An oft-overlooked but very important feature of multilingual website development is the creation of language-specific URLs and domain names. Not only will this keep your international customers happy by telling them exactly what website they’re about to visit; it will also help your SEO campaign in each respective country. Read on for an overview of multilingual URLs in DotNetNuke websites.
Default URLs in Multilingual Websites
By default, when you translate a multilingual website with one domain name between pages, the result will be a long, “unfriendly” URL. If you operate mywebsite.com, for example, then the translated version of your webpage may turn into something like this: mywebsite.com/BlognlNL/tabid/62/language/nl-NL/Default.aspx. The problem with this is that this sort of URL is that it’s not as easy for people to read/copy/paste/navigate, and it’s much harder for search engines to crawl.
The URL Master Module and Other Multilingual Solutions
By default, when you translate a multilingual website with one domain name between pages, the result will be a long, “unfriendly” URL.
Fortunately, many DotNetNuke developers have encountered this problem, and they’ve built a number of impressive workarounds for public use. For example, the URL Master Module automates the process of making translated URLs “friendly. ” The aforementioned URL, for example, would change to mywebsite.com/nl/tabid/blog.aspx. That’s much easier for humans and search engines alike. For help with installing and configuring a module like URL Master, just ask Clarity.
Redirecting Old URLs
If you have old multilingual URLs that you need to redirect, the solution is simple. In fact, in a case like the URL Master Module, a redirect may not even be necessary, because if the page follows the same path, the module will automatically redirect it. Simply double-check your index to make sure all of your URLs are redirecting if they need to, and manually redirect them if necessary.
If you’re interested in a multilingual website that is friendly to both people and search engines, contact Clarity today.
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