insectdudeMarch 3, 2012 in Feature Suggestions
At the moment, IPB's search engine friendly URLs for topics are in this format (assuming IPB is installed in a directory called "forums"):
I propose that it would be helpful for SEO to change this to include the forum name, for example:
Better yet, include parent forums/categories too:
This should help search engines associate IPB topics more clearly with appropriate keywords.
An example of how this would help from my own site (which is a fansite for a Korean singer):
I have a forum where we post lyric translations, organised by album. So at the top level we have a category called "IU", then a sub-category called "Lyrics", then subforums for each album, and finally a topic for each song.
Let's look at a track called "4AM", track 12 from an album called "Last Fantasy". At the moment the URL looks like this:
Under my proposal above, this URL would become:
Hopefully it's obvious how much better that would be for SEO. (If the numbers are not necessary to make this work, even better.)
Admittedly, there are times when this might be good in specific circumstances (such as the one you posted).
If you look at the example of a topic on our forum, however, you will note that adding the forum names to the URL simply makes the URL longer without giving it any better context. To a HUMAN user, it is less usable, not more usable.
This is one of those things that will vary from situation to situation IMO, and it becomes hard to make a global general rule to account for as such.
Perhaps this could be implemented by way of a per-forum setting then? Something like "Include this forum name in search-engine-friendly URLs". So in the example I gave from the IPS site, you might choose to include "ipboard" in the URL because it adds useful context, but not "ips-client-services" or "feedback".
I don't know how feasible that is but if it is technically possible, I think it would account for most situations.
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