ABC Friendly URL Training Webinar

The following webinar was recorded on Thursday, March 24, 2016 and covers the new ABC Friendly URL module. This training video will teach you how to:

  • Install and enable the module for your website.
  • Add and edit friendly URLs
  • Module navigation.

Webinar Q & A from both sessions:

Q: What is the benefit of using the Friendly URLs and what if you chose not to do this?

A: Friendly URLs aid with a number of initiatives including marketing campaigns and search engine optimization. By using a Friendly URL, you're creating a way for users to use an easy to remember and type URL which redirects visitors to a long and usually hard to find URL on your site. (The documentation on this site covers such example.) If you choose not to use this service, you're not hindered in any way. However, this system allows you to create easy to use URLs for any URL even those not on your site. So you could even use this service for event registration links, blog posts and more.

Q: Kind of like "tiny URLs" creator?

A: Yes, that's correct. A Friendly URL is essentially a branded TinyURL.

Q: If the name of a Friendly URL is two words, do you need to use an underscore in the name between the words?

A: Friendly URLs should always be one word, but sometimes that's just not possible. Spaces can cause unintended side effects in URLs. If you have a Friendly URL which needs to contain more than one word, you have a couple of options. Let's use "Calendar of Events" as an example.

  1. Use underscores: Calendar_Of_Events
  2. Use dashes: Calendar-Of-Events
  3. Use Camel Back : calendarOfEvents (a term used in programming which resembles the back of a camel - notice the first letter of each word is capitalized)
Q: I'm in the middle of migrating to the new mobile friendly template, do I still need to go in and do this?

A: The only affect the template migration will have on your Friendly URLs, is if you change your page names. If you do, then you'll need to update your Friendly URLs accordingly. Otherwise, if you need to use them, you don't have to wait to migrate to a new template.