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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 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 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.