InMotion Hosting Support Center

Drupal 7 has a built in system to "clean" URLs so they are search engine friendly. In this tutorial, we'll explain further what search engine friendly URLS are.

With most websites on the Internet being dynamically generated, the URL usually contains information about the query being used to generate the page on the server. Some search engines will not index pages that have special characters in the URL, which is needed to generate the page.

All of InMotion Hosting’s servers support mod_rewrite which is needed to use “clean” URLs. If you are not hosting with InMotion, you may have to enable Apache mod_rewrite on the server or contact your hosting provider for further information.

Drupal makes solving this quite easy. So let’s take a look at an example:

Before After
drupal_blog_3xx drupal_blog_3x

If you notice, nothing on the page changed. The only thing that changed is in the URL structure from:
?q=about_us to about_us

There are no longer any characters that could cause an issue with search engines.

In our next few tutorials, we will show you how to enable clean URLs and also how to set your custom aliases (in the above example, about_us is the custom alias).

Continued Education in Course 202: Search Engine Friendly URLs in Drupal 7
You are viewing Section 1: Understanding SEF URLs in Drupal 7
Section 2: How to enable Search Engine Friendly URLs in Drupal 7

Support Center Login

Social Media Login

Social Login Joomla

Related Questions

Here are a few questions related to this article that our customers have asked:
Ooops! It looks like there are no questions about this page.
Would you like to ask a question about this page? If so, click the button below!
Ask a Question

Post a Comment

Email Address:
Phone Number:

Please note: Your name and comment will be displayed, but we will not show your email address.

0 Questions & Comments

Post a comment

Back to first comment | top

Need more Help?


Ask the Community!

Get help with your questions from our community of like-minded hosting users and InMotion Hosting Staff.

Current Customers

Chat: Click to Chat Now E-mail:
Call: 888-321-HOST (4678) Ticket: Submit a Support Ticket

Not a Customer?

Get web hosting from a company that is here to help. Sign up today!