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    my board was installed in the root of my webserver so when you go to www.thesaltybox.com it displays the forum instantly.

    I have noticed though that in the URL bar it shows

    Code:
    http://www.thesaltybox.com/forum/the-salty-box-com-service-section/thesaltybox-com-news/1827416-forum-upgrade-to-version-5/page2
    http://www.thesaltybox.com/forum/the...-to-version-5/

    My question is how do I shorten this URL and remove the forum part? to make it more google friendly.

  • #2
    The /forum is to distinguish posts from /blogs, /articles and /social-groups.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Glenn Vergara View Post
      The /forum is to distinguish posts from /blogs, /articles and /social-groups.
      ok so that is by design then?

      Is there anyway to shorten the SEO links as having

      Code:
      http://www.thesaltybox.com/forum/the-salty-box-com-service-section/thesaltybox-com-news/1827416-forum-upgrade-to-version-5/page2
      example part in BOLD below doesn't look right or nice.

      Code:
      http://www.thesaltybox.com/forum/[B]the-salty-box-com-service-section/thesaltybox-com-news[/B]/1827416-forum-upgrade-to-version-5/page2

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      • #4
        That's by design. And you can't change it without modifying the code. The format of the URL is:

        /forum/[category]/[forum-name]/[suforum-name]/[nodeid]-[post-title]

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        • tomcoleman
          tomcoleman commented
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          ok thanks very much

      • #5
        Site builder can rename URLs. When you change the URL with the site-builder, it sets a redirect301 in the routing table. I've renamed most of the URLs on my site using this technique. Just for example: I renamed
        Code:
        [URL="http://www.k5blazersplus.com/forums/forum/main-forum/build-threads/chevy/k5-blazer/-69-72-first-gen"][COLOR=#000000]http://www.k5blazersplus.com/forums/[/COLOR][/URL][COLOR=#000000]forum/build-threads/chevy/k5-blazer/-69-72-first-gen[/COLOR]
        to
        Code:
        [URL="http://www.k5blazersplus.com/forums/69-72-first-gen"][COLOR=#000000]http://www.k5blazersplus.com/forums/69-72-first-gen[/COLOR][/URL]
        The old URL still works so there is no broken links to deal with. After the URL change, when I click on a post, the following is displayed in the URL bar
        Code:
        [URL="http://www.k5blazersplus.com/forums/69-72-first-gen/163-71-k5-build-for-the-wife"][COLOR=#000000]http://www.k5blazersplus.com/forums/[/COLOR][/URL][URL="http://www.k5blazersplus.com/forums/69-72-first-gen"][COLOR=#000000]69-72-first-gen[/COLOR][/URL][COLOR=#000000]/163-71-k5-build-for-the-wife[/COLOR]
        Last edited by Replicant; Wed 20 May '15, 2:28pm.


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        • #6
          Another important point is that having the word "forum" in a URL is not suddenly going to divert all that site's traffic elsewhere.

          Don't believe most of the SEO "specialists".
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