[Pro] Design error or server issue

When I type widgets.com/bluewidgets to view a page on my site I get an error page.

I have to type widget.com/bluewidgets.html to get the page to load.

I prefer the first version which makes it easier when telling people over the phone how to access certain pages of my site.

Question is; Have I designed it wrong or is it something to do with my server?


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From a non technical guy and in layman’s language: If I am correct,
widgets.com/bluewidgets’ indicates that ‘bluewidgets’ is a folder in
the server hierarchy. By adding the .‘html’ you tell the server it’s a
page you are looking for at the root level of the site ‘widgets.com’ -
and the same would apply for ‘.php’.

HTH Colin

On 26 Oct 2009, at 19:25, djnield wrote:

When I type widgets.com/bluewidgets to view a page on my site I get
an error page.

I have to type widget.com/bluewidgets.html to get the page to load.

I prefer the first version which makes it easier when telling people
over the phone how to access certain pages of my site.

Question is; Have I designed it wrong or is it something to do with
my server?


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Ahh cheers ColinJA,

I guess that makes sense now you point it out that way.
That’s not gonna work the way I want it then in that case, a rethink is needed then perhaps.


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If there are only a few ‘lead in’ pages you want to give out over the
phone, you can always make a folder with the name you want, containing
the page, and re-name the page file ‘index.html’ (no quotes, of
course!). Useful if you’re showing new pages to a client or have a
closely related set of pages following, but perhaps not the best SEO
technique. And too cumbersome if you have many pages you want to give
distinct verbal addresses.

Colin

On 26 Oct 2009, at 20:00, djnield wrote:

Ahh cheers ColinJA,

I guess that makes sense now you point it out that way.
That’s not gonna work the way I want it then in that case, a rethink
is needed then perhaps.


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As Colin says a web address of widgets.com/bluewidgets will direct to a folder called bluewidgets

Generally servers are configured to then look in that folder for pages that start index.html, index.htm, index.php (depending on configuration and server type).

If one of those is not found then you will get the 404 error page.

So if you want to use URLs like widgets.com/bluewidgets just make sure that your content is in a page called index.html

FW does make this very easy for you as every time you create a subfolder of your site the first page created in there defaults to index.html

David


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Yeah David,

Now it’s been pointed out I fully understand but never thought about it before now. To be honest I printed some documents out with this type of url without thinking. You hear & see it every day in the media I just wasn’t thinking of the consequance until I tried to get the page myself.

I’ve done a 301 for now just for this instance to avoid any error pages but in future I’m just gonna give out the correct address to begin with.

Cheers guys
Darren


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I’ve done a 301 for now just for this instance to avoid any error pages

All you need to do is make a folder in your Freeway document with the
name you waqnt. Put your page in there, use the Inspector palette to
change the FILE name (not the title) to “index.html”, and you’re
done. Once that’s uploaded, someone can go to just ‘site.com/name
rather than ‘Login | HSTS Redirection Community’.

There are other solutions including setting up a proper server
redirect when someone requests that URL. See if you can do that with
your web host. One example of this is
http://www.panoramaphotographer.com/musicnight - this was just about
short enough to be acceptable in print, but it instantly redirects
(proper server-level redirect, not a timed thing) to
http://www.panoramaphotographer.com/nc/fairview/music-night.html

k


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