Better URLs

September 18th, 2003

I’m seriously considering making the urls in this site more usable. Having read Mark Pilgrim’s article Cruft-free URLs in Movable Type I’m very keen. Basically, rather than getting URL like …/archives/0001.asp you’d get …/archives/2003/09/18/a_test_page.asp which would make slightly more sense to a human being. However, this would mean that for a period of unknown time any search engine linking to the old urls would be wrong. Also, any sites linking to any of the articles on this site would also be wrong. All the links within this site would be correct as long as the page shad been generated by Movale Type.

One thing I can’t do is anything relating to modifying the .htaccess file as we’re on a Windows box. What we’ll end up with are urls something akin to this .

I’m still thinking about this and am interested in your thoughts.