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ConqSoft
March 28th, 2005, 04:21 PM
All the good search engines will read the URLs fine...

ConqSoft
March 28th, 2005, 04:38 PM
My main concern is having keywords in the URL. IE the gallery title, picture title or some other text in the URL to make the URL have keywords that will make SE searchers find relevant pages.

Ahh, I see.

That could make for some long/unruly URLs couldn't it?

ConqSoft
March 28th, 2005, 05:00 PM
But, neither vBulletin itself (nor PhotoPost) use that type of URL...

imported_rrr
March 28th, 2005, 05:09 PM
Yes, photopost does use that type of URL.

It has a "search engine friendly" URL open that will make all the URLs into static looking directory URLs.

See this sample showphoto page from Photopost:
http://gallery.deeperblue.net/showphoto.php/photo/3001

I'm hoping that someone can come up with a mod_rewrite hack for vBa gallery that does this (or something similar).

I do a LOT of search engine marketing, and I can tell you for certain that it does help to have simple URLs like that.

There's a vbulletin hack that does something similar here:
http://www.daniweb.com/tutorials/tutorial12725.html

ConqSoft
March 28th, 2005, 05:11 PM
Yes, photopost does use that type of URL.

It has a "search engine friendly" URL open that will make all the URLs into static looking directory URLs.

See this sample showphoto page from Photopost:
http://gallery.deeperblue.net/showphoto.php/photo/3001


That doesn't make PhotoPost put the Filename/Category Name/Keyword/Description/etc into the URL, like he's wanting. It just keeps the URL from having ? or & in it, since that confused some of the older search engines.

imported_rrr
March 28th, 2005, 05:14 PM
That doesn't make PhotoPost put the Filename/Category Name/Description/etc into the URL, like he's wanting. It just keeps the URL from having ? or & in it, since that confused some of the older search engine.

keeping the URL from having ? or & in it is a big improvement, even for Google. You'll find deeper indexing of your pages that have static URLs.

There's a hack for vbulletin that does what he's asking for:
http://www.daniweb.com/tutorials/tutorial12725.html
(even the daniweb URL uses the forum name as a directory).

ConqSoft
March 28th, 2005, 05:18 PM
I have search engine results that are 20-30 pages deep into some of the threads on my site. I don't see the problem with ? and & anymore. In the past, sure it may have been an issue.

If it was that big of an issue, you'd think Jelsoft would have that as a built-in option?

ConqSoft
March 28th, 2005, 05:22 PM
True, forgot about the archive, since I've never used it. :) Mainly because my site is always flooding by the big three search engines' spiders anyway, and I don't want people to be linked to the "ugly" archive page if they get my site in their search results. I'd much rather them get the real thread, where the ads, graphics, etc are.

ConqSoft
March 28th, 2005, 05:26 PM
(And I just watched about 150 spiders work their way through my Gallery yesterday.)

ConqSoft
March 28th, 2005, 05:34 PM
I haven't seen a hack to convert it, but it shouldn't be very difficult to do.

imported_rrr
March 28th, 2005, 05:47 PM
i currently use that daniweb hack on my forum. It takes like 10 min to install/configure and its the greatest thing ive Ever done for myself.

I want to install the daniweb hack on my forums, but it looks like there were errors in the first post (from other reports in that thread).

Did you find it easy to install and fix any errors?

imported_rrr
March 29th, 2005, 03:25 PM
I'd be willing to pay for this feature as well.

mywebsite.com/gallery/browseimages.php?c=2

and:

mywebsite.com/gallery/showimage.php?i=2

and:

mywebsite.com/gallery/search.php?do=searchresults&string=SEARCHTERM&catid=0&quicksearch=1


I'd like to have the category urls turn into either a static directory looking structure (/gallery/cat/2) or a page looking structure (/gallery/category2.html). Even better would be the category name (/gallery/catname-category.html)

/gallery/showimage/2 or /gallery/showimage2.html for the second URL and

/gallery/searchresults/SEARCHTERM/category/0/quicksearch/1

for the search terms URL.

ConqSoft
March 29th, 2005, 03:28 PM
i see.

What about payment to add this feature? Is something liekt hat possible?

Probably not. Check out the last reply here: http://www.vbadvanced.com/forum/showthread.php?t=6764