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  • Friendly URLs

    Anyone know how to get Alpha's app server to render "friendly URLs" or "FURLs".


    FYI - This is where a 'friendly URL' such as mydomain.com/products/shirts/red-shirt.htm is converted to a dynamic URL such as mydomain.com?id=1001. The friendly one appears in the address bar, the user does not see the true dynamic one.
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    Re: Friendly URLs

    A response from Alpha says they don't and won't suppor this. Also, that per Google, it is unnecessary as far as SEO anyway.
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    • #3
      Re: Friendly URLs

      What you are looking to do is referred to as "URL Rewriting" and the Application Server does not have any support for it. At one time we planned to add this, but Google's official position is that it is absolutely unnecessary for SEO and our internal experience is that dynamic URLs in the Application Server are properly indexed by search engines. Considering these points and the effort that would be required to implement it, we no longer have any plans to add this.

      For more info on Google's position:

      * 9/22/2008 - http://googlewebmastercentral.blogsp...atic-urls.html
      * 7/24/2007 - http://www.bruceclay.com/blog/archiv...ngine_o_6.html (see first paragraph after bullet list)
      * 10/25/2006 - http://googlewebmastercentral.blogsp...uidelines.html

      Lenny Forziati
      Vice President, Internet Products and Technical Services
      Alpha Software Corporation

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      • #4
        Re: Friendly URLs

        You could always use Apache alongside Alpha5, rewrite rules make this sort of thing very easy (once you get your head around the rewrite rule syntax!).

        Our website works like this (mostly PHP though, the Alpha5 stuff is on a different box), and there should be several threads that discuss using Apache and Alpha 5 WAS on the same server (but on different ports).

        http://www.charlesworth.com

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        • #5
          Re: Friendly URLs

          I'm already running Apache in front of my A5 server and read up on the mod_rewrite module as I started to look in to this. I'd have to try, not sure if it will work and I read that the mod_rewrite module is real difficult to implement.

          Have you been able to do what I describe in your Alpha application (not the PHP application).
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          • #6
            Re: Friendly URLs

            Originally posted by Steve Wood View Post
            I'm already running Apache in front of my A5 server and read up on the mod_rewrite module as I started to look in to this. I'd have to try, not sure if it will work and I read that the mod_rewrite module is real difficult to implement.

            Have you been able to do what I describe in your Alpha application (not the PHP application).
            It is not as hard as all that, it's how I learned to use .htaccess...

            It's mostly the regex stuff you need to learn and perhaps you already know that?

            The gist in our own .htaccess file is:

            RewriteEngine on

            RewriteRule ^([^/]+)~([^/]+) index.php?section=$1&pg=$2
            RewriteRule ^~([^/]*) index.php?section=$1&pg=home

            The actual swapping is made in the index page itself (in JavaScript so you can do this in Alpha5 as well) because images and text etc. are also being swapped, but you could just as well do the swap directly akin to:

            RewriteRule ^([^/]+)~([^/]+) $1/$2.a5w
            RewriteRule ^~([^/]*) $1/index.a5w

            Or run it via an .a5w page that does all the swapping or redirecting

            RewriteRule ^([^/]+)~([^/]+) swapme.a5w?section=$1&pg=$2
            RewriteRule ^~([^/]*) swapme.a5w?section=$1&pg=home

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