Coldfusion dynamic friendly Urls

Posted on 2010-01-09
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Last Modified: 2013-12-24

I am looking for some advice with regards to creating dynamic seo friendly urls for a ecommerce store I am producing for a client.
I would normally go down the standard route of using url id's to select the relevant data from the database so my urls would have the familiar http://www.myshop.co.uk/viewproducts.cfm?ProdGroup=12&subgroup=1034

I now have the need to be able to turn the above url into something like the following for example
http://www.myshop.co.uk/menswear/trousers-shorts.cfm (menswear being the product group and trousers and shorts being the subgroup.

Can anyone suggest a 100% fullproof way of achieving this with Coldfusion that does not include having to use descriptions as Id's in the database. I have seen this used and it is very messy when descriptions change.

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Joshua Titsworth earned 2000 total points
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I found this code:

   // search engine friendly urls for SSO and SEO
   if (cgi.query_string IS NOT "") {
   gotoURL = "#cgi.script_name#?#cgi.query_string#";
   else {
      if (cgi.script_name EQ cgi.path_info){
      gotoURL = cgi.script_name;
      else {
      gotoURL = cgi.script_name & cgi.path_info;
   // translate path
   pathInfo = reReplaceNoCase(trim(cgi.path_info), '.+\.cfm/? *', '');
   i = 1;
   lastKey = "";
   value = "";
   if(not len(pathInfo)) break;
   for(i=1; i lte listLen(pathInfo, "/"); i=i+1) {
   value = listGetAt(pathInfo, i, "/");
   if(i mod 2 is 0) url[lastKey] = value;
   else lastKey = value;

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Hope it helps.
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Expert Comment

ID: 26276667
You might want to look at using something like Isapi Rewrite if on IIS or mod_rewrite if on Apache
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Expert Comment

ID: 26293633
This custom tag works well for SEO URLs

 It has been implemented on this web site ...


(just click to view any product)

 I checked with the developer of this site, no changes were made to IIS to get this to work.

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