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URL Title Directions

Rules for Friendly url titles in CMS

Friendly URL titles must be cleaned up before they can be activated. Without them, your URL address line will consist of the site address and page numbers.

Any section or page title appearing in the browser address box that is longer than 16 characters causes unpredictable behavior which deteriorates with time.

Think of the url title as directions to a page. They serve little purpose, but to make it easy for you to give the address to a page. It is the page which is of importance and the address to get there should be simplified.

This one is impossible to translate on the telephone: http://www.yourdept.utoronto.ca/Postgraduate/postdoctoral/Postdoctoral_Training_Program_in_Medical_Microbiology.htm should be something like this....
http://www.yourdept.utoronto.ca/postgrad/postdoc/tpmm.htm
Giving the direction to a page with information on your web site is like giving transit directions. Many streets are numbered for use on road maps. Kingston Road on a map is HWY2, Yonge Street is HWY11.
The naming rules:
The url title needs to be filled in on every page. Calendar events also must have the URL title amended.
1. URL titles can only be one word
2. no capital letters
3. no symbols
4. no underscore
5. no spaces
6. each word between the slash can be no longer than 16 letters.
Digital Assets:
The address in the URL for any attachment includes the folder name, so you get things like this:
http://www.yourdept.utoronto.ca/Assets/Pay+rates+-+unions/USWJul06pay.pdf
Folders need to be renamed also. There is no need for 3 words in the title of a file. Please use the description area which allows up to 3 thousand characters.
Restructure so you have more folders.
You can have as many folders as you need and go 4 levels deep on each.
A folder called payrates has folders for whatever to do with payrates, one of which is unions, which would hold folders for each union (usw). The file then is called july06. It is preferable not to use dates in a filename.
Result: http://www.yourdept.utoronto.ca/Assets/payrates/usw/july06.pdf
Following this directive will add to your sites good health.
Please send any inquiries to cms.help@utoronto.ca

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Selecting URL names for your pages

This topic includes a list of Best Practices for creating URLs. URLs should be one of your first considerations when initially designing a site.
Keep them short
􀂃 Try to make the site directories and file names short but meaningful.
􀂃 Aim for the shortest identifiers consistent with a general description of the page (or directory) contents or function. For example, /products is better than /productcatalog
􀂃 Shorter URLs are better since people often type them manually. Short URLs mail better. They don't wrap and break. *email is the second most common way users get to new site
􀂃 Short URLs are easy to read over the phone.
􀂃 Short URLs can be memorized when used often enough.
􀂃 Note: the path + filename cannot be more than 255 characters.
Make the URL names simple and easy to type
􀂃 Avoid underscores. Often designers use names like product_spec_sheet.html or product-spec-sheet.html. The underscore is often difficult to notice and type.
􀂃 Use lower case and try to address case sensitivity issues. Given the last tip, you might consider naming a file ProductSpecSheet.html. Do not use MiXeD case text in URLs since people can't remember the difference between uppercase and lower-case characters.
Make URLs that visualize the site structure
􀂃 Add guessable entry point URLs. Since users often guess domain names, it is not a stretch for users -- particularly power users -- to add directory paths in URLs. For example, a user trying to find information about Microsoft Word might type http://www.microsoft.com/word.
􀂃 Make URLs hackable. This will allow users to move to higher levels of the information architecture by hacking off the end of the URL. For example, if a user was in www.company.com/about/careers.htm and wanted to go to the About page, all they would need to do is remove careers.htm from the end of the URL.