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SEO friendly URL

Posted: Tue Mar 07, 2017 12:30 pm
by Phpuser200
Hello,

I have installed PHPbb 3.2, and would like to have SEO friendly URL.
Are there any instructions how to do it?
What plugin do i need to install?

I have been searching in google last day and nothing worked out for me.

Thank you.

Re: SEO friendly URL

Posted: Tue Mar 07, 2017 1:15 pm
by HiFiKabin
There is no released SEO URL extension for phpBB 3.2.x but there is at least one in development (not top be used on live boards)

If all you want SEO URL's for is to help your ranking, it is not necessary. Have a read of THIS which Google have not to my knowledge changed since it was first published.

Re: SEO friendly URL

Posted: Sat Jun 17, 2017 3:26 pm
by mfive
I find it really frustrating at the amount of denial here about clean-URLs being a positive and impactful feature for a website/forum.

Maybe we need to stop calling them SEO-URLs. The value is much greater than just "search engine friendly URLs". When people paste or see a link to your website and it looks like this: viewtopic.php?f=556&t=2413136

There's no denying that the following (or similar) looks better:
topics/seo-friendly-url-556

This is SO much more than just seo-related. But it does have an affect on SEO, while even not directly from google. More people are inclined to paste your link if it's easy to see the description in the URL, and of links that are out there, more people are inclined to click those links when they are easy to read. And, we all know that link-banks have a huge impact on search rankings. That's just one example.

The denial from many of the developers associated with PHPbb is astounding. The mindset really needs to change because pretty-URLs ARE important... from a user-perception perspective, from a search perspective, and from a usability perspective - having them would add value to this forum software and to it's users'/administrators websites.

Re: SEO friendly URL

Posted: Sat Jun 17, 2017 6:43 pm
by Mick
At the end of it, the support forums are not the place for this discussion. If you need whatever it is you need you should be posting in the extensions forums.

Re: SEO friendly URL

Posted: Sat Jun 17, 2017 8:17 pm
by Steve
At the moment phpBB software is reliant on requested variables from the URL/link provided, in the future controllers && routes will kick in I presume! with your frustrated attitude ... I'd just wait! :lol:

For eg, an extension written beyond the phpBB software can support a readable URL but be active in providing information to parse the page.

E.g. Extension route

http://www.steven-clark.online/phpBB3-E ... s/Showroom

Then another:

http://www.steven-clark.online/phpBB3-E ... ord-Escort

Re: SEO friendly URL

Posted: Wed Nov 14, 2018 1:33 pm
by Fribster
HiFiKabin wrote:
Tue Mar 07, 2017 1:15 pm
There is no released SEO URL extension for phpBB 3.2.x but there is at least one in development (not top be used on live boards)

If all you want SEO URL's for is to help your ranking, it is not necessary. Have a read of THIS which Google have not to my knowledge changed since it was first published.
I’ve Always struggled to understand phpbb’s stance on no need for friendly urls, but as I’m not a programmer or such I’ve just taken it as the folk that are in the know - know best..
However, I’ve stumbled across this today...
https://support.google.com/webmasters/a ... 6329?hl=en

So many of us forum owners love phpbb for its capabilities and security, but we hit brick walls when questioning things..
Surely this is a call for a friendly url (seo) update guys??

Re: SEO friendly URL

Posted: Wed Nov 14, 2018 4:54 pm
by Victor2018
At the moment, the only "stable" SEO extension compatible with phpBB 3.2.X is the following: https://www.inveostore.com/phpbb-seo-extension-40
but it is at paid. It's not as efficient as the one on the Olympus series (dcz), but it works.

All CMS (Joomla, Wordpress, Drupal, etc.) and Forum Software (Vbuletin, SMF, etc.) have at least SEO extensions, with URLs rewritten. We must resign ourselves to the fact that the URLs rewritten on phpBB are not considered necessary, even if many users want them. Patience. It seems to me a dogmatic formulation to say that "they do not serve" and that's it. They do not serve, ok. But one can want them anyway!

Attention, the mentioned paid extension, necessarily requires either the Zend Guard Loader library for PHP (64 bit) or ionCube Loader (64 bit). One of the two. Otherwise, it does not work. The php 7 is fine. Furthermore, it costs a little more after logging in.

Re: SEO friendly URL

Posted: Wed Nov 14, 2018 4:57 pm
by Lumpy Burgertushie
don't hold your breath for this.

I read that article you linked. it is a lot different from other official google posts on the subject.

what this article says is what goolge used to say before they figured out how to crawl and list dynamic web sites like phpbb etc.

I couldn't find a date on that article so I don't know how old it is.

the reality is that for SEO purposes it simply is not needed since google etc. have no problem at all listing the urls created by phpbb and most other bulletin board softwares.
as to the human factor, these days most people don't look at the url, they just click it.

and depending on who wrote the link and why, it will probably be a text link anyway and the viewer will never even see the actual url.

most board owners will gain the most benefit from just providing quality content and lots of it.
you will not hear many complaints about the url of links on a bulletin board.

remember, this discussion is about phpbb bulletin board script and not any other type of website.

luck,
robert

Re: SEO friendly URL

Posted: Wed Nov 14, 2018 7:37 pm
by GanstaZ
So many topics about seo, but to find on in support forum.. It doesn't belong here. When all the files will be loaded by front controller (app.php/routes) you will get so called better urls.

Re: SEO friendly URL

Posted: Tue Mar 26, 2019 9:02 am
by DarKMaSk
HiFiKabin wrote:
Tue Mar 07, 2017 1:15 pm
There is no released SEO URL extension for phpBB 3.2.x but there is at least one in development (not top be used on live boards)

If all you want SEO URL's for is to help your ranking, it is not necessary. Have a read of THIS which Google have not to my knowledge changed since it was first published.
Beautifully simple and well explained answer for all the 'Myths' regarding SEO, obviously for a forum only websites. I think I do not need to anything with my site and make it worst rather than doing any good. So, regarding SEO, I will not searching again.

Thanks friend.
Regards.

Re: SEO friendly URL

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2019 2:30 pm
by thecoalman
  1. Friendly URL's if anything provide context to the user clicking or hovering over the link. Anchor text is also important and Google treats a - as a space.
  2. All links going to same resource are uniform other that sort etc. The bot will index or reindex content instead of following a bunch links to same content with different URL's .
Even if it provides no benefit to search engine rankings these are both beneficial things.

In any event I would caution anybody about using an extension for this. This is not something you can simply disable. Maintenance becomes a very big issue especially if the extension author abandons the project, is slow to update when phpBB updates etc. It's a maintenance nightmare forever. I'd avoid it for that reason alone until it added into the core or as a official extension so you know you'll have support for it going forward.

Re: SEO friendly URL

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2019 2:34 pm
by thecoalman
Lumpy Burgertushie wrote:
Wed Nov 14, 2018 4:57 pm
I couldn't find a date on that article so I don't know how old it is.
It's not an article necessarily but from the help center for the Search Console, in other words it's current.

Re: SEO friendly URL

Posted: Tue Apr 16, 2019 3:12 pm
by abdu7maan
Sooner or later they will have to add friendly links

Re: SEO friendly URL

Posted: Tue Apr 16, 2019 3:13 pm
by david63
abdu7maan wrote:
Tue Apr 16, 2019 3:12 pm
Sooner or later they will have to add friendly links
Who will and why?

Re: SEO friendly URL

Posted: Tue Apr 16, 2019 3:16 pm
by KevC
There are already 80 google hits for your site so it's already being indexed perfectly well without the apparently essential SEO friendly links.