Setting a URL
A URL should be:
- Easy to read and remember - Use whole words or acronyms
- Descriptive of the site
How URLs are generated
The URL (Uniform Resource Locator) for a section (page) is generated by the name you give it.
The system takes that name, makes all the letters lowercase, and converts spaces and special characters into dashes.
If the homepage of your website has the URL of www.isu.edu/stuff and you created a new section in your hierarchy named 'Corndogs & Mustard Packets'
The URL would for that section would be:
Keep in mind that if you accidentally put a space at the end of a section name it will result in a dash at the end of the URL.
Each level of your site structure results in a slash in your URL.
For instance, the URL of this page is www.isu.edu/cms/tutorials/basics/urls/
That matches the levels in the site structure
How to tailor a URL
In many cases, you need the section name to be something specific because that name is displayed in your navigation. However, that can result in weird URLs.
T4 has a way to create a URL that is separate from the section name.
On the General Section Details page under Advanced settings, there is a field called 'Output URI' (Uniform Resource Identifier)
What you put into this field will become the URL for that section.
On the section named 'Corndogs & Mustard Packets', if you set the Output URI to corndogs the URL for that section would become:
The Output URI will only change the URL on the level where the section resides. You cannot change it to www.isu.edu/corndogs/. If you would like to change a URL in that way, please contact us.
Changes the Output URI may result in broken links.
If you change a URI, please check to see if any links to that page are broken.