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More accurate automatic generation of permalinks for blog posts and pages

 March 17, 2017
by Flavio Mester

Whenever you create a page or a blog post, you have the ability to enter what is called a permalink (also known as a “slug”) which will be used as the permanent static hyperlink to the page instead of the “unfriendly” one with a long list of arguments.

For instance, if your website is www.mywebsite.com and you have a page called About Us you may want to set up its permalink to about-us so that the page URL will be www.mywebsite.com/about-us.

Because a permalink becomes part of the page URL, special characters like spaces cannot be used, so the system replaces them with hyphens. Previously YWD would replace all special characters with hyphens. However, certain characters – collons, semi-collons, commas, exclamation marks, and others – work best if simply removed from the permalink altogether.

For instance, let’s say a blog post has the following Title:

blog post title

When pasted into the Permalink field in the Categories & SEO tab of the blog post, YWD will automatically convert it to the following:


The same logic will now be applied to permalinks assigned to page names.

Flavio Mester

Flavio Mester is a graphic designer as well as a systems analyst (in a distant life he was an architect). A founding partner of Your Web Department, he's responsible for the design and development of all the YWD website management platform interfaces.
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