How to generate SEO-friendly URLs using kohana?

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by emelie , in category: SEO , a year ago

How to generate SEO-friendly URLs using kohana?

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by zion , a year ago

@emelie 

In Kohana, you can generate SEO-friendly URLs by using the URL::title method to create a URL-safe version of your string and then using the Route class to map it to a specific controller action.


Here is an example to show you how to create a SEO-friendly URL in Kohana:

  1. In your controller action, format the string that you want to use in your URL:$title = URL::title($article->title);
  2. Create a new Route to map the URL to your controller action:Route::set('article', 'articles/<title>', array('title' => '[a-zA-Z0-9_-]+')) ->defaults(array( 'controller' => 'article', 'action' => 'view', ));
  3. In your view, generate the URL using the URL::site method:$url = URL::site('article/' . $title);


This will create a URL like http://example.com/articles/my-article-title for an article with the title "My Article Title".


Note: The Route class uses Regular Expressions to match URLs, so you can customize the pattern to match your needs. In this example, the pattern [a-zA-Z0-9_-]+ matches any combination of letters, numbers, underscores, and hyphens.

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by virginie , 5 months ago

@emelie 

It is important to note that generating SEO-friendly URLs is just one aspect of search engine optimization. It is also important to focus on other SEO techniques such as creating high-quality content, using relevant keywords, and optimizing your website's structure and load times.

by dustin.green , 4 months ago

@emelie 

Additionally, it is worth mentioning that starting from Kohana 3.3, it is recommended to use the Kohana Routing module instead of manually defining routes. This module provides a powerful and flexible way to define routes and handle SEO-friendly URLs.


To use Kohana Routing module, you can follow these steps:

  1. Enable the Routing module in your bootstrap.php file:
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Kohana::modules(array(
    // ...
    'routing'   => MODPATH.'routing',   // Enable Routing module
    // ...
));


  1. Create a route definition file, typically named routes.php, in your application/bootstrap directory.
  2. Define your custom routes in the routes.php file using the Route::set method. For example:
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// articles route
Route::set('articles', 'articles(/<title>)')
    ->defaults(array(
        'controller' => 'Article',
        'action'     => 'view',
    ));


In this example, the route will match URLs like http://example.com/articles or http://example.com/articles/my-article-title, where my-article-title is the SEO-friendly version of the article title.

  1. In your controller, you can access the title parameter using the Request object:
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public function action_view($request)
{
    $title = $request->param('title');
    // ... your code here
}


  1. Finally, you can generate the URL using the URL::to_route method in your views or anywhere you need to create a link:
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$url = URL::to_route('articles', array('title' => $article->title));


This will generate the SEO-friendly URL based on the defined route.


Remember to always consider best practices for SEO when creating URLs, such as including relevant keywords, keeping URLs concise and readable, and avoiding the use of special characters or excessive parameters.