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Mapping complex url strings to vanity url's

Can anyone direct me to some resources



6:27 pm on Feb 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Hi Guys,

I've got a site with CMS that generates pages dynamicallyt with query string url's as long as your arm. And Google won't touch them with a barge pole.

Now I've seen successful scenarios where the really long url has been kept server side out of view,

but throughout the site, the links are all short succinct vanity url's in a nice hierarchical folder format eg domain.co.uk/name/name/.

These vanity links, when clicked on, are mapped at the server to the longer more complex and SE unfreindly URL's.

Its helped incredibly in getting the site indexed by Google, and Google liusts the vanity url, but caches the content of the dynamically generated page.

Only one problem. How do I do this?

Can anyone point me in the direction of some resources that will enable me to udnertsand how this is implemented, and what the motions to go through are.

many thanks



6:32 pm on Feb 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Check out this thread:


10:29 am on Feb 12, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Cheers Derek,

Although is it always a problem with apache. All the mod_rewrites seem to deal with apache webserver.

Is it not down to other variables like the content management system. Or what if they use other webserver set ups like webspeed or a broadvision cms.

are these strings always down to the webserver?


9:59 pm on Feb 12, 2003 (gmt 0)

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are these strings always down to the webserver?
Based stricly on what I've read in these forums, some CMS systems are more search engine friendly than others. Some offer patches and/or configuration options to make URLs more search engine friendly. It's probably best to speak to the support folks for your CMS before looking elsewhere for a solution.

If that fails, I suppose you could develop a script to redirect URLs. If that's not an option, you're down to the server.

Most web servers offer some mechanism for redirecting URLs.


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