all.
I realise I will need to strip these down, and have been replacing spaces and slashes etc but how far should I go? For example they have a category called :
Fibre Leads Multimode 62.5125µm (OM1) 2mm
That has a full stop, brackets and a µ charcter in it.
Question 2 : Is there a best practice for this sort of thing with regard what charcaters are allowed?