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Metadata & URLs: create & edit friendly URLs

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In general, most URLs produced by LibGuides include a series of letters & numbers that don't make much sense to the human eye. Friendly URLs make it easier for people to remember URLs, and they tend to look nicer when people are viewing your pages.

You can assign friendly URLs to:

  • Entire guides
  • Individual pages of a guide
  • Databases
  • Subject categories
  • Groups

Assigning friendly URLs to Databases means you'll have a short, stable URL you can use on any website. If the database URL changes, you only have to update your database on the Assets page, and the Friendly URL will automatically direct people to the new URL.

Admins can also create Redirect URLs, which are friendly URLs you can use to redirect users to any page. This is a great way to create friendly URLs to pages in your catalog, a database article, or just about anywhere!

Plan ahead

When you begin creating friendly URLs across your LibGuides site, remember to take into account the relative importance of guides and pages, as well as groups, subjects, and databases.

Assign more generic URLs to higher level items, like groups and subjects, before assigning them to guides and pages. It's much easier to plan for the future than reassign friendly URLs down the road.

To manage your friendly URLs, go to Admin > Metadata & URLs > Friendly URLs. Although guide owners and editors can assign friendly URLs to their guides, only admin-level users can manage a system's friendly URLs.

Getting to the Friendly URLs page

Admins can view all of the friendly URLs added to their LibGuides system.

  1. Use the Friendly URL column to filter the list by name.
  2. Use the Object Type to filter the list by the type of object the friendly URL belongs to, such as guides, pages, databases, etc.
  3. The Object ID column will list the corresponding ID for the friendly URL's object. For example, if the object is a database, then the database's Asset ID will be listed.
  4. The Object Name column will list the name for the friendly URL's object, such as the database name or guide title.

Screenshot highlighting the browsing options for friendly URLs

Edit a friendly URL

  1. Click on the friendly URL's Edit () icon in the Actions column.

Screenshot highlighting the edit icon for a friendly URL

  1. Edit the friendly URL.
  2. Save your changes.

Example of editing a friendly URL

Create a new redirect URL

Redirect URLs allow you to create friendly URLs for just about anything -- a catalog record, a database record, or a download on your library website. Here's how to get started:

  1. Click on the Add Friendly URL button.
  2. From the dropdown menu, select Redirect.

Example of adding a friendly redirect URL

  1. Enter the friendly URL you want to use in the Friendly URL field.
  2. In the Target URL field, enter the URL where you want the friendly URL to go.
  3. Save your changes.

When users visit that friendly URL, they will then be redirected to the URL you specified in the Target URL field -- much like a URL shortener!

Example of configuring a friendly redirect URL

Delete a friendly URL

  1. Click on the Delete () icon for the friendly URL in the Actions column.
Warning: when you delete a friendly URL, the object will revert to its original URL. Any links to the friendly URL will be broken.

Example of deleting a friendly URL