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Strange URL behavior...is this fixable?

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  1. Josh Anderson
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    08 Nov 2012
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    I've noticed that our system produces inconsistent URLs, which makes me worry about SEO performance. You'll see you can access our home page via http://www.telephonypartners.com, but if you click the Home link in the toolbar, it redirects to http://www.telephonypartners.com/home, which makes sense since the the page's URL in the CMS is "home."

    This behavior is also present in blog posts. As an example, you can see a recent post both, which can be accessed both at http://www.telephonypartners.com/blog/blog/2012/11/06/better-contracting-with-docusign and http://www.telephonypartners.com/blog/2012/11/06/better-contracting-with-docusign (note the extra "blog" in the second URL). I suspect this behavior is because our blog is set to have a URL of "blog."

    I've tried clearing the URL field in the page properties, but that's not allowed. All pages must have something in that URL field.

    Any ideas how I can make it so the home page is always the bare URL, without the extra "/home" and how the blog link will always have only one instance of the word "blog" in the URL?

    Josh
  2. MB
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    08 Nov 2012 in reply to Josh Anderson
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    FWIW - I personally have an aversion to putting 'Home' on the navigation-bar, as I think it is both redundant and unattractive - as well as taking up space on the navbar that I am normally short of.

    I only ever use the logo (always top left) and some static text links (usually top right) that include Home, Contact-Us, About-Us, etc - i.e. Pages that people need to have access to but actually rarely visit.
  3. Josh Anderson
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    09 Nov 2012 in reply to MB
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    I'm with you on the Home link and actually started out without one, but you'd be surprised how many people during development would ask, "How do I get back to the home page." I thought the logo link was pretty universal UX by now, but it's a comfort for some folks, I guess.
  4. Jochem Bökkers
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    12 Nov 2012 in reply to Josh Anderson
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    Hey Josh,

    By default you'll actually have 3 url's pointing to your homepage:
    http://www.telephonypartners.com
    http://www.telephonypartners.com/home
    http://www.telephonypartners.com/home/

    All of which will be perceived by Google as different pages. So setting up a canconical will at least avoid any seo confusion. (Naturally changing the manual link on the image to point to /home will also help)
    http://support.google.com/webmasters/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=139394


    Take a look at this page to see how to remove the trailing slash from the equation: 
    http://www.sitefinity.com/documentation/documentationarticles/installation-and-administration-guide/create-a-project/creating-and-running-projects-on-iis/using-url-rewrite-for-seo
    The /blog/blog/ vs /blog/ is just a lucky coincidence because you named your blog 'blog' so it understands the url by accident. Slavo Ingilizov wrote a blogpost a while back, describing how you can chance blog/news urls, perhaps that will help you:
    http://www.sitefinity.com/blogs/slavo-ingilizovs-blog/2011/10/19/custom_url_formats_for_sitefinity_content_modules
  5. Josh Anderson
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    12 Nov 2012 in reply to Jochem Bökkers
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    Thanks. I went ahead and created a custom control that I can use to set the canonical link. Great suggestion and a good way to avoid wrestling with the URLs themselves. Nevertheless, I did implement the rewriting rules to strip the trailing slash.

    I'll work on setting up the blog links so they work a little better.

    Josh
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