7 Replies Latest reply: May 8, 2011 3:36 AM by michaelfromrochester
tomfromchicago Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I need some help with my iWeb site, being hosted on MobileMe.  I have registered a domain name that I believe is functioning properly in accurately pointing to the site I have created with iWeb.  The problem is, the URL changes once the first page loads into something that is dramatically too long.  I am not sure why this is.  I'd like to have it shortened. 

 

The URL in question is www.slice-of-shanghai.com.

 

Once the page loads, I see www.slice-of-shanghai.com/JR/Living_and_Learning_in_Shanghai.html

 

Is there a way to make it so only short version appears?

 

TIA!


MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.7), 4 gigs of RAM, 15: Matte screen
  • fotoger Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have a similar problem. I am not using Mobile Me. When I publish to my simple URL: www.fotogers.com, it adds the folder name and file name plus html. I would like to publish it to the simple URL without the added folder/file/html names added.

    Ken

  • Roddy Level 6 Level 6 (17,265 points)

    You can do this by forwarding your domain name using masking but this will prevent the search engines from finding your website and visitors won't be able to bookmark your pages.

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (121,385 points)

    These are drawbacks to using domain name forwarding with masking:

     

    1. Visitors can only enter your web site via the first page.
    2. Visitors can only bookmark the first page of your site.
    3. If a visitor refreshes a page they will be taken back to the first page of the site.k
    4. Search engines will only be able to use the first page of your site for indexing and rating your site.

     

    Since you have a simple domain name to get visitors to your site initially it doesn't matter what's in the URL window once they get there.  If they want to get back to a particular page they will bookmark it regardless of it's length.

     

    OT

  • fotoger Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you Roddy and OT.

    I am not thrilled that they will see all the extras. If there is no better way to go then it will be.

    Masking sounds terrible.

    Learning more every day.

    Ken

  • Roddy Level 6 Level 6 (17,265 points)

    Visitors should be looking at your web page - not the URL! Its not like they have to remember all that stuff. They just need to enter - domain.com - into the browser.

     

    The more relevant info in the URL - the better the search engines will index it.

     

    If you change the site name in iWeb to something more descriptive than JR you can get even more keywords into each URL.

  • Wyodor Level 6 Level 6 (19,490 points)

    The problem is, the URL changes once the first page loads into something that is dramatically too long. I am not sure why this is.  I'd like to have it shortened.

     

    www.slice-of-shanghai.com/JR/Living_and_Learning_in_Shanghai.html

     

    Is there a way to make it so only short version appears?

     

    Yes, there is a way.

     

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  • michaelfromrochester Level 1 Level 1 (80 points)

    ROFL... translation...... Make the Page Name shorter!!

     

    Thanks for the Sunday morning chuckle Wyodor.