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Re: URL aliases for WPD without /wiki

From: Doug Schepers <schepers@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 21 Mar 2013 16:25:10 -0400
Message-ID: <514B6CA6.6000007@w3.org>
To: Lea Verou <lea@w3.org>
CC: Ryan Lane <rlane32@gmail.com>, Denis Ah-Kang <denis@w3.org>, "public-webplatform@w3.org" <public-webplatform@w3.org>
Hey-

On 3/21/13 2:03 PM, Lea Verou wrote:
> Implementing it should be very simple, just add two [OR] conditions in
> the .htaccess so that it applies when the host is webplatform.org
> <http://webplatform.org> or www.webplatform.org
> <http://www.webplatform.org>.
> Doug, do you think it’s a good idea?

Yes, seems smart to me.

Regards-
-Doug

> Lea Verou
> W3C developer relations
> http://w3.org/people/all#leahttp://lea.verou.me ✿ @leaverou
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> On Mar 21, 2013, at 19:53, Ryan Lane wrote:
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>> Likely a good idea. We do something like this with Wikimedia sites as
>> well; for instance:
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>> http://en.wikipedia.org/Main_Page
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>> We should probably add nice pages for 404s and other errors as well.
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>> - Ryan
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>> On Thu, Mar 21, 2013 at 7:36 AM, Lea Verou <lea@w3.org
>> <mailto:lea@w3.org>> wrote:
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>>     What do you guys think about also redirecting URLs that are not
>>     found (404) from webplatform.org/svg <http://webplatform.org/svg>
>>     or www.webplatform.org/svg <http://www.webplatform.org/svg> to
>>     docs.webplatform.org/wiki/svg
>>     <http://docs.webplatform.org/wiki/svg>? I often make the mistake
>>     of leaving out the "docs" subdomain and get an ugly 404.
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>>     Lea Verou
>>     W3C developer relations
>>     http://w3.org/people/all#leahttp://lea.verou.me
>>     <http://lea.verou.me/> ✿ @leaverou
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>>     On Mar 20, 2013, at 17:01, Doug Schepers wrote:
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>>     > Hey, folks-
>>     >
>>     > On 3/20/13 9:02 AM, Denis Ah-Kang wrote:
>>     >> On 03/19/2013 12:51 PM, Ryan Lane wrote:
>>     >>> On Tue, Mar 19, 2013 at 8:32 AM, Lea Verouwrote:
>>     >>>
>>     >>>     I’m not sure if I’m in the minority, but I often type WPD
>>     URLs by
>>     >>>     hand, so typing the /wiki part every time is tedious. I was
>>     >>>     wondering if we could set up redirects for the top level
>>     paths (e.g.
>>     >>>     /css, /html, /svg etc) which redirect to the URL with the
>>     /wiki part
>>     >>>     so that for example [1] becomes [2].
>>     >>>
>>     >>>     Doug likes the idea but is concerned about potential SEO
>>     >>>     implications. I think that if we do it with 301 redirects
>>     it will be
>>     >>>     fine for SEO, but I might be wrong (?).
>>     >>>     Denis, is it possible? I think it could be done with a few
>>     rules in
>>     >>>     the .htaccess, perhaps without even having to explicitly
>>     list all
>>     >>>     the top level categories (i.e. test if the path starts
>>     with /wiki
>>     >>>     and if not, add it).
>>     >>>     Everyone else, do you think it's a good idea?
>>     >>>
>>     >>> This shouldn't hurt SEO. Assuming this structure won't change
>>     much in
>>     >>> the future, it seems sane. Changes in the structure could harm
>>     SEO if
>>     >>> we're unable to properly map the redirects to the new
>>     structure (dead
>>     >>> links are bad). The rewrite rules for this should be easy-ish.
>>     >>
>>     >> I added the redirects directly in the docs apache
>>     configuration. Let me
>>     >> know if there's any issue.
>>     >
>>     > Thanks, Denis, seems to work fine!
>>     >
>>     > (To clarify, I didn't have concerns per se about SEO, I just
>>     wanted to get community opinion and buy-in, in case we were
>>     missing something.)
>>     >
>>     > Regards-
>>     > -Doug
>>     >
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