December 1, 2023 at 9:47 pm #1426919
I signed up for DMoz and I fixed all of my technical issues. On this last issue, they advised me that 91 of my URLs should be shorter. I checked with my host who gave me bad advice. When I changed a URL to shorten it, it broke the links to all the pages that the page was connected to. I did one as a test
Do you have any advice on this? Each page I make always says the URL is too long. These are just a few. I am asking for help because I have over three hundred pages and cannot screw this up. :)
Can Dmoz be wrong?
Thank you in advance for your advice!!
PamDecember 2, 2023 at 10:30 am #1426941
I’m not sure why they think the URLs are too long, but you can change the permalink for each of those pages or posts just below where you edit the title. If you are using the Block Editor, then it can be changed in the sidebar.
RikardDecember 2, 2023 at 2:34 pm #1426959
I am not sure you understood or if was clear I changed one url by changing the permalink and every page that was linked to it broke the link.
Is there anyone who knows how to handle this? Thank you in advance.December 2, 2023 at 5:33 pm #1426967
Thanks for the update. You would have to update the links linking to the URL in question as well of course. I’m not aware of any automatic way of doing that, so doing it manually is likely your safest option. You could try a search-replace plugin otherwise.
RikardDecember 6, 2023 at 9:25 pm #1427382
Thank you. It is just not an option then with hundreds of pages. Don’t want to have to rely on a plug-in in case it fails.
Have a great day.December 7, 2023 at 4:45 am #1427398
I think you can start by creating a staging site (a duplicate of your live site).
Use search and replace plugins as Rikard suggested and search for example:
https://photomagx.com/photography-hot-spot-locations with https://photomagx.com/photo-hotspots
There’s a dry run so you can check first how many it changes, also since changes are replaced in all areas, there should be no orphaned child pages.
Once you run it, you can also try to use some broken link checker plugins to verify if some links are broken.
I hope you can find the tip helpful.
NikkoDecember 7, 2023 at 3:06 pm #1427467
Thank you. Richard asked why I think the URLs are too long; it’s an SEO program telling me these are technical things that hurt my SEO. I will be sure to research that more in-depth and then try your suggestion. Are you aware of how much this would hurt my SEO?
I use a broken link checker that is free to use. Thank you for the GREAT information!!!
PamDecember 7, 2023 at 5:14 pm #1427475
I had not heard that long URLs were bad for SEO, but SEO is not an area that I focus on, here are some articles that I found:
Does URL Length Affect SEO?
Are Long URLs Bad For SEO?
How to Create SEO Friendly URLs
Since you have so many pages inter linking with each other and you don’t want to have broken links, you could plan on adjusting new post URL lengths going forward.
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