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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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: ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Use subdomains or directory structure for URLs?

I'm curious if it's considered better practice to use a subdomain (e.g. store.website.com) or a directory (e.g. www.website.com/store) when linking to separate sections of a site. Assuming both ...
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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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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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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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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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How to choose a slug for “friendly url”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Underscores vs. hyphens in URLs I'm going to implement a sort of "friendly url" for geography like a regex /<region>/<city>/<category>? and then I ...
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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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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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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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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 ...