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Use a consistent URL for periodical newsletters or publications

June 27th, 2007 by tamuwebmaster

For sites that wish to keep links to current publications or publish online newsletters, it is important to consider ways to minimize the need for changing links. So if you publish a January newsletter you might be tempted to name it january.html. While that is good for January, when February rolls around the links all change to february.html. Consider creating a /current/ directory or a current.html file for the latest version to make it easier for others to link to the latest version.

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2 Comments to Use a consistent URL for periodical newsletters or publications

  1. Server-side includes are another good way of handling this situation. For the Systemwide newsletter, I create the current month’s issue in its permanent archive directory. The newsletter’s home page (/systemwide/index.html) is actually a file with one line: an include statement that calls up the month’s home page (/systemwide/07/05/index.html). Once I’m done building the next month’s issue, I just change the include line in order to go live with the new issue. The home page changes, but last month’s articles are still there, and links to them don’t break because the files never moved.

    This works great (although of course a CMS would be better), but all links must be root-relative, or they’ll break when the issue home page is included in a higher-level directory.

  2. Stephanie Leary on June 27th, 2007
  3. This is a very good and supposed to be idea about URL. However, for some user who want to have a bookmark to a specific issue of newsletter, it is better provide permanent link as well.

    How you guys doing this?

  4. Brian on August 7th, 2008

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