How to reference a topic?

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How to reference a topic?

Post by kamaleon » Sun Aug 26, 2018 6:05 pm

Hello,

Normally, how should we reference topics? What is the standard / best practice?

Should it be like that

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https://www.phpbb.com/community/viewtopic.php?f=556&t=2376856
or like that

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https://www.phpbb.com/community/viewtopic.php?t=2376856
or like that

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https://www.phpbb.com/community/viewtopic.php?f=556&p=14460936
Thank you

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Re: How to reference a topic?

Post by stevemaury » Sun Aug 26, 2018 6:23 pm

https://www.phpbb.com/community/viewtopic.php?f=556&t=2483301
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Re: How to reference a topic?

Post by kamaleon » Sun Aug 26, 2018 6:46 pm

Thanks.

And when creating a sitemap for Google, how should it be?

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Re: How to reference a topic?

Post by stevemaury » Sun Aug 26, 2018 8:22 pm

A sitemap for a dynamic site doesn't make much sense, but I suggest you ask Google.
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Re: How to reference a topic?

Post by kamaleon » Sun Aug 26, 2018 8:34 pm

The extension for creating sitemaps for phpbb that is approved by the phpbb team generates links for topics like this

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https://www.phpbb.com/community/viewtopic.php?t=2376856
Is that ok?

Here is the link to the approved extension by the phpbb team

https://www.phpbb.com/customise/db/exte ... o_sitemap/

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Re: How to reference a topic?

Post by stevemaury » Sun Aug 26, 2018 9:12 pm

The phpBB Team did not create this extension. It merely confirmed that it was secure. We pass no judgment on the usability, functionality or merit of any extension. But any link that works is fine, I guess.
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Re: How to reference a topic?

Post by kamaleon » Sun Aug 26, 2018 9:36 pm

I am aware that the phpbb team did not create the extension, but it approved it I suppose.

The thing is that many links would work (as I posted in my first post) and if you said it should be referenced by method 1 and the sitemap extension is referencing topics by method 2, then I suppose Google will have duplicate content in their index... Which is not good at all...

And this makes me wonder why the extension is approved if it is not following your recommendations.

A bit lost in here...

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Re: How to reference a topic?

Post by stevemaury » Sun Aug 26, 2018 10:19 pm

Approval of an extension does not mean it is valuable or efficient or useful, although this one may be if it updates itself really frequently. The forum is not required in a link - only the topic #. The link form I showed you is the one presented to the browser.

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Re: How to reference a topic?

Post by Lumpy Burgertushie » Sun Aug 26, 2018 11:12 pm

and I seriously doubt that either way you decide to use it would cause any duplicate content warnings from google.

the duplicate content stuff was a problem years ago to keep people from actually duplicating webpages under different domain names trying to get better rankings. that would still probably get you a warning if you actually did that. however, google has learned a lot in the last few years. they have no problem now understanding how a dynamic website like a bulletin board works and how it needs to create the internal links etc.
so, don't worry about the duplicate content thing .


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Re: How to reference a topic?

Post by STN » Mon Aug 27, 2018 12:31 am

If you're referring to this sitemap - https://www.phpbb.com/customise/db/exte ... o_sitemap/

I use it as well and i can confirm no issues with duplicate content.

Google is pretty smart and has figured out how phpbb functions and doesn't cause issues. I am not sure if phpbb does canonical urls, that helps with duplicate content issue.

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Re: How to reference a topic?

Post by thecoalman » Mon Aug 27, 2018 1:27 am

Ideally the href links, canonical UR Land sitemap all have links with the same format. href links and the canonical URL do not follow the same format in phpBB. The canonical URL uses this format:

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https://www.phpbb.com/community/viewtopic.php?t=2376856
href links use this format:

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https://www.phpbb.com/community/viewtopic.php?f=556&t=2376856
My best judgment is that the sitemap using the canonical URL's is the best way to proceed other than modifying the code so all three match.

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Re: How to reference a topic?

Post by kamaleon » Mon Aug 27, 2018 7:46 am

Thanks to all the replies.

I will be using the sitemap extension and see how it goes.

And one more delicate question.

Any plans to change the URLs to make them more user friendly in the near future? Just to know... Or they will stay like that?

Thanks

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Re: How to reference a topic?

Post by Mick » Mon Aug 27, 2018 7:56 am

The “friendly url” thing (which I personally think is a misnomer) has been discussed and discussed and, as far as I’m aware, it’s staying as it is, for now anyway. Just search on here there are lots of hits on the subject.
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