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Re: URL aliases for WPD without /wiki

From: Doug Schepers <schepers@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 20 Mar 2013 11:01:31 -0400
Message-ID: <5149CF4B.9090104@w3.org>
To: Denis Ah-Kang <denis@w3.org>
CC: Ryan Lane <rlane32@gmail.com>, Lea Verou <lea@w3.org>, "public-webplatform@w3.org" <public-webplatform@w3.org>
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.)

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