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Friendly URLs

Posted: March 13th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Good practices, Patterns | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »

Friendly URLs are are usability patterns if you want. Let me explain myself for a moment here.

When a user sees in his browser example.com?index.aspx?action=art&id=7799&cat=52&p=2#a22 he simply ignores that. That URL doesn’t give him any information at all. It’s a bunch of numbers, parameters, crazy signs.

When he sees example.com/kitchens/a-article-about-nice-kitchen-furniture.html#comment-no-22 on the other hand, the user kindda’ guesses that he’s about to read an article about kitchen furniture, part of the kitchen articles category in the site. Hell, some computer-savy guys might know the browser will set on the 22nd comment to that article.

URLs can act like breadcrumbs. It’s a signpost, a “You are here” marker.

Bonus: they are great for SEO, everybody knows that, and they are much more appealing esthetically.


One Comment on “Friendly URLs”

  1. 1 Radu said at 10:08 am on March 31st, 2009:

    for an example of really usable URLs, have a look at http://clearleft.com, click on the menu links and watch the address bar :)
    yeah this isn’t a complex dynamic site, but still.


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