URL Mapping allows you to 'point' any URL under your domain name to any page you in your web site you wish. Basically you can create alias URLs for any page in the web site. This is useful for creating search engine friendly URLs, maintaining legacy URLs when switching from an old web site engine or just creating easy-to-remember URLs for your web site visitors.
Access URL Mapping by selecting "URL Map" from the administration links. The URL Map search form will display. From this form you can look up URL Maps to edit/delete them or add a new URL Map.
Searching URL Maps
The "URL Map Search" Form provides the means to look up existing URL Maps. The "From URL" and "To Page Keywords" will perform partial matches, so all URLs that contain the entered value will be returned. The From and To Dates will qualify any URL Map created between the two dates entered.
Selecting the "Search" button will return all URL Maps fitting the search criteria. Edit and delete links are provided next to each URL Map returned for managing the URL Map.
Adding a New URL Map
Select the "Add New URL Map" button from the URL Map search form. The "Adding New URL Map" form will display. See the below "URL Map Form" information for how to correctly fill in the form.
Editing a URL Map
Use the "Searching URL Maps" instructions above to find the URL Map you wish to edit. Select the "edit" link next to the target URL Map to open the "Editing URL Map" form. See the below "URL Map Form" information for how to use this form.
URL Map Form
Weather adding or editing a URL Map, you will be provided the URL Map form. The URL Map form contains the following fields:
- From URL: The source URL you are creating as an alias. Enter the source URL without the domain or preceding slash: example: entering "AboutUs" into the From URL field will alias "http: //www.yourwebsite.com/AboutUs".
- To Page ID: The target pageId you want to display when the alias URL is entered.
- To URL: For more complicated target URLs (that contain query string information other than the pageId), enter the full absolute target URL. Do not include the domain name, but do include the proceeding slash: example: "/index.php?pageId=123&var=1&var2=x".
You may use EITHER the "To Page ID" field or the "To URL" field, but not both. Use the "To Page ID" field if you are simply forwarding to a page without any additional query string information. Use "To URL" if you require a target page that needs additional query string information.
- URL Map additions and changes are implemented immediately upon submission. Test your mapping as soon as you set it up.