How to generate seo friendly url with php?

by harrison.goodwin , in category: SEO , 4 months ago

How to generate seo friendly url with php?

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by laverna_hirthe , 4 months ago

@harrison.goodwin 

To generate SEO-friendly URLs with PHP, you can use the following steps:

  1. Remove unwanted characters: Strip any special characters, symbols, or spaces from the string. You can use the preg_replace function to remove unwanted characters or replace them with a dash (-). For example:
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$url = preg_replace('/[^a-zA-Z0-9-]/', '', $url);


  1. Convert to lowercase: Convert the string to lowercase to ensure consistency. You can use the strtolower function for this:
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$url = strtolower($url);


  1. Replace spaces with dashes: Replace any remaining spaces with dashes to make the URL more readable. You can use the str_replace function for this:
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$url = str_replace(' ', '-', $url);


  1. Remove consecutive dashes: If there are any consecutive dashes in the string, replace them with a single dash to avoid unnecessary repetition. You can use the preg_replace function with a regular expression pattern for this:
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$url = preg_replace('/-+/', '-', $url);


  1. Remove leading/trailing dashes: If there are any dashes at the beginning or end of the string, remove them to maintain a clean URL structure. You can use the trim function for this:
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$url = trim($url, '-');


  1. Add necessary prefixes or suffixes: Depending on your requirements, you may need to add prefixes or suffixes to the URL, such as a domain or subdirectory. For example:
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$url = 'https://example.com/' . $url;


By following these steps, you can generate SEO-friendly URLs dynamically with PHP. Remember to sanitize and validate user input to ensure the generated URL is safe and appropriate.