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URL Structure Optimization Tips

Domain Names

  • Limit length; technical limitations of 63 characters is far to long for an effective domain name
  • Try to obtain a domain name that contains a keyphrase relevant to your targeted ontent
  • Avoid spammy URLs that have numerous hyphens (-) or mispellings
  • Web 2.0 style names (IE Flickr) are all the rage (mostly because the real words are already taken

Folder/File Names

  • Separate words using - or _ so they can be read as separate words (IE avoid "hereismyseofolder")
  • Limit overall length, compress directory structure into file naming convention to reduce directory levels

Overall URL Structure

  • Limit the number of directory levels from the domain name to the file, avoid unnecessary folders
  • Limit the overall length of the URL, avoid unnecessary words and characters
  • Use keyphrases and real words - avoid shortened or meaningless words like /prod/ and /og/
  • Avoid session IDs and other session based parameters in URLs
  • Avoid having more than 2-3 name/value pairs in dynamic URL strings
  • Rewrite dynamic URLs into 'clean' or static URLs wherever possibl
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