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New url format
Beginning Sunday, 3/1/09, the url (web address) for items in Net-at-hand websites have changed.
Previously, the url for a page was made up of the title of the page with all the including folders as well. For example, if you had a page called “My history” in a folder called “About me”, then the url for that page would have been ”/about-me/my-history”.
The new url format is a bit simpler (and faster for the system to generate). Now, the url for that same page in the previous paragraph would be ”/my-history:[id#]” where [id#] would be a the specific id number for that page in the system.
Now, we will be the first to admit that this new format is not as clean-looking as the old. We actually like the old format better in that regard. However, the new one is much simpler for the system to generate and will help keep system performance better overall.
Don’t worry if you have hard-coded any of the old style urls into your website. Your content is still available at the old address. But any url’s that are automatically generated by the system will using the new style.
Side note Those of you who are wise in the way of SEO best practices might be wondering why we are letting content be available at two different urls. It will be a fairly simple matter to set up Net-at-hand to redirect all old-style urls to the new format, but we are waiting to make sure the are no unforeseen consequences to doing so. One example is if you need to include a webpage at a specific url for some system (such as Google’s webmaster tools). The new style urls will not work in that scenario. We will figure out the best way to handle this and address it when the time comes.