Digital

Shortening the URLs

After a webpage is created, its web path usually needs to be shortened - for normal online use, and for situations in which web paths are used in print media.

Shortening web paths for online use

When a page is created, its URL, web address, or 'web path', is automatically created using the page name with underscores replacing spaces.

For example, for a new page called 'Really long page name' which is created under 'Courses' on the Business School website, the web path (URL) will be: http://www.business.uwa.edu.au/courses/really_long_page_name

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To assist people to find and remember a page name, it is best to make it as short and as descriptive as possible. Web paths of only one word are preferred, although in some cases two hyphenated words are necessary.  Remember that all the words of the address help people to find the page, and you don’t have to repeat a word or concept that appears in an earlier part of the web path.  For example, uwa.edu.au/application/application-form can be reduced to uwa.edu.au/application/form

Use only alphanumeric characters (a-z, A-Z, 0-9).

You can use abbreviations which reduce the length of the web path if they are commonly used and are still descriptive.  For example, for pages about a course, use the accepted postnominal abbreviation, available from Academic Secretariat - Courses and Units: for example PhD, GradDipEd.

If your path name contains two words, replace any spaces or underscores (_) with a hyphen. For example, an acceptable path entry is 'teaching-awards' to create the full web path of http://science.uwa.edu.au/studentnet/teaching-awards.

Remember that the shortening of web paths should be undertaken before the site is live, as it can break links to that page and child pages from other pages and sites outside Matrix.

To shorten a web path to something more user-friendly:

Right-click on the page name in the Matrix asset map and select Web Paths.

Screenshot web paths 

Acquire the locks and enter a shorter name that still accurately describes the page in the Paths field, pressing Commit when done.

Screenshot web path name field

The web path is now http://www.business.uwa.edu.au/courses/name.

Matrix will automatically create remaps when you change a web path. Be sure to delete them unless you are making alterations to the web path of a live page.

Reacquire the locks on the Web paths page, click the “Delete?” box next to the remap URL and click Commit.

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Shortening web paths for use in print media

URLs should be further shortened when published in print media.

Start by removing the http://www.  Be careful when doing this, however, as sometimes the address without the www will direct to a different site/page, so always try the address first to make sure. When reducing the length of the address following the "/", the same rules apply as when shortening URLs for online use, For example:
www.business.uwa.edu.au/our_courses_are_great_so_you_should_apply_now
should be:
www.business.uwa.edu.au/courses, before removing the www.

Where the address has more than one “/”, for example:
www.digital.uwa.edu.au/manuals/matrix/shorturls
contact the UWAs 'Digital' and ask for a shorter address, such as digital.uwa.edu.au/shorturls, to be put in place to redirect to the page in question.

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