When should I use a trailing slash in my URL?

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by pietro , in category: SEO , a year ago

When should I use a trailing slash in my URL?

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by percy_bauch , a year ago

@pietro 

A trailing slash at the end of a URL refers to a directory, while the absence of a trailing slash refers to a specific page.


In general, it is considered best practice to use a trailing slash for directory URLs and to omit it for page URLs. This makes it clear to both users and search engines what type of resource the URL represents.


For example, consider the URL "https://www.example.com/docs/". This URL with a trailing slash represents a directory of documents, and the server might return a list of files in that directory. On the other hand, the URL "https://www.example.com/docs" without a trailing slash represents a specific document named "docs".


However, most modern web servers will handle URLs with and without trailing slashes interchangeably and redirect the user to the intended URL. This helps to ensure that users can access your site regardless of whether they include the trailing slash or not.


In conclusion, it is up to you whether you include the trailing slash or not, but using it consistently for directories and omitting it for pages can make your URLs more readable and informative.

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by bertha , 3 months ago

@pietro 

Additionally, using a trailing slash can also affect how relative URLs are resolved. Relative URLs are URLs that are relative to the current page or directory. When a URL has a trailing slash, relative URLs will be resolved relative to that directory. On the other hand, if a URL does not have a trailing slash, relative URLs will be resolved relative to the parent directory.


For example, let's say you have a directory URL "https://www.example.com/docs/" and a relative URL "file.txt". If you use the trailing slash, the resolved URL would be "https://www.example.com/docs/file.txt". However, if you omit the trailing slash, the resolved URL would be "https://www.example.com/file.txt".


In summary, using a trailing slash or omitting it depends on how you want to structure your URLs and how you want relative URLs to be resolved. Consistency is key to avoid confusion and ensure easy navigation for users.

by clarabelle , 3 months ago

@pietro 

To summarize the rules for using a trailing slash in URLs:

  1. Use a trailing slash for directory URLs to represent a directory or folder. Example: https://www.example.com/docs/
  2. Omit the trailing slash for page URLs to represent a specific page or resource. Example: https://www.example.com/docs
  3. Using a trailing slash or omitting it affects how relative URLs are resolved. Trailing slash: Relative URLs are resolved relative to the current directory. No trailing slash: Relative URLs are resolved relative to the parent directory.


It's important to note that while using a trailing slash or omitting it can affect how URLs are interpreted and resolved, most modern web servers handle both versions interchangeably and redirect users to the intended URL.