Dead Urls

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4/29/2013 1:23:27 AM
4/17/2015 1:38:45 PM


We tend to spend quite some time on URL management in order to get them nice SEO friendly in all sorts of ways, but I've noticed that most CMS I've been in contact with, have overseen an area that I think is quite important. That is proper handling of permanent redirect of URL's when the site structure changes over time.

The URL structure should of course reflect the site structure, have relevant keywords in it etc. When content authors work with the site, those URL's may change. The old ones give a 404 not found. Bad from a SEO perspective but it also means current visitors on the site may have downloaded html pages with links that have become broken. My experience is that this escalates when having integrations to other systems that generates items. 

I created a solution to handle this in a proprietary CMS many years ago. Now I've rewritten it for Sitecore and I hope you find it useful.

You can read more about it on my blog:


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This is an as-is pre-release. It's not yet tested on older Sitecore versions, but I think it should work.
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