Discussion in 'Search Engine Optimization (SEO)' started by pradeep, Nov 23, 2006.
Which one is search engine friendly, relative URLs or absolute URLs?
Absolute urls. But you can have relative urls doing the job of absolute urls with the help of a .
<A href="one.html">One</A> - Relative URL
<A href="http://www.somesite.com/one.html">One</A> - Absolute URL
<A href="./one.html">One</A> - Absolute url but is actually a relative one.
IMO, you should go with absolute urls as far as SEO is considered as most SE spiders are NOT intelligent like web browsers. With relative urls they tend to stop before proceeding onto a new directory.
But I guess, absolute URLs are harder to maintain.
Yes, that’s true..
But they will not make havoc in your site if something ( directory-subdirectory ) is changed. You will have to give each changed path which will ensure your site’s integrity.
I am sure that search engine spiders can understand both URL formats if they are used correctly.
Yes thats right, both URL's doesn't affect the ranking of a site.
both are different?
I think no different because both are output the same html code
The HTML output can be achieved in multiple ways but the better of the 2 is what makes the difference between ordinary and extra ordinary.
Abosulute url's are comparatively better than Relative url's,but search engine can understand both.Absolute url's are use to identify a resourse independence of their context as compare to Relative url's.
That's a pretty good explanation Lucy!
Absolute URL is search engine friendly. To get more details read differences betwwen both:
An absolute URL typically takes the following form:
The protocol is usually http://, but can also be ftp://, gopher://, or file://. The hostname is the name of the computer. For example, the hostname of Indiana University's central web server is www.indiana.edu. The other_information includes directory and file information. You must use absolute URLs when referring to links on different servers.
A relative URL doesn't contain as much information as an absolute URL does. Relative URLs are convenient because they are shorter and often more portable. However, you can use them only to reference links on the same server as the page that contains them. Relative URLs can take a number of different forms. When referring to a file that occurs in the same directory as the referring page, a URL can be as simple as the name of the file. For example, if you want to create a link in your home page to the file foobar.html, which is in the same directory as your home page, you would use:
<a href="foobar.html">The Wonderful World of Foobar!</a>
If the file you want to link to is in a subdirectory of the directory the referring page is in, you need to enter only the directory information and the name of the file. So if foobar.html were in the foobar subdirectory of your www directory, you could refer to it from your home page by using:
<a href="foobar/foobar.html">The Wonderful World of Foobar!</a>
If the file you want to link to is in a higher directory than the referring page, use .. , which means to go up a directory. For example, to link from foobar.html to home.html, which is in the directory above, you would use:
<a href="../home.html">Go back to my home page</a>
i read ur discussion again and again but i didnt get what is relative Urls and absolute Urls .........i mean what is the function of both .....what is the written format of both .......plz give me complete details ........
Urls in a web page can be specified in 2 ways.
1. Is Relative location to current page.
2. Absolute location.
Say the home page of this site is 2 folders up from this page and so you can link to home page either by url or by specifying the relative path and both would work the same way as far as user experience is concerned.
Separate names with a comma.