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Updating Publishing Paths and URL Structures

Many users who upgrade, especially those who have been using Movable Type since the early days, like to take the opportunity to also update the structure of their URLs to maximize their site for search engines, also known as SEO. For example, older versions of MT published archives with URLs similar to:

http://www.somedomain.com/archives/004622.html

But prefer a URL structure like this:

http://www.somedomain.com/2008/01/my-entry-title-goes-here.html

Where to Edit your URL Structure in MT4

Users wishing to update their publishing paths should take special note that the means by which these changes are made have changed in Movable Type 4.0. In MT 3.x these changes were made on the Publishing Settings Screen:

mt3-pub-settings.png

In MT4 these settings have been moved to the bottom of each respective template. This allows users to more easily see for any given template what files on the system it is responsible for outputting:

mt4-pub-settings.png

Preparing for the Change

Before proceeding with this change, it would be wise to setup your web server to preserve your old URL structure, or to map your old URL structure to your new one. Doing so will ensure that all your old links will continue to work and your readers coming from search engines will still be able to find the content they were searching for.

To help you with this process, we have created the following guide:

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1 Comment

Jonny C

Jonny C on February 16, 2010, 1:16 p.m. Reply

Great to know. Does this work with subdomain too?

Jonny

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