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Re: Thoughts on wpd.mx domain

From: Jonathan Garbee <jonathan@garbee.me>
Date: Fri, 17 May 2013 19:21:05 -0400
Message-ID: <CANQy2y34VkMTZzwOo1ozF4a+AdGH_VaaSdOjYfEAfm+jW4XzSQ@mail.gmail.com>
To: Lea Verou <lea@w3.org>
Cc: pdsouza@about.com, "public-webplatform@w3.org" <public-webplatform@w3.org>
We need short URLs because no one wants to type long ones. ;) .mx for the
TLD does seem odd, but what else is there? .io? I think the people actually
using the shortened URLs would have no problem remembering it. However I do
prefer just using goo.gl or bit.ly since they provide stats on usage such
as hit rates. However, the downside to these is they aren't very memorable.

wpd.mx should tell search engines to not index itself if there are any
adverse SEO issues, but from the discussion here I don't believe there are

On Sun, Apr 28, 2013 at 10:53 AM, Lea Verou <lea@w3.org> wrote:

> AFAIK URLs with 301 redirects do get indexed, but the resulting pagerank
> goes to the page they point to (as Julee pointed out) and the latter is
> what shows up in Google, so there shouldn’t be any adverse SEO side effects.
> However, I’m not sure wpd.mx is a good URL (.mx is hard to remember and
> doesn’t stand for anything WPD-related) and I’m not sure why we we even
> need short URLs.
> Just my two cents :)
> Lea Verou
> W3C developer relations
> http://w3.org/people/all#leahttp://lea.verou.me ✿ @leaverou
> On Apr 23, 2013, at 09:59, Patrick D'Souza wrote:
>  Hi,
> It has been brought to my notice that wpd.mx has been setup as a url
> shortener for webplatform.org urls. for e.g. wpd.mx/apis/canvas 301s to
> http://docs.webplatform.org/wiki/apis/canvas.<http://docs.webplatform.org/wiki/apis/canvas>
> This url has been indexed by Google and I don't like the thought of
> different urls pointing to the same content when a user is searching for
> canvas in a search engine. It dilutes the positive effects of a
> webplatform.org url.
> Sorry to be a little picky but we should avoid all such short urls which
> confuse a user and in turn result in duplicate content being served to
> search engines. I see the benefit of a url shortener as it can be useful
> in social media campaigns as well as brand promotion for webplatform.org. I
> propose we use this url shortener on webplatform.org itself for e.g.
> webplatform.org/font-size which would redirect to
> docs.webplatform.org/css/properties/font-size.  Every 301 is one
> additional request for a user which is not good in terms of performance. I
> would appreciate if we avoid 301s as far as possible unless it's absolutely
> required. Always, keep it simple :)
> Any thoughts and feedback are much appreciated.
> - Patrick
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