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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Is domain name important for user experience?

Is it important for the domain of a website to be chosen so that it is simple to type? For example, consider delicious-dot-ly (delicious.ly). Would it be fair to say that the difficulty of typing ...
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Best way of calling urls on my website

I have a website where factories are stored in different categories, but now i was wondering how to call the factories in my urls. I have an url for showing factories in a category: ...
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Should a sentence ending with a URL terminate with a period?

Suppose my web service needs to send a password recovery e-mail message to the user. The message will contain a link (with some disposable token). Something like: To reset your password please ...
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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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How to handle history events from scolling and other in-page events

On a website that has several sections and subsections on one page, I was thinking about implementing scrolling to a new section as a new browser history event. The main reasoning for doing so is to ...
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Language in url

For language support in a website's url, which oen can be better and cuter? http://en.example.com or http://example.com/en/ Which one is better in SEO? Which one is better in regards to user ...
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What are best practices for a bookmarklet?

I'm creating a social sharing bookmarklet and button that lets users share a link along with an optional text. What structure is more recommended to use? this: ...
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Should I use greek characters in my urls?

I'm setting up a website for a client who's Greece based and I'm not quite sure how to go about the urls. There are two options I'm considering at the moment: Use greek characters and have the urls ...
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Do users trust shortened URLs?

I've got some problems with shortened URLs personally; they're really easy to create and not descriptive, so it's fairly easy to make them link to malware. I'm talking about links like ...
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User experience and the trailing slash for directories in the URL?

From an SEO perspective, it may be negligible if you include a trailing slash for directories or not, as long as you set redirects to the chosen one (to avoid duplicate content) and link-build to the ...
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Why do large websites redirect away from their 'pretty' urls?

Sites such as gmail.com and outlook.com both redirect away from their original 'pretty' URLs, only to replace it by an unreadable and unpredictable one. Outlook seems to actively add a server to the ...
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How does a CCTLD affect user behavior?

I'm in the process of consolidating several sites into one. Content that previously lived at http://example.co.uk/ will now live at http://example.com/uk/, content from http://example.fr/ will move to ...
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What do users think of try[productname].com style domains?

From time to time, I've noticed that some web tools/services adopt a domain name of the format try[productname].com. I've also noticed that these are typically run by and marketed to developers (or at ...
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Recommended URL structure for products and categories in MVC app?

For example, suppose I have a site with products and product categories. I'm trying to come up with a good intuitive url structure. I want to use name slugs throughout rather than database ids. In ...
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Is it bad to use information architecture to describe multiple topics with duplicate category names?

I'm rebuilding a site from scratch and would like to make better informed decisions about UX and IA. Is it bad to use information architecture to describe multiple topics with duplicate catagory ...
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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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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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Should search result urls be accessible and intuitive?

We usually aim for friendly (vanity) urls to help visitors identify where they are in the website, e.g. www.website.com/products/acme-product. But, are there standards here for search results? At the ...
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How can I reassure users about an unfamiliar domain name?

I have a service, example-service.com. I have customers customer-a.com, customer-b.com, etc. We host a service for them on urls like customer-a.example-service.com Users who are familiar with ...
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User Account Management URL structure

What is the clearest, most logical way to lay out user account management url structure? For example: /users/login /users/(signup|sign-up) /users/myaccount/(edit) /users/username/(edit) ...
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Domain strategy from a UX perspective?

Having a domain strategy seem to be the latest thing. The discussion about it circles mostly around legal, seo or branding issues but if you want to look at it from a usability perspective - how ...
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Differentiating content with URL

I am developing a site that is going to be used as somewhat of a cloud service, we have a number of customers with a loose connection to each other via a parent organization. The site will look and ...
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Designing blog URLs

I am currently designing a blog application and am having trouble deciding how to design the blog URLs. Pages (pages like the about page etc): http://site.com/about Post URL can be: ...