How to build URLs on your site in Shopify
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As a shop owner, you must really concern about the way to SEO your site effectively. The first step you can do this is that you need to set up URLs to make it friendly with the search engine.
Firstly, here come some useful information I prepared about the URLs. Simply, they are clear addresses that users access the online resources stored on the Internet. They play an important role in SEO because if you have an ideal URL, there will be a larger amount of audiences visit your site.
I would like to give you some tips to have search engine friendly URLs to drive more and more users to your site. They should not have unnecessary words but the content of the article. In addition, it must be the most concise and not be too long. Remember to leave unnecessary words. Each word in the URL is separated by a dash “-“. If you’ve known all of above, the rest will tell about how to build URLs on your site. To configure the best URLs, you should set up permalink on your site.
Below is a clear guide for you to take steps.
Table of content
- Front matter permalink
- Set the permalinks to all blog posts at once
- Set the permalinks to collections
Front matter permalink
For example, if we have a page called
/blog.html, we want it on the live site to be
/blog/. We could carry out what we expect by creating a new folder named
blog. Then, you move
blog.html to that folder and change its name into
index.html. Afterward, move
/blog/index.html back to
/blog.html. Add a permalink in the front matter and specify the URL we expect by the code below:
--- layout: default title: Blog permalink: /blog/ --- ...
As /blog/ now outputs the blog page, you just need to go to blog.html in the browser 404s.
Set the permalinks to all blog posts at once
It would be such a waste of time when you have to set a permalink to every blog post. There’s a solution for this. You just need to set it for all blog posts at once in
_config.yml. You can use the variables available while setting permalinks for posts. They are
hour, etc. You can see them more details in the following table.
|year||Year from the Post’s filename.|
|month||Month from the Post’s filename.|
|i_month||Month from the Post’s filename without leading zeros.|
|day||Day from the Post’s filename.|
|i_day||Day from the Post’s filename without leading zeros.|
|short_year||Year from the Post’s filename without the century.|
|hour||Hour of the day, 24-hour clock, zero-padded from the post’s date front matter. (00..23)|
|minute||Minute of the hour from the post’s date front matter. (00..59)|
|second||Second of the minute from the post’s date front matter. (00..59)|
|title||Title from the document’s filename. May be overridden via the document’s slug YAML front matter.|
|slug||Slugified title from the document’s filename (any character except numbers and letters is replaced as hyphen). May be overridden via the document’s slug YAML front matter.|
|categories||The specified categories for this Post. If a post has multiple categories, Jekyll will create a hierarchy (e.g. /category1/category2). Also Jekyll automatically parses out double slashes in the URLs, so if no categories are present, it will ignore this.|
Here is the code you can use to create the permalink the day, the month, the year respectively by the title of the post.
... permalink: /:day/:month/:year/:title/ ...
Set the permalinks to collections
Similar to set the permalinks to blog posts, when you set them to collections, there are variables available such as
output_ext. You can take advantage of the table below to know more variables.
|collection||Label of the containing collection.|
|path||Path to the document relative to the collection’s directory.|
|name||The document’s base filename, with every sequence of spaces and non-alphanumeric characters replaced by a hyphen.|
|title||The document’s lowercase title (as defined in its front matter), with every sequence of spaces and non-alphanumeric characters replaced by a hyphen. If the document does not define a title in its front matter, this is equivalent to name.|
|output_ext||Extension of the output file.|
You can set permalinks to metadata of the collection in
_config.yml by adding the code:
collections: cookies: output: true permalink: /baked-goods/:path/ ...
As you can see, it now links to
/bake-goods/afghan/ instead of
In a nutshell, that you know how to build URLs on your site is such a great way to SEO your site easily. Hope your site has more and more positive visitors by the search engine friendly URLs you created. If you find this instruction works, visit more helpful writings we write.