a character string used to represent a location on the Internet that can be typed or accessed by a user. URLs often present in human-readable the organization behind the website and the function of the specific page being navigated to, in addition to their purely functional use.

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Website Addresses - To Hyphen or Not to Hyphen ?

Eg which is better: www.ux-exchange.com or www.uxexchange.com ? Background: Looking at what's already registered it looks like the non-hyphened versions are more popular. But does that make ...
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What's the pros and cons of the arroba @ use to references profile on url

Many services as twitter references profiles as hostname/username. Medium (by twitter) references yours users as medium.com/@username. For me, medium's way is so good because not causes confusion. ...
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What URL's characteristics have a real impact on the UX?

I'm starting a blog soon so I've been thinking about what I should take into account when choosing an URL. Some variables I've thought about: Length, meaning, suffix, memorability, SEO. Related to ...
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Where to redirect after inviting someone?

We have 3 states for Users: Active, Invited and Disabled. Each user with the specific state is broken into a different tab. For example: download bmml source – Wireframes created with ...
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Sharing information between users on QR codes - better to pull from a server?

I'm building an app that revolves around users scanning each other's QR codes and sharing information. This would be the main feature of the app, but often times the information in the QR code can ...
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Is it a good idea to redirect expected page name misspellings/typos for critical web pages?

For example, would redirecting www.example.com/loogin to www.example.com/login be fine? Would it be better to automatically redirect users to the correct page or display a page stating that the user ...
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URL for public user page - hyphenated or camelCase?

What are some pros/cons for using camelCase vs hyphens in URLs for a username? As in, what is better (in terms of readability, writability, style, SEO, other): example.com/justinBieber (a la ...
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Enhancing web addresses as displayed in a browser location input

Web addresses (URL, URI, IRI …) are composed of hierarchical data of several kinds. They are mostly treated as plain text, but browsers have started to highlight certain parts (the domains) and hide ...
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Pagination urls

Currently considering a couple different URL schemes for pagination: /blog/ -> First result page /blog/1/ -> First result page /blog/2/ -> Second result page Another ...
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Date in the url

I am in the early stages of a web site where I post every week. each post has a file. I thought it was better not to include the date in the name of the file and that makes the url the same way. I try ...
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Can we dispense with “.com” now? [closed]

Windows now hides file extensions by default. For most people, that is what they want. Similarly, most URLs use ".com". Can we not all agree somehow that that is the default? Also, if there is only ...
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Should we be using the new TLDs (.coffee, .international) instead of the traditional TLDs (.com, .org)?

It seems like certain TLDs tend to have a negative connotation to them, at least among my peers, such as .info, .us, .biz. I'm not exactly sure why, but I personally don't tend to trust .biz domains ...
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deleting parts of the url to get to the page above

Imagine a situation where there is site with urls somesite.com/events which is a list of events and somesite.com/events/event-name which is a detail of particular event. Now due to some ...
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Domain name best practice when the last letter of the first word and first letter of the second word are the same

If I'm registering a two word domain in which the last letter of the first word, and the first letter of the second word are the same, is it better to drop usage of one of those letters? Examples: ...
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Is it okay to have different content in main page every time user refresh?

I want to make my landing page to display a project (the details page). However I also want to make it keep changing project every time user refresh. Is this a good practice? Also, for the url, ...
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How to display languages in a complex social media similar url structure?

Here is the summary of the contents of the website: There is a single page for every business per country. Every single page is available in different languages. There are users that can log in to ...
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Best URL Structure for Businesses across Multiple Countries

I am currently designing a social media website that is going to be focused on businesses from multiple countries and I am trying to come up with the best URL structure for the website. I do not want ...
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Best practice for location based URL structure?

I have a website like Zomato. There are restaurants, and each restaurant has a page based on the country it's located in. One restaurant in the US can have the same name as another in Switzerland, but ...
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Best Practice Users and Businesses URLs

I need help in figuring out what is the best URL structure for my website. On the website, I’ll have pages for users and business and would like to give each a custom profile URL. Here are the ...
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Why do websites use “you are being redirected…” pages?

Frequently after logging in a website - specially old ones - I see the following: Welcome! You are being redirected, please click here if your browser does not redirect you. And similar pages ...
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Insert URL to text field

I need to allow a user to insert a URL into a text field (using copy+paste), as well as inserting a list of URLs. This can be done into same field or to be separated into two different experiences. ...
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Urls for page state in a single page app

In a single page web application that uses hashes/pushstate to create urls is it considered a good idea to use urls to record page state? An example would be adding a url to record the selection of a ...
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is there data proving correlation between better URL structure and better UX?

I have found many sources stating that the URL structure is important as it helps users understand what the page is about, but so far no data about it. Do you know about any experiments run (A/B ...
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What should the hostname be for a SSO server? (SAML)

I'm creating a SSL certificate for an ADFS server. It will be used to sign-into various sites that support Single Sign On. I'm at the point of the process where I need to choose a name for the host ...
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What's the best pattern for public facing user IDs?

What's the best pattern for public facing user IDs? Or alternatively, what pattern is easiest for users to remember? We have 100s of thousands of user ids on our system and want to make them public ...
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Do long domain names really affect user experience?

I have already purchased one, and I think it might be too long. The domain name is 27 characters, including ".com". However, most browsers now show suggestions based on previous visits to sites, so ...
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Clean URLs and passing parameters - best user experience

I am passing parameters ("product category" & "product name") in a url to a buy page. Which is preferable in regards to the norm/standard for passed parameters in Web URLs? ...
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Is my suspicion correct, that QR codes will be a short-lived standard with little effect?

We are all starting to see the square, scannable QR codes on billboards, advertisements, etc. I have been increasingly thinking that this standard will not last long. My logic is this: Any handheld ...
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Modern mobile browsers hide the URL bar when scrolling up. If I have a fixed navigation bar, should I prevent this behavior?

I have seen both used frequently throughout the mobile web. Some examples are news sites with fixed nav bars: Time keeps the URL bar static, which keeps their nav buttons in the same place while ...
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What is it called in UX terms when you share a unique link to privately share/collaborate?

I'm looking for the name of a specific name of a UX convention. Many games, to allow for multiplayer games without logging in, let you share a unique URL that when another person visits, will create ...
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User and URL friendly object ids

One normal way to serve a list of items in a web app is like this: http://example.com/clients Where the clients part of the url, renders a list of all clients In previous apps clients had ...
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How should an error message explain to users that they input the wrong URI scheme?

On my site, users can add a link to a website. The validation checks if it has a scheme (e.g. http, ftp). If it has no scheme, it adds 'http'. But what if the user enters an ftp link, for example? I'm ...
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Allowing non-Latin characters in address fields?

I'm building a site which will allow users to enter physical street addresses. My primary target audience is US-based but I'd like the site to be global and also accommodate an international audience ...
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Percentage of users who edit the URL of the site they're on?

The company I work for rents out vacation properties, with an alphanumeric ID for each property. Such as http://www.example-domain.tld/abc123456 There are SEO recommendations for using a slug / ...
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What is the best URL to point to adding multiple products to cart?

I'm working on adding links to an e-commerce website which allow adding a product to a cart. Given only one product, the URL is pretty straigthforward: /BuyNow/{SKU}/{Quantity}. However, the website ...
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www vs non-www for User Experience? [duplicate]

Which one do you think is more memorable/ looks better? The pros of www are that it may look better, but I heard that it's depreciated due to the face that it has no real meaning. would domain.com be ...
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Fusing words for website name: confusing or doable?

Arguably UX starts with the domainname. Well perhaps a bit far-fetched, so please feel free to suggest what might be a bitter fit than UX.SE for this question, but here it is anyhow. I'm looking at ...
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Is there evidence that users ever look to a website's URL as a breadcrumb for navigation?

On-the-page breadcrumbs often mirror the directory path anyway. To my mind, it stands to reason that that clear, human-readable, hierarchical URLs can enhance a site's usability[1]. But I have no idea ...
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Are Domain Hacks usable?

A Domain Hack is when the top level domain (ux.stackexchange.com) and sometimes the subdomain (ux.stackexchange.com) is used to spell out a word instead of being used as a country code (.us, .uk) or ...
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What should replace a space in a api url? [closed]

I am creating an API, where we can make reference to the users with their firstname and lastname. Since I can't use space, what is the best way to separate the firstname and lastname in the url? I ...
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Which type of url should I use for a mobile website?

Question 1 Should we give the access to mobile version to all users on desktop. by having a differetn url like http://m.yahoo.com/or it's good to keep mobile version and desktop version access only ...
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Multiple sites on the same domain – Good or bad?

So, my client has a website for his brand that is targeted against B2B-consumers, investors and journalists. He now wants to create a second website for a sub brand that is targeted against ...
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Redirect to object's new location or display explanation?

I have a question that is similar to another question but is different. Consider a blog engine. Posts can be transitioned through state: When a post is draft, the user visits ...
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Displaying domain name or URL that is long or contains many words

2 related problems: I have a domain name that is quite long. e.g. www.expertscientificanalysis.com I have another domain that is not neccesarily long but made up of many words. e.g. ...
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What is the casing convention for URL routes?

Is using a URL like http://coolsite.com/doSomething common? Or should such a page have a URL like http://coolsite.com/dosomething or http://coolsite.com/do-something ?
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Shortened vs full domain name as primary domain

I'm working for a non-profit company, and I was wondering what your thoughts are on the following options for the primary domain name: thexyzalliance.org txyz.org thexyz.org Originally, I was going ...
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Does a country specific top level domain (TLD) affect perception of a (non-US) community site?

Note: This is similar, but unrelated, to this question, which asks about using a non-US TLD for a US site. Do country specific TLDs influence users' perception of the relevance of content on a site? ...
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User perception on non “.com” top level domains

I am thinking of buying a .co domain as a .com is not available for my company name. While the .co is cleaner and shorter many of us have gotten used to .com. Do users only remember the domain name ...
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When I change the name of one page, should all child's of that page, have the url rewritten?

This question is actually three questions, but since they are all related to each other, they should stay in the same question. First, should I allow a user to change the url of a already created ...
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Is it OK that url is changed after invalid submit of form?

Let's say I am at Create new user page and current url is /users/new. When I submit this form with invalid data (e.g. mismatched passwords), user is redirected to /users. Is it OK that user will see ...