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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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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Should web users see the http:// prefix to websites?

Chrome seems to have been the first to start hiding the http:// prefix last year, and there seemed to be significant contention. Rather than show the full prefix chrome lops off http:// and displays ...
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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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Redirect root domain to subdomain for a yearly contest

We're on the 3rd year of a yearly contest and have a bit of a problem with recycling the domain. Year 1 We used "domain.com" as the URL for the contest. We didn't have any expection or forethought ...
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Should people be able to change their usernames?

So, you want to change your username to something new. Should an application allow you to do this? Let's say that you have a unique URL that points to your profile. Let's assume it is human ...
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Using “user” in a URL structure

This question follows on from this question: Better term for “user”. If it's bad UX to call people using your product "user" then isn't it also bad UX to structure your URL's as ...
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Does a URL fragment identifier have a bad effect on user experience?

In this link from CSS-Tricks, it's claimed that using the hash sign in a URL for linkablity purposes is not a good idea, because browsers will scroll to the item which has its id mentioned in the ...
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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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Which of these two ways of browsing are better for the user?

I am creating a simple web page application and in my question are involved 2 pages and there are two scenarios. Scenario No 1 On page1.php I use php with MySQL to get a product's data to the page. ...
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Are long query strings in URLs bad for usability?

Lots of web applications use the query string to store bits of information. This can result in long paths in the url bar. For example: ...
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Underscores vs. hyphens in URLs

I'm trying to come up with a page-naming convention so that each page in a web application I'm developing has the human-friendliest URL possible. The current URL structure of the web application is: ...
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What would be the best way to let a user add a URL to a form?

Currently our webapplication simply shows a textbox with no validation at all. There is a small icon placed next to the textbox that allows the user to open the URL in a new browser window to check ...
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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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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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Is per-company subdomain or single URL better for web app

I'm writing a web application, the application is for small companies where each company will have multiple users. What is better: giving each company a sub domain (so you access the app at ...
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How important is it to consider the URL when developing the UI for a web application?

When developing web applications, do user-friendly URLs matter? Blog platforms seem to be split on the issue. For example, Tumblr posts are frequently in the form blogname.com/post/967129380, which ...